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practicePRO’s claims prevention and law practice management resources continue to grow in popularity with lawyers. In 2009 almost 150,000 copies of our articles, checklists and precedents were downloaded.

We’ve compiled the list of the forty most popular downloads for 2009. Many of them are consistently popular year to year, such as Peg Duncan’s e-discovery reading list, limitation periods charts, retainer precedents and various technology articles. There were a few interesting developments though:

  • The Sample Budget Spreadsheet came in in the top spot, with twice as many downloads as last year. A sign of lawyers taking a closer look at their finances in a tough economic year?
  • The LawPRO Fraud Fact Sheet had 2,500 downloads, and has proven to be a very popular resource for lawyers looking to avoid becoming victims of the ever more sophisticated frauds targeting them.
  • Lawyers love their BlackBerrys. Our BlackBerry 101 tips article from the summer of 2008 is still in the top ten a year later.

The top downloads list is a good indicator of what’s of interest to lawyers year over year, and what issues are concerns in certain years in particular. We’ve tracked the top downloads for each of the past four years.

See the forty most popular downloads for 2009 for tools and resources you can use to reduce your risk of a malpractice claim. The top downloads of 2008 and 2007 are also posted on this page.