How New York Divorce Software Helps With Difficult Clients

How crazy do you have to be to get in the middle of a fight between divorcing spouses? As crazy as a family law attorney apparently! Divorce lawyers have to deal with difficult situations, often acting as the voice of reason to get their clients to accept fair settlements. Unfortunately some clients won’t listen to that voice.

Getting Rational Decisions from Irrational Clients

New Yorkis a no fault state. That means that, in theory, a divorce is an unemotional, unbiased financial transaction. You fill out the NY net worth statement; crunch some numbers, present equitable property settlement and support figures and move on to the next case. Right?

Yeah, uh, no.

Real divorce is emotional. Family law attorneys use the financial statements to reduce the negotiations to cold numbers and that helps some clients make objective choices. Unfortunately other clients refuse to let go of the negativity. They try to drag their attorneys into their rage, make unreasonable decisions that jeopardize the case, lie about assets to keep a bigger portion of the pie, and overall make life harder for everyone. What is a hard-working lawyer to do with these hot-headed clients?

Minimize Contact

Family law attorneys have to carefully balance showing clients a little emotional support vs. becoming the client’s new best pal. This is harder with irrational clients. The best option can be to make contact more impersonal: email over phone calls, phone calls over face-to-face visits. People complain that technology makes society impersonal, but sometimes that’s what the situation warrants.

NY AutoFill is a secure web portal attorneys can use to gather information for import into EzSupport-NY, Easy Soft’s NY family law software. The client provides all the information from home without needing to meet with the attorney. The attorney imports the information and most of the work is done. EzSupport-NY generates a host of forms and correspondence, all of which can be emailed to the client from right within the program. This helps the attorney maintain a professional distance from a clingy client.

Document Everything

Some clients are so mad at the world that they end up taking it out on their attorneys. Even if you get your client a great settlement, some people aren’t satisfied with anything less than 100%. Suddenly you have a client complaining that you didn’t do your job, and maybe even filing a complaint with your state bar association.

EzSupport-NY allows you to add documentation to the case so you have more than just a Statement of Net Worth to show for it. Add case notes, link to electronic documents and back up your New York State spousal support and child support offers with worksheets and analysis statements. You can prove to anyone that you provided due diligence to the case and did everything you could to get your client a fair deal.

Even crazy clients deserve legal representation but don’t make your job harder than it needs to be. Use legal practice management software to protect yourself and your practice, as well as finding the best deals for your clients.

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Stop Wasting Time in Your Real Estate Practice

Drowning In a Sea Of Documents

Real estate transactions involve a seemingly unending stream of paperwork. You file the HUD-1 form. You send out the 1099-S statement. You print up buying and leasing contracts. You mail correspondence to buyers, sellers, lenders, inspectors, surveyors and a crowd of other people. To stay on schedule you check off items on a to-do list. Even though much of today’s “paperwork” is electronic, it is still a big part of real estate sales.

You can’t get away from the documentation when handling real estate matters but you can speed things up. Real estate agents and attorneys use HUD settlement statement software to automate their practices and can, in theory, cut closing time by as much at 70% — but only if they take full advantage of all the software’s features. The software can’t save you time if you are still doing things the old fashioned way.

Fast Software Can’t Overcome Slow Processes

An office that uses procedures rooted in the past may be bottlenecking the software without realizing it. For example let’s look at the problem of maintaining contacts. Every real estate practice has a host of names, addresses and phone numbers. These contacts include parties that may appear on the HUD 1 settlement sheet such as clients and lenders, as well as employees, vendors and other parties.

Keeping a paper contact list simply isn’t going to work in the modern world. Real estate professionals typically need to be mobile and can’t depend on being able to get to the rolodex at work to look up a client’s phone number. It’s a waste of resources if each person in a large office has to keep a separate contact file, and entering the contact manually into the real estate title software increases the chance of typographical errors.

You Have A Computer; Use It!

Wouldn’t it make more sense to keep your contact database on the same computer than runs your HUD program? Wouldn’t it make even more sense to keep it in the same application?

A built-in contact database simplifies this process by creating a central resource for the entire practice. You don’t need duplicate lists of contacts throughout the office. All forms, correspondence and agreements generated pull from this database so contact information is consistent and correct. Cloud software gives authorized users access to this database from anywhere with an internet connection. Agents don’t have miss a lead because a phone number was left back at the office.

