Thank you for visiting the Family Law Lawyer Tech & Practice blog. My name is John Harding. I am a family law lawyer practicing in northern California. Long ago I realized that I could practice law more effectively and more efficiently (i.e., better and easier) by availing myself of the technological tools that are out there. I also learned that a successful law practice requires successful marketing. Hardware and software working together make me a better lawyer, and make my life easier. Marketing helps to bring in the business necessary for professional survival. By this blog I hope to share the tips, tricks, and technology that I have learned about so that others may benefit!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Law Practice Management Webinar

MyCase  is presenting Top 10 Law Practice Management Tips for 2016. Featuring lawyer and law practice management advisor Heidi Alexander, the program is scheduled for Wednesday, February 24th at 11am PT / 12pm MT / 1pm CT / 2pm ET.

Per the program brochure:

Gone are the days when you can hang a shingle outside your brick and mortar law practice and expect clients to walk through the door. Times have changed and so has the practice of law. In this webinar, Heidi will discuss her top tips for managing a modern law practice. 
You'll learn:
  • How to keep pace with growing client demands
  • How to be competitive in an increasingly saturated market
  • How to make your practice more efficient
  • How and what technologies to implement
  • How to take your practice on the go
Hope you can make it!
Karen O. Gray, Esq

PS- We know life gets busy. If you can't make it to the live session, register today to receive the webinar recording.

PPS- MyCase was recognized as Marketing Department of the Year for providing outstanding educational content & webinars for legal professionals by the 2015 American Business Awards.

Please visit hardinglaw.com for more information about Harding & Associates Family Law 

#Harding&AssociatesFamilyLaw #californiafamilylaw #divorce #family law #superlawyers #americanacademyofmatrimoniallawyers #Pleasantondivorce #AlamedaCountyDivorce #ContraCostaCountyDivorce #lawyers

Sunday, January 31, 2016

That's A Big Family Law Firm

Consider these numbers:

200+ lawyers
10 partners
100+ offices
Lawyers in 30 states
An international practice that includes lawyers in the UK

Such is the behemoth that is Cordell & Cordell, the country's largest (and fastest growing) family law law firm.

Utilizing the for men only marketing approach, St. Louis based C&C has exploded since its 1990 founding as a general practice law firm.

Aggressive advertising, aggressive expansion, aggressive attorney recruitment have driven C&C, an unsurpassed social media presence. Reminiscent of Jacoby & Meyers and Hyatt Legal Services, Cordell & Cordell has hit its stride as this decade's model for consumer oriented law firm growth.

From a marketing and internet perspective this firm has it all. If you want to learn from one of the most innovative marketing machines in family law practice click on over to the C&C websites. They are sites to behold.
They also have an evolved presence on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc., etc.

Please visit hardinglaw.com for more information about Harding & Associates Family Law 

#cordellcordell #Harding&AssociatesFamilyLaw #californiafamilylaw #divorce #family law #superlawyers #americanacademyofmatrimoniallawyers #Pleasantondivorce #AlamedaCountyDivorce #ContraCostaCountyDivorce #lawyers

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

De-Stress in 2016

Jim Calloway is the Director of the Oklahoma Bar Association's Management Assistance Program. He is also a law technology pioneer. He served as co-chair of ABA TECHSHOW 2005 and the first two GPSSF National Solo and Small Firm Conferences in 2006 and 2007. He writes and speaks frequently on legal technology issues, Internet research, law office management and organization and legal ethics. He is the author of Jim Calloway's Law Practice Tips Blogs, one of the first blogs period, and certainly one of the first focusing on legal technology. He is the co-host of The Digital Edge podcast series on the Legal Talk Network. If there was a lawyers' internet and technology hall of fame, Jim would be in it.

Jim has published Toward A Less Stressful Workplace in the latest issue of Law Practice Magazine. It is a great reminder that we need to be mindful of, and plan for the stress that is an inevitable product of our chosen profession. By Jim's own admission none of his tips are new. They are great reminders that are easily forgotten when we get busy.  For instance, in 2016 how about getting in the habit of meeting deadlines a day or two before they arrive?  How about abandoning the mentality that days off show weakness?  When you go on vacation, Go On Vacation! Stress is not to be ignored. It can be managed. That starts by acknowledging it.

Please visit hardinglaw.com for more information about Harding & Associates Family Law 

#stress #Harding&AssociatesFamilyLaw #californiafamilylaw #divorce #family law #superlawyers #americanacademyofmatrimoniallawyers #Pleasantondivorce #AlamedaCountyDivorce #ContraCostaCountyDivorce #lawyers

Friday, January 1, 2016

Refresh The Speed of Your iPhone


Like every computer, iPhone's can get sluggish when their on-board memory gets stuffed. Here is a little known trick to clear things out, and re-boost the speed of your iPhone.

