Making a record: More about your time line and CaseMap

The other day I raved about CaseMap, a favorite computer program I used when I worked for lawyers.

But I hadn’t employed it since 2003 and wanted to make sure that no matter how improved it had become, it still worked as wonderfully, as sweetly as I remembered. So I loaded CaseMap’s try-me-out version and tried it out.

Since–going against all my own recommendations–I’ve been pretty lazy about the lawsuit I filed on behalf of my broken metatarsal and against the hole in the sidewalk causing the aforementioned broken metatarsal, I flung everything I had on this lawsuit into CaseMap.

Once again, I am entranced…and slightly disgruntled (I’ll tell you why in a minute). I inserted the entire history into CaseMap, starting with:

Date & Time                                    Fact Text

Fri 01/25/2008 ∼ 4:00 p.m. ET    Naomi Fein, returning from                                                             Chelsea Market w/bag…

When you use a neat little function called “date stamp” to plug in the date and time (with options for rough estimates), CaseMap automatically inserts the day. Love it.

I’d kept fairly good handwritten notes about conversations I’d had with my lawyers. Those conversations went in, too, as well as the visits I made to the lawyers to sign things. (The next time I talk to the lawyers on the phone, I will open CaseMap and “take my notes” right into my time line.)

I’ve never attended court for this lawsuit and therefore do not know what actually went on. So after I finished putting in all the facts I knew, I entered the Supreme Court records of my case and printed out and inserted all the court dates. It looks like not much went on.

And then, because I have a bunch of receipts in the file–receipts for expenses I would not have had if I hadn’t been immobilized and stuck at home–I put those in, as well. So I now have a record that on Sat 01/26/2008, after 7 p.m. ET, I ordered a lot of food from Empire Szechuan, paid $51, including tip.

With any spreadsheet program other than CaseMap, I would have had to scroll through dates, find where I wanted to insert the information, insert a blank row, then plug in Empire Szechuan. Takes a lot of time.

With CaseMap, I just stuck each piece of info into the end of the chart. Then I pressed the “refresh” button and CaseMap put everything into chronology, by itself. Dreamy.

And CaseMap eases you into creating tables for persons, organizations, places, discovery and many more. You can choose or ignore CaseMap’s suggestions, or set up lists on your own. There’s even a tab for questions. (I should start using this.)

So CaseMap pulls together everything you will need when you look for a lawyer: a time line, a cast of characters and a case list.

I notice from both my chart and visits to the Supreme Court case file that settlement negotiations haven’t begun yet–three and half years after I was injured. And this is the source of my disgruntlement.

So not only did I e-mail my lawyer, requesting an update on the status of my lawsuit (and reminding him of things he told me last January—a conversation excerpted in my CaseMap time line—things that have not yet happened), I have now put into CaseMap and my calendar the next court date. This time I will be attending.

I’ve asked the company for the cost of licensing CaseMap and will report it when I get the information. And I’ve put the CaseMap link into my Sites of Interest. Try it. You’ll become addicted…to feeling in control of yourself, your lawyers and your lawsuit.

In fact, if you use CaseMap, you’ll barely need me and my advice.

Barely.

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