In a recent post here, I told you about iPleading, an iPhone and iPad app that lets lawyers get a head start on the process of drafting a legal pleading. As I reported then, the app did not work as it was supposed to. When I pointed this out to its developers, they immediately acknowledged that it had stopped working and said that a working version was nearly ready.

That working version is now posted to the iTunes store. If you’ve already purchased the app, you should make sure to get the update.

Having now tested it as it is supposed to work, I am not sold on the app’s utility. See my earlier post for a description of what it does. What you end up with are two e-mail attachments, one a fillable PDF form with the first page of your pleading and the other a Word document set up in a pleading format. The format is described as being in accord with California rules of court.

Unless I’m missing something, this whole process seems like more effort than you’d go through by simply using your own template. And your own template has the advantage of being your own, set up the way you like it and, presumably, in accordance with your local court rules.

Although I am not sold on the app, I will give high praise to the people at Esq. Apps, its developer. From the moment I alerted them to the problem, they were highly responsive and communicative. They tried to weed out the cause of the problem almost immediately and, once they discovered the glitch, rapidly got it repaired.

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.