When last I visited Cheetah, the new legal research platform from Wolters Kluwer, it was for a review I wrote for the ABA Journal. At the time, the new platform covered only three practice areas: securities and corporate, antitrust and competition, and litigation, with tax and intellectual property due out next.
This week, Cheetah for Tax Law arrived. Designed for tax attorneys, Wolters Kluwer says, it combines authoritative content, expert analysis, practice tools, and current awareness into the Cheetah platform, which is a faster, sleeker and more intuitive improvement over WK’s older platform, IntelliConnect.
Although I tested the Cheetah platform for my ABA Journal review, I have not been hands-on with Cheetah for Tax Law. WK’s press release announcing its launch touts these benefits:
- Contextual results within seconds. Cheetah for Tax Law organizes content topically around what the user wants to accomplish. The platform then presents the most relevant and meaningful information based on the matter the user is seeking.
- One-click access to the relevant section of the Tax Code. When a user puts in a citation, Cheetah automatically recognizes that the user needs a Tax Code, Treasury Regulation, IRS Agency Material, or other citation, and goes directly to that cited source. From there, the user can see the document with the history notes, or run a deeper search to see all of the primary and secondary source content related to that citation.
- Customization, insights, and information for specific practice areas. For tax attorneys who focus in a particular area, Cheetah provides specialized areas for federal taxation; international taxation; state and local taxation; and estates, gifts and trusts taxation. Further, Cheetah allows users to customize their practice pages based on the information they value the most.
- Anytime, anywhere access. Cheetah can be accessed from any web-enabled mobile device as well as desktops or laptops.
Jean O’Grady had a preview of the new platform and offers her impressions at her blog Dewey B Strategic.
Below is WK’s product brochure for Cheetah for Tax Law.