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!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

FutureLawyer First To Leak New iWatch

We have all been waiting a long, long, long time for Apple's iWatch.  Rumors are that when it actually hits the street it is going to be a huge disappointment.  Well that time is now! Congratulations to Rick Georges over at FutureLawyer for being the first to report on the new iWatch. Here is the very first photo:

Click here for the story.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Running Windows Software On A Mac

Our mainline computers at the firm are Windows machines.  However, my laptop is a Mac Book Pro and my home computer is a Mac.  The Macs are superior in every way.  Better operating system, better software, better screens . . . .

We go with the Windows computers at the office because all of the legal-specific software that we use is Windows-only (for example, AbacusLaw, DissoMaster, Attorney's Briefcase).  Sucks, but that's how it is.

There is an alternative. It is called Windows Virtualization.  Parallels and VM Ware Fusion 6 are software programs that allow you to install Windows on your Apple computer, and then run Windows and all of your Windows software on that computer.  I have installed Parallels on my Mac Book Pro and it is AWESOME!

Once you have the virtualization software installed you simply click an icon and then Windows is running on your Apple machine.  Totally seamless.  It seems to me that Windows runs even better and faster on my MBP than it does on my native Windows machine -- and the same can be said for the Windows programs that I run on the Mac.

Now I can have the best of both worlds.  Windows programs and Mac Happiness.

Fusion 6 on a Mac

A couple of confessions:  In addition to buying Parallels or Fusion 6, you are also going to have to buy a copy of Windows to install on your Mac.  Your looking at more than a couple of hundred dollars.  Also, the complete installation on your Mac can be a bit challenging.  Be humble and call tech support.  With help it took me about an hour and a half to get it done.

I am going to be speaking on this topic at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in Chicago on November 5, 2014.  Stop by and say hi!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

New Wearable Smartphone from Samsung

The folks over at BGR are some of the first to break the story on the new non-android, wearable smartphone from Samsung.

Running on Samsung's own Tinzen operating system the Gear S is a fully functioning 3G smartphone.  As you can see from the picture you can also wear it as a watch.  Pretty cool!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Well, I am well rested (sorta?) from our family vacation to Dubai, Singapore, Malaysia, and Japan.  Now it's back to work and back to blogging....

Jim Calloway is the Director of the Oklahoma Bar Association's Management Assistance Program.  He also publishes the excellent Jim Calloway's Law Practice Tips Blog. From his desk at the Oklahoma Bar Association he has published an article on recent technology news and developments. Therein Jim deals with Facebook news, iPhone news, Android news, the future of law practice. Heck, he even mentions driverless cars.

Please click here to catch up on all the latest from Jim.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Smartphones Are Getting Bigger

Remember when smaller was better in the cell phone world?  Well, we are apparently heading in the opposite direction.  Now smartphones are getting bigger.  Here is the Samsung Galaxy W:

It is a big boy, with a 7 inch screen.  That's BIG.  My iPhone 5S has a 4 inch screen, and it only measures 5 inches from tip to tail.   

The android driven W is on the street in China, and heading for the U.S. It is being referred to as a  "tablet phone," so we have new lexicon to add to our vocab.  My question is how is this thing gonna fit in my pocket?

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Jawbone ERA headset review

Plantronics Voyager Legend
For a couple of years now I have been using the Plantronics Voyager Legend bluetooth headset with my iPhone.  I like the secure fit of the over the ear design, and the boom microphone provides excellent audio.  At $99 it's not a bargain, but it works and works well.

Jawbone ERA
I own three VLs.  The problem is that I keep misplacing them. With my latest shortage I decided to scan the web to see what's new in the world of headsets.  The more I searched the more I read about the latest headset from Jawbone, its ERA bluetooth headset.

I went to Amazon, made my Prime purchase, and had a new ERA two days later.  I must say, I am
impressed.  I give it thumbs up for the sleek, tiny design and excellent sound quality.  So far the in-the-ear fit has worked well. With previous Jambone models the in-the-ear idea would tend to fail, and I suffered from the headset falling out of my ear at the worst possible times. Admittedly I have not been doing gymnastics with the ERA on, but it has stayed stable while driving, walking, and working at my desk.  Early on-line reviews were critical of the firmware for the device.  Jawbone seems to have remedied those problems with updates.  Admittedly I am not a sound engineer, I am just a guy talking on the phone.  For doing that the ERA is working great. I don't have any criticisms.

If you register your headset with Jawbone you will enjoy the benefit of being able to download optional voice instructions, a frequently called number list, and more.  You will then also be able to utilize the nifty iPhone app, and install hardware upgrades.

The ERA retails for $99.99.  There is an optional charging case (that provides safe storage and extra battery life) that raises the price to $120.  I opted for the charging case, and am glad I did.
ERA with charging case

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Marketing Automation

As a group we lawyers are growing into the idea of social marketing. LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, blogging are all options that we are dabbling in. Some of us check in everyday.  Others go months at a time with no interactions.  What should we be doing?

The first step is planning.  The second step is implementation. The combined exercise is called marketing automation.  You can do it yourself, or you can let others do it for you.

There are technologies and companies that will do the work for you. Custom software solutions exist, as well as entire companies created to step into your marketing shoes for you. There are writers that will create content, and technologies that will disseminate your marketing across the many platforms that exist.

Wendy Coombes is a marketing consultant with an expertise in technology.  According to Wendy, if you are to successfully employ technology based marketing  in this day and age you must cast a wide net, and you must plan, plan, plan.  When done properly marketing technology enables business to execute campaigns, automate processes, and measure their impact. Over at Duct Tape Marketing Wendy posts a great article on her methods for marketing automation. Click here to read Wendy's original article.

As for letting someone else do the work for you, there are all kinds of pay-to-play providers ready and willing to go to work for you.

The 20 Most Popular Marketing Automation Software Solutions
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Admittedly some of these solutions may be a bit too grandiose, and too expensive, for the average family law law firm.  There are more modest alternatives.

If you want to do something as simple as creating a blog, you can pay others to do that for you.  Lex Blog will be happy to do ALL of the work for you.  Alternatively there are hundred (nay thousands) of independent writers out there will to provide their services for hire.  Check out BlogMutt, Blur Group, or oDesk.

Then again, you can do it yourself (I do!).  As Wendy advises, make sure you have a plan.

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