ezBriefs, a Microsoft Word Add-In, automates one of the most basic, yet time-consuming tasks associated with creating a brief, which is building a Table of Authorities. Creating Tables of Authorities is typically a time-consuming manual process using Microsoft Word's built-in reference tools for marking primary and subsequent citations. This still requires someone to manually find, highlight, and then mark with a "TA" entry each citation within a document. This process takes approximately 90 minutes on an average-sized brief.
ezBriefs, cuts that time exponentially. From the ezBriefs' menu in the Microsoft Word ribbon, the user can automatically find all of the cited authority in the brief. This takes seconds. The user can set their formatting preferences (in the left task pane), then save those preferences for later use. The user then can review and edit the cited authority found (in the right task pane), including improperly formatted citations automatically identified by comparing found citations within our case law database. Once reviewed, all that is left is a click of a button.
Once preferences have been saved, and assuming properly formatted cites, future Tables of Authorities can be created in seconds.
The user clicks on "Table Builder" on the Ribbon, then "Insert Table" in the left task pane, and then like magic, the Table of Authorities is finished. The whole process from beginning to end takes no more than a few seconds.
AUTOMATED CITATION FINDER
Let ezBriefs do the heavy lifting when it's time to build your Table of Authorities. Simply click 'find' on the ezBriefs Ribbon and in seconds all your cited authority is listed on the right panel within Word for you to review, edit, add or remove. It is that simple.
We also identify potential formatting issues with your case citations by comparing found citations in your brief against our case law database. We alert you to both minor punctuation errors and to more significant issues like citing the wrong volume, reporter or page number.
ENHANCED FORMATTING OPTIONS
Our enhanced formatting options allow you to not only select but to save your formatting preferences as a default. You will have the option to select fonts, paragraph properties, varying line breaks, i.e. after citation title, before each petition history, etc., turn on or off passim and several other easy to use options.
AUTOMATED TOA GENERATOR
Once you have completed your review and chosen your TOA formatting preferences, all that is left is to click 'insert table' and you are done. If you need to make changes after the fact, just make the changes and click 'update table' and your new additions will be added in the appropriate place within the Table of Authorities.