It’s not all about contacts and paperwork. Real estate transactions often involve escrow finds so you need real estate software that integrates with a trust management application. When you use tools that are designed to work in concert then you are less likely to make innocent mistakes that could open your practice to ethics violations.

Our software is only one step in the process you use to handle real estate closings. Check out our library of training videos to find out about more features of our real estate and law practice management software so you know you are getting everything you need from Easy Soft products.

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Housing Market Set To Surge — Are You Ready?

A recent article at points out why now is a great time to buy a house: interest rates are about to jump, inventories are high, prices are rising, rents are skyrocketing and the job market is producing hundreds of thousands of new jobs very month. Ten markets in particular are set for a rush of home sales. When it’s a great time for buyers, it’s a great time for real estate professionals as well. You need HUD software like Easy HUD to take advantage of the pending boom in sales.

Act Now Or Regret Later

Real estate professionals can’t afford to sit around waiting for opportunity. They need to actively seek new clients and sales in order to keep the cash flowing. Although the market is much better than it was a few years ago, homebuyers are leery and may be taking longer to decide on a home purchase. That means you need to act now in order to generate income down the road.

Are you ready to handle the rush of business? If you end up spending hours poring over HUD forms then you are missing opportunities to acquire new clients. You got into this business to help people find their dream homes, not to fill out stacks of government paper. You need to not only know your market and have enough contacts — lenders, inspectors and so on — to facilitate the sale, but you also need the tools to help you close a sale quickly.

Get The Edge With Real Estate Settlement Software

While other real estate professionals are struggling to fill out forms by hand or working with unsuitable or outdated tools, you can get an advantage by arming yourself with the latest in real estate software, Easy HUD.

Easy HUD has been designed exclusively to meet the needs of today’s real estate market, with features such as RESPA-complaint HUD preparation, simple GFE-HUD comparison and built-in productivity tools. Additional modules allow you to produce an array of documents populated with information from the HUD form, generate ledgers, file 1099-S forms and print specialized transaction sheets.

If you aren’t using Easy HUD already, download a demo to see how easy the HUD settlement statement can be. Faster closing means more business and happier clients, as well as a healthy cash flow for your business.

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The Case Information Statement, NJ Divorce and the Special Needs Child

In October 2008 the University at Buffalo released a report suggesting that marriages with children with ADHD were nearly twice as likely to end in divorce by the child’s eighth birthday as those without children with ADHD.New Jersey divorce law allows special considerations for child support, including the disability of a child, and attorneys need to be prepared to gauge the needs of the child beyond the numbers reported on the Case Information Statement.

Typical Child Support Doesn’t Serve the Non-Typical Child

New Jerseylaw publishes standard child support tables that are useful in many or even most divorces. These tables take into account the income of the parents and the standard expenses most children incur. Unfortunately children with disabilities, especially disabilities that involve significant medical expenses, are not served well by these tables.

These child support amounts are not carved in stone. They are meant as a guide or starting point in child support calculations. The law specifically allows a couple to agree to a different amount if both parties are willing, and to continue the support even after the child turns 18. Unfortunately sometimes the paying parent doesn’t have the child’s best interest at heart. The attorney for the custodial parent will need to back unusual support requests with hard facts.

How to Calculate Fair Child Support

The attorney must be prepared to defend a higher support amount by documenting the child’s expenses to the court. Predictable, recurring expenses for therapies, medications, schooling and special diets are comparatively easy to calculate and include in NJ family law software. Unfortunately other expenses such as durable medical equipment may be more difficult to predict.

The other issue is the concept of emancipation. Many children with disabilities are unable to be independent at the age of majority and child support may continue throughout the child’s life. Custodial parents may need to prove to a judge the child is incapable of working and living independently to continue child support beyond the typical age of emancipation.

The Importance of A Special Needs Trust

Children with disabilities frequently get public assistance from programs such as Medicaid and SSI. A typical divorce attorney isn’t thinking about Social Security when planning child support with Case Information Statement software, but child support is considered the child’s income and can reduce or eliminate benefits vital to the child’s well being.

