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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!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Siri Like App For Android

Have an Android phone in your hand, but envying all those iPhone4 owners who are gleefully playing with their Siri feature. Not to worry, the developers are to the rescue.

Speaktoit Assistant is an Android app that is drawing rave reviews. It is free, works well, and goes a long way to reduce Siri lust. Please click here to check it out.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fighting The Winter Blues

So far we have had a very dry winter here in Northern California. The first rain of the season didn't roll in until last week. The skies have been blue, and the weather hasn't interfered with lifestyle activities. As all things must change, so too has the weather around here. We need the rain, so I am not complaining. However, the week of grey skies that we are having has had a physical effect on me.

From attorney@work.com comes a timely piece on the winter blues; and making sure it is just the weather, and not something more.
Blues vs. Depression: Be Alert for the Signs

Studies find that lawyers suffer depression significantly more often than the general population—about 3.6 times more often. Depression is a serious illness that can have a tremendous impact on your professional and personal life. And unlike the winter blues, depression stays with you, no matter the temperature and amount of sunlight outside. Please look over the following signs of depression. Are you experiencing any of these?

  • Inability to concentrate
  • Finding previously easy tasks difficult
  • Sleep changes, which can mean too little or too much sleep
  • Feeling hopeless and helpless
  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Inability to control negative thoughts despite great effort
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Irritability or restlessness
  • Unexplained aches or pains
  • Loss of energy
  • Thoughts that life is not worth living.

This is important stuff to keep in mind as we deal with all of the other challenges of practicing family laws. Please click here for the entire article.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Great Slide Show On Legal Technology

Legal technologist Craig Bayer is giving a presentation later this month to Louisana lawyers, and it will cover "technology for today's law firm." If you cannot make it to the Bayou State, no problem. Craig has posted his slide show for the program on his Law Office Technology Blog. Please click here to check it out.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

App Review - California Statutes

I use my iPad a lot in court. Over time I have come to appreciate California statute apps as extremely useful. I have sampled the offerings from most of the vendors. Tekk Innovations sells my preferred law app. For $29.99 they sell an app that includes all California codes (including the family code), and the rules of court. The graphics are pleasing on the eye, and the user interface is easy to use. They also sell individual codes for $5.99 per set. Visit the iTunes App Store for more info.

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Marketing Guide From AttorneyAtWork.com

Which lawyer does not want free information on how to better manage and market his or her practice? If you haven't visited the attorneyatwork blog, you should. It is loaded with great practice management and marketing information for lawyers.

Right not @work is showcasing its best articles from 2011—in the form of two great downloads and two collections of posts by some of its most popular authors. I have checked it all out. It is brilliant, and it's free! What more could you ask for...

Please click here to get the materials.

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Monday, January 2, 2012

AAML Family Law Symposium

The Northern California chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers will be hosting its 36th annual symposium May 18, 19, and 20, 2012. Taking place at the fantastic Silverado resort in Napa, California Modus Operandi - Emerging trends in Family law theory, practice, and procedure will offer up to 13.5 hours of continuing legal education credit. The symposium is open to all lawyers. Membership in the AAML is not required.

Your's truly (John Harding) is the chair of the event, and I invite you to join us in Napa!

Emerging Trends in Family Law Theory, Practice, and Procedure

To view and download the Symposium Brochure, click here.

To register online, click here.

To be a sponsor/advertiser at the Symposium, click here.

A limited number of scholarships are available for the Symposium. For the Scholarship Application, click here.

We are delighted to be holding the 2012 Symposium at the beautiful Silverado Resort and Spa in the Napa Valley wine country! Conference facilities include a comfortable, spacious meeting room with complimentary WiFi, terraces with lovely views for meals and receptions.

Amenities for guests include two 18-hole chambionship golf courses (with reduced fees for conference attendees), 17 tennis courts, 10 swimming pools, world-class fitness center, and a Roman-inspired spa which is the largest private resort spa in the region.

To reserve your room at Silverado Resort at the special AAML group rate ($179 for resort room; $235 for one-bedroom suite), call 800-532-0500 or click here. Type AAML into the Group Code field. Enter the dates of your arrival and departure and click "Continue." Select your room type. Rates are available 3 days prior to and 3 days after the conference dates. Most rooms are king beds; if you prefer double beds please make a note when reserving online or call the reservations department with your request.

Please note: a $20/night resort fee will be added to your room charge. Resort fee includes: bell gratuities, on-property transportation gratuities, complimentary self and valet parking, unlimited personal WiFi access, unlimited local calls, unlimited 800 calls, USA Today delivered to each room, in-room coffee and tea, complimentary tennis on any of 17 courts, complimentary golf bag storage, access to the fitness and workout facility, admittance to any of the fitness classes.

Saturday Night Event


Join us for a champagne reception, dinner and dancing in "The Grove" at Silverado! Tickets will be only $100 per person -- be sure to check the box on your registration form.

Profits from the symposium are donated to legal charitable organizations.

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