AiL010 – Patrick Best manages and annotates his files in iAnnotate

AiL010 – Patrick Best manages and annotates his files in iAnnotate

My guest today is Patrick “PJ” Best who is an attorney at ARM Lawyers based in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. The firm may possibly have the best tagline of any law firm I’ve heard: ARM Lawyers – the Strong ARM of the Law!

PJ works on social security and disability claims, and is also an experienced bankruptcy attorney which is how we came to know each other (not that I’ve declared bankruptcy yet).

I recently spoke at the annual conference of Pennsylvania Middle District Bankruptcy Bar Association, which is where I met PJ. I gave a presentation about lawyers using iPads in their practice, and PJ was one of the only attorneys in the room with a mega, 12.9” iPad Pro so I had to say hello and I invited PJ to join me on the podcast.

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  1. Jerry Geiger - July 31, 2017 12:26 pm

    Great to see another Stroudsburg lawyer is using the iPad. I currently use Readdle’s PDF Expert 6 but will check out iAnnotate to see if it adds any additional functionality.

    I noticed the reference to PJ using the “mega 12.9” iPad Pro.” I’m a trial lawyer and, while I see the utility in having a bigger screen, I’m wondering whether its too unwieldy for using during trials and appellate arguments. I’m due for an upgrade (I use a 3rd generation iPad) and plan on buying a Pro to use with the Apple Pencil. Just haven’t yet decided on a size.

    ~Jerry Geiger

    • Brett Burney - July 31, 2017 12:36 pm

      Thanks for the comment Mr. Geiger. I’m also a big fan of PDF Expert 6 and have always preferred it over iAnnotate, but PJ makes some great points in the podcast. (Here’s my review of iAnnotate with my thoughts:

      On the size of your next iPad Pro, I hear different viewpoints and honestly believe it comes down to a personal preference. I hear some folks love the larger size, just because they can see everything so much better. And don’t feel that the 12.9″ size is much bigger than walking around with a yellow legal pad.

      On the other hand, I’ve heard so many folks who are absolutely tickled with the newer 10.5″ size – they say that with the slightly larger screen than the 9.7″ size, they have the best of both worlds in that it’s still a smaller device overall, but the slightly larger screen is brilliant. I fall into this camp and think he 10.5″ iPad Pro is fantastic.

      I’ll also have PJ weigh in to give his comments. Thanks again!

      • PJ Best - July 31, 2017 3:10 pm


        I agree with Brett that it comes down to preference. I will say this though, now that I’ve used the 12.9″ iPad, I will never move back to the smaller one.

        I’ve found that the 12.9″ iPad fits just fine in my briefcase, but adds the added benefit of being able to view documents such as medical records in a larger size. For me, it makes it easier to annotate them and make notes because there’s simply more room on the screen.

        I’ve had smaller iPads in the past and they’ve worked for me. I would understand if someone really loved their iPad Mini. For me though, the 12.9″ iPad is best.

        Thanks for listening!

        • Brett Burney - July 31, 2017 3:40 pm

          Thanks PJ! That’s great advice. Like I said, for those folks that have used the 12.9″ iPad Pro, they won’t go back 🙂

          Here’s a quote from my good friend Jeff Richardson over at the iPhone J.D. blog (

          After using the 12.9″ screen for 19 months, I wouldn’t want to go back to the smaller screen. It’s a big change at first and takes a week or two to get used to, so give yourself time before you decide if it is right for you. Remember, Apple has a 14-day, no-questions-asked return policy, so if it still seems too big for you after 10 days, you will still have four more days to get to an Apple Store and swap it out for the smaller version. But I love the larger screen.

          Wait, are PJ and Jeff the same person? Haha. Thanks guys!