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!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Want To Be TV Stars?

I just got contacted by a friend down Hollywood way.

From the Producers who brought you transformational shows such as The Biggest Loser and Extreme Weight Loss, Eyeworks USA announced that casting has begun for their new series on NBC.  This new competition show will bring divorced couples together to compete in both physical and mental challenges for a chance to win a large, six-figure trust fund for their children.

The casting team seeks divorced couples who are willing to put their differences aside to team up for the one thing they can both agree on- their children's financial future.

Interested couples should email the below information to 
CastingDivorcedParents@gmail.com: attn: Shannon

Name & Contact info
How long you’ve been divorced 
Photos of you two together, your kids, your new families 
A paragraph or two about your relationship

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Macs In The Law Office Websites/Blogs/Articles

I am really jumping on the bandwagon for Macs! With the advancement of cloud computing, and since learning of Windows Virtualization, I am now convinced that the impediments to going all Mac are gone.

If you would like to start learning about Macs in the law firm environment, or you want to learn more, here are the links to a couple of outstanding sites.

Macs In Law comes to you courtesy of Brett Burney.  It is chock full of all things Mac, iPhone and iPad.  Beyond the learning materials I also enjoy Brett's deal page -- with deep discounts and free stuff.

Also essential reading is The Mac Lawyer by Ben Stevens.  Ben gets extra kudos for the fact that he is a family law lawyer.  Like MIL, The Mac Lawyer is filled full of all things Mac, iPhone and iPad.

Here are some good articles on Macs in the law office:

The Fine Art of Practicing Law on a Mac
So You Want An All Mac Office?
Can I Use A Mac At My Law Office

For a contrary view of switching over please also consider Mythbusters: Should Your Law Firms Switch From Windows To Mac?

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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!

Click here for more pictures and details.  Please visit hardinglaw.com for more information about Harding & Associates Family Law 

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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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