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E-Discovery Software: FirstLink Chain of Custody

FirstLink by Trial Solutions is the Gold Standard in File Inventory Reporting and Chain of Custody

A trial can be lost quickly if opposing counsel can show that the evidence chain of custody was violated. Before the world became computerized, proving chain of custody was easier. Attorneys and law enforcement filled out a chain of custody form that showed who had handled the evidence and the dates and times.

With so much evidence coming from computers, many law firms need chain of custody software that is fast and easy to use. FirstLink™ File Inventory software tracks the electronic evidence at the time it is received. All electronic files and directories are identified and recorded.

Four Good Reasons to Use FirstLink — Chain of Custody Tool

Trial Solutions FirstLink is a free, online tool that gives you an inventory of your electronic discovery collection. We believe there are some very compelling reasons to use it.

1. WITHIN MINUTES YOU'LL GET A HANDLE ON THE SIZE AND SCOPE OF YOUR ELECTRONIC DISCOVERY COLLECTION.

Never have the costs of litigation been scrutinized as much as they are today, especially the costs for handling documents. Decision makers want to know — right now — "What is this going to cost?"

Estimating costs isn't that difficult if you have a good feel for the size of your collection. Use FirstLink to create an inventory of your electronic discovery collection and you'll get clear, readable summaries of the types and numbers of files in your collection.

2. IT WILL PROVIDE SOLID CHAIN OF CUSTODY REPORTS.

A trial can fall apart quickly if the evidence chain of custody is compromised. FirstLink lets you track your electronic evidence from the moment you receive it. FirstLink reports provide the information you'll need to demonstrate an uncompromised chain of custody — reports that you can rely on in court.

3. IT'S ALWAYS AVAILABLE AND YOU ARE IN CONTROL.

There's no software to buy or support. You access the tool on our web site and apply it to files on your hard drive. There's no need to get us involved. You never share your data or your reports, unless you choose to use our electronic discovery processing and review tools.

The tool is there for you to use, whenever you need it. And when you use it, you'll have your inventory reports in minutes.

4. IT'S FREE.

That's right. No charge. No registration. No login. No strings. Just access it and use it. We won't even know you're there. FirstLink requires only your Web browser and Microsoft Silverlight, a free Flash-like plug-in for your browser that downloads in seconds.

Click here to try FirstLink now with any files on your hard drive. We are confident that you will find it easy to use and invaluable to your case.

FirstLink Reports

FirstLink provides the following three reports to support the chain of custody of electronic information.

  1. Inventory By Directory - this report lists all folders and the total file count in each folder, along with the total file size of each folder.
  2. Inventory By File - this report gives a detailed listing of all files and their associated location along with file size, date created and last date modified.
  3. Inventory By File Type - this report lists all file type extensions and the number of files associated with each extension.

Click to access FirstLink (Note, first time users will be required to install ASP.net, if it is not already installed on the local computer.)

Computer forensics chain of custody is still evolving as courts and attorneys determine the rules. In 2008, new rules regarding electronic discovery took effect in nine states. Still, more than half of the United States have no rules regarding forensic chain of custody. The experts at Trial Solutions watch the evolving rules for electronic discovery from the federal courts and states courts to eliminate the risk that the evidence will be ruled inadmissible on a technicality.

When preparing for trial, you need reliable chain of custody software supported by experts that know the latest rules. We conduct electronic discovery from any type of computer or operating system including Windows, Linux or Macintosh. FirstLink by Trial Solutions is the gold standard in computer forensics file inventory and chain of custody.

Please contact Trial Solutions at 713-462-6464 for a demo or more information.

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