December 2011

Announcing InfoGuard: Easy Soft’s Password Management Software

Technology is supposed to make things simple. But one look at the back office necessities of any lawyer or law firm, and you’d be hard pressed to think so.

You’ve got your law firm email and web hosting account; your bank account and credit card(s); your shared document files; your utility and other service provider accounts; subscriptions to trade journals and professional associations; social media accounts; and perhaps a portal or two you share with a corporate client. Real simple, right?

Wouldn’t it be great to manage all those login details—usernames and passwords—in one fell swoop?

Now you can. With InfoGuard, Easy Soft’s newest password management software, you can organize all of your login accounts—down to their categories.

Staying Organized

InfoGuard gives you the freedom to remember only one master password—and effortlessly access up to HOW MANY law firm accounts.

You can then store all of those accounts within an organized, sortable grid. You can easily view them, search through them, and make adjustments as need be.

Staying Safe

And now for InfoGuard’s key feature. With our new product, you create a hacker-safe database. The password management program keeps track of all passwords for you—encrypting what’s sensitive so that unauthorized parties—particularly hackers—simply can’t break in.

Controlling Access

You can also control user access via InfoGuard. Assign your records to one or more groups, then set permission levels of each of these groups. In this way, you can easily track which employees and other users have access to which accounts.

For most companies, maintaining account login data, managing account security and providing employees with selected access is a daily challenge.

To download your free trial of this enterprise password management software, click here. To learn more about InfoGuard and other cutting edge law firm programs, give us a call at 800-905-7638.

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Oh No! More Changes in Store for RESPA and HUD-1

The federal government is at it again. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development made a so-called “simplification” to the HUD-1 RESPA form, which involved expanding what was a relatively unfussy two-page form into three lengthier, altogether less simplified–and more stringent–pages.

Just when we’ve all gotten a chance to acclimate, there’s another change in store. This one’s a doozy: rumor has it that three pages will now become five or six. We suspect that the plan is to merge Truth in Lending disclosures along with RESPA into one even more expansive form.

While both sets of forms ultimately serve as disclosures to the borrower, the information contained in each varies widely. RESPA disclosures are typically made by lenders to provide borrowers with information about their settlement charges and the lender’s mortgage servicing intentions. These take a good deal of prediction, precision (with defined accuracy rates), and conservatism.

Truth in Lending disclosures are another beast entirely. They provide an opportunity for lenders to reveal the cost of a loan–beginning to end. These figures include interest rates, additional charges (such as late fees), and total payback amounts.

These are two entirely different sets of disclosures–provided at different times, by different departments, and for different reasons. Consolidating them might simplify the paper, but it will most certainly not simplify the paperwork.

At this point, we don’t know the precise details about these disclosures. But we do know that you’ll need for your HUD-1 software to stay on its toes.

Here at Easy Soft, we like to do just that. We’ll keep abreast of the changes, and as soon as anything definitive is revealed, our programmers will be hard at work to keep your real estate settlement software primed and rigorously up to date.

Until then, give us a call # (732)–398-1001 to learn about our HUD-1 software, and more.

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Legal Time and Billing Solutions You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!

Where did the time go? Is it really 2012?!

It was just four years ago–2008–that Easy Soft launched Easy TimeBill, a platform which has since revolutionized legal time and billing procedures for thousands of small and mid-sized law firms.

Since then, our legal billing software has rapidly grown and evolved. Today, Easy TimeBill is a distinguished product of choice. Its ease, elegance, and simplicity dovetail nicely with a deep, intuitive understanding of what you need, down to the integration of everything from automated billing to payment reminders to everyone’s favorite: legal trust accounting. On its fourth anniversary, our proud young software is widely employed–and celebrated!–across the nation.

And it’s not just a matter of tooting our horn (although we are very proud!). To our fans and users and prospects, let it be said. You ain’t seen nothing yet.

Still to come: a full suite of practice management tools, including an integrated calendar, to-do lists, and even appointment makers.

You see, our philosophy is very simple. We’re intent on giving you features that make sound sense. Email functionality? That’s just silly. Most of you are on Outlook, and the ones who aren’t are likely on Google Apps. So we won’t bother with that.

But wouldn’t it be nice to tick off your tasks, view your week at a glance, and allow your clients to fill your appointment book–all from a program that you hand out in for most of the workday? We thought so. So we’ll be rolling that out, among other things, in 2012.

Hold applause, please. Your patronage suits us fine. To learn more about our legal time and billing software and its integration into trust accounting and other delights of law firm administration, give us a call # (732)-398-1001.

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