Open the AppStore on you iPhone. At the bottom of the screen you will see the Featured, Top Charts, Explore, Search, and Updates buttons. Press any of those buttons ten (10) times in quick succession.  The screen will briefly turn white, and then the AppStore will return.

Your iPhone will now have refreshed memory, and processing speed should be improved.

Please visit hardinglaw.com for more information about Harding & Associates Family Law 

#iphone #Harding&AssociatesFamilyLaw #californiafamilylaw #divorce #family law #superlawyers #americanacademyofmatrimoniallawyers #Pleasantondivorce #AlamedaCountyDivorce #ContraCostaCountyDivorce #lawyers

Monday, December 21, 2015

Attention AbacusLaw Users!

What do AbacusLaw practice management software, a home shopping network in Europe, PADI - the world's largest scuba diving organization, and a Brazilian wireless tower provider have in common?  As of December they are all companies owned by Providence Equity.

According to the December 15th press release:
“Abacus provides peace of mind for legal professionals confronted with data privacy vulnerabilities and rigid compliance regulations in today’s fast-paced digital world” said Alessandra Lezama, CEO of Abacus. “Our partnership with Providence will allow us to continue to transform our company and execute on the strategy to quickly scale up our technology infrastructure to meet the ever-growing demand for secure DaaS, extending our offering to other verticals that share risks associated with technology paralysis and that are subject to compliance regulations such as legal professionals.” Providence is a leading global private equity firm with over $40 billion in commitments and a focus on media, communications, education, and information investments. Providence is making the investment in Abacus from its Providence Strategic Growth (PSG) fund.
 “Abacus has proven industry expertise and their continued commitment to advancing their technology and servicing their customer base has been a major driver of the momentum and success they have experienced,” said Marco Ferrari, Managing Director at Providence. “We are excited to partner with a management team that has proven its ability to operate a world-class organization and help further accelerate their success and growth."

What does this mean for us lawyers depending on AbacusLaw in our practices?  The skeptic (nay realist) in me says nothing good.  An East Coast investment house probably does not invest in a San Diego law practice software company unless the software company is in financial trouble, or has a core product that can be thinned out and sold to other industries. A software company tightly focused on law firms only is never going to be a venture capital profit powerhouse as there just are not enough customers.  Look at the language in the press release: transform, strategy to scale up, extending our offering to other verticals. Nothing in there to suggest law practice is going to stay on the top of the pyramid.

I took a look at the management of Providence.  Very impressive roster of Ivy Leaguers.  While there are some law school grads amongst them, with the exception of the general counsel of the company I am not seeing too many lawyers with actual law practice experience.  Not a good omen for a law practice software company. I predict that with the company now being run by investment bankers the cost of Abacus will go up, the customer service will go down, the focus on law practice management software will disappear. I hope I am wrong, but me thinks it won't be long before we may be shopping for new systems if we truly want to keep using software dedicated to law practice management,

Please visit hardinglaw.com for more information about Harding & Associates Family Law 

#providenceequity #abacuslaw #Harding&AssociatesFamilyLaw #californiafamilylaw #divorce #family law #superlawyers #americanacademyofmatrimoniallawyers #Pleasantondivorce #AlamedaCountyDivorce #ContraCostaCountyDivorce #lawyers

Sunday, December 20, 2015

How About A Chat, Interview, Rountable, Forum . . . .

Time to share some tips folks.  Mine is ReplyAll.  A free service that let's you host chat conversations, and then post them as content on your blog or website.  You can check it out below. Go ahead and post your tip so that the conversation can grow, and our colleagues can learn some new stuff!

Please visit hardinglaw.com for more information about Harding & Associates Family Law #replyall #Harding&AssociatesFamilyLaw #californiafamilylaw #divorce #family law #superlawyers #americanacademyofmatrimoniallawyers #Pleasantondivorce #AlamedaCountyDivorce #ContraCostaCountyDivorce #lawyers

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Are You Still Licking Stamps?

Funny thing happened to me the other day . . . I was opening the mail and I came across an envelope that had been prepared by a typewriter, and had a hand affixed postage stamp.  Wow, I thought that process went out in the early 2000's?

Stamps.com is the new way to do postage.  It is software that links to your word processor, your
Outlook, your QuickBooks, etc., etc.  Rather than feeding an envelope into your typewriter and then licking a stamp, you put an envelope into your printer, click the mouse a couple of times, and out comes an envelope fully addressed, with postage printed on it.

It really is too simple to be true, and a huge productivity enhancer.  Heck they will give you a $5 credit just to try it out.

The drawback is that you have to have a paid subscription to the service, but that investment is more than offset by the time you save processing postage.

Please visit hardinglaw.com for more information about Harding & Associates Family Law 

#stamps.com #postage #Harding&AssociatesFamilyLaw #californiafamilylaw #divorce #family law #superlawyers #americanacademyofmatrimoniallawyers #Pleasantondivorce #AlamedaCountyDivorce #ContraCostaCountyDivorce #lawyers