To avoid jeopardizing these benefits, the child support agreement should include the creation of a special needs trust. The child support is paid to the trust rather than the child, thus will not be counted as part of the child’s assets. Special needs trusts are too complex to go into here. A divorce attorney should consult an attorney who understands special needs trusts to ensure the settlement is written correctly.

Legal practice management software is an essential tool to the modern law practice, but software doesn’t take the place of legal education and experience. Blindly accepting a number spit out by a computer without considering the implications is unfair to the child involved. Easy Soft software is smart, but be sure to use your own brain as well.

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Invest In Your Law Firm By Buying The Right Software

Small and solo law firms often need to be careful with how they spend money. Unfortunately this sometimes leads to the false economy of never spending money at all, even if more money would be saved in the long run. A perfect example of this is the attorney who says he can’t afford divorce legal software like Divorce Financials. A small investment in a time saving tool will pay for itself many times over.

Faster Divorce Handling = More Clients

Handling divorces can be a lot of work. Gathering information on client financials, calculating property settlements, and reaching fair support agreements take hours out of an attorney’s day. Then documenting the final agreement takes more time. Of course this all gets worse if the divorce ends up in court.

Divorce Financials divorce software for attorneys takes the drudgery out of divorce. Fast data entry simplifies the process of building the case file. Automatic computations make it easy to come to an equitable property settlement. The pension calculator allows lawyers to put a value on retirement funds. The lifestyle analysis tool helps the process of determining spousal or child support that is fair to both parties. All of this information is automatically pulled from the case file to complete any documents printed, so final agreements will be accurate and complete.

Now that divorces take less time, a single lawyer can take on more clients each month and increase the firm’s revenue.

Advanced Tax Optimization

One of the mistakes new and even experienced family law attorneys make is to not consider the tax implications of a divorce settlement. This can lead to a non-optimal situation for both parties. The problem comes from the fact that alimony is taxable while child support is not. Attorneys can use these facts to the advantage of the client by trading one for another. A wealthy client might prefer paying more alimony and less child support for the tax break, while a poorer client could have the opposite desire.

However tax optimization can actually benefit both clients. The ideal mix of alimony and child support has the same money changing hands but more money going to each party’s pocket due to the tax calculations. Divorce Financials includes a tax optimization module that allows attorneys to compare up to five settlements to find which is the best for the client.

Divorce Financials family law software is an investment, not a cost. Increased revenue from more clients, fewer complaints stemming from inaccurate calculations and clients happier with their tax optimized settlements all make for better business.

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When Is The Right Time To Start Your Own Real Estate Firm

You’ve been working for a large real estate firm for several years now. You’ve gotten experience, learned a lot from some veterans, and now you are ready to strike out on your own. Or are you? With the right contacts, the right skills and a good real estate closing program like Easy HUD, you are ready.

Don’t Make Excuses

It can be frightening to take the leap to solo practice. It’s easy to make excuses. Your kids are too small and need you at home. The economy is bad and the housing market might be headed for another slump. They need you at your current firm and it would be selfish to leave. It’s raining, and who wants to move to a new office in the rain?

If you wait for the perfect time to go on your own, then you will still be waiting when it is time to retire. There is never a perfect time to do anything: start a business, get married, go to college, have kids, or anything else. Rather than waiting for the perfect time, you just need to look for a decent time. At some point you have to take the plunge. Evaluate your skills and resources and if you have the tools you need then the right time is now.

Get A Good Start

Of course that doesn’t mean you should just rush out without thinking about it. You’ll need to understand the real estate market, but that’s what those years at the big agency have provided. You need a network of fellow professionals such as lenders and inspectors, as well as knowledge of the basics of marketing so you can find clients.

One big advantage for real estate professionals today is access to technology such as HUD-1 software. The technology takes much of the work off you, like having an inexpensive assistant to help you with paperwork and organization. Arm yourself with the right tools to give yourself a head start and a competitive advantage over stubborn competitors who cling to their outdated methods of doing business.

Easy HUD real estate title software speeds up your closing so you can spend more time looking for new clients. It streamlines and organizes your practice allowing you to do more with less. Not convinced? Try an evaluation version of Easy HUD on a few of your current sales and you’ll be pleased with how much easier real estate closing can be.

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