Divorce Planning Software Improves the Value You Provide To Your Clients

As a family law attorney, you are a product. You may not like to think of yourself as in the same category as a screwdriver or a pair of pants, but from a consumer point of view that’s what you are. Prospective clients need to believe your services have value,…

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Time and Billing Software Conundrum: To Email or Not To Email

Technology has helped streamline the modern law practice, but software tools can hurt your firm if used incorrectly. Legal billing and accounting software like Easy TimeBill gives you the option of emailing invoices to your clients, but should you? Emailed invoices have a number of advantages for your practice: Low…

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Tracking Trust Credits and Debits with Legal Accounting Software

Trust account funds must be managed and maintained separately but it is neither practical nor cost effective to open separate accounts. One reason for this is the need to receive or remit monies on multiple matters in one check. Easy TimeBill attorney time and billing software with the optional Easy…

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Law Practice Success Means Looking To the Future

The May/June 2013 edition of Law Practice magazine had an article entitled “Future-Proofing Your Law Firm” that gave some good advice for the modern law practice. We are going to take the key points the writer made and show how they apply to Easy Soft’s legal billing and accounting software.…

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6 Reasons Your Real Estate Office Should Go Paperless

In 1975 the desktop computer was still two years off, nobody but university researchers knew what the internet was, and the concept of document imaging was something out of science fiction. This was the year that an article in Business Week Magazine coined an innovative term: the paperless office. It’s…

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Real Estate Software Education for the Busy Professional

You want to focus on your real estate business and not on paperwork. That’s why you bought HUD settlement statement software, to simplify your practice and allow you to close deals faster. We’ve made every effort to make Easy HUD as intuitive and easy to use as possible, but you…

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Working together for a happier divorce

Collaborative divorce may seem like an oxymoron. If a couple can’t work out their marital difficulties then how can they agree on a divorce settlement? In fact there are many cases, especially in no-fault divorce states like New York, where couples can work out an agreement without a bitter court…

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Price and Quality: When Is Cheap Too Cheap?

As a professional you’ve probably faced the problem of pricing. If you set your rates too high then you get no business as clients go to your less expensive competitors. If you set it too low then you are laboring for peanuts and cheating yourself out of a reasonable income.…

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Take the work out of worksheets

Divorce cases in New York generate a lot of paperwork for two reasons: regulations and negotiations. State law says attorneys must complete the New York Statement of Net Worth as well as supporting worksheets detailing spousal and child support. In addition, attorneys bargain from a stronger position if they have…

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Tips For Avoiding Court In New Jersey Divorce Cases

Family law attorneys rarely argue their cases before a judge. The New Jersey court system strongly encourages divorcing couples to seek out custody and economic mediation and the Early Settlement Panel before taking the case to a judge. Court time increases the cost of the divorce, drags out the process…

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Is Alimony Tarnishing Your Client’s Golden Years?

We’ve mentioned before that there is a rising movement in this country to reform alimony, particularly permanent alimony. Many of the traditional views towards divorce are being challenged and courts are looking at family law decisions in a new way. One area that is being looked at is so-called “gray…

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Will Massachusetts Laws Affect New Jersey Divorces?

The May 27, 2013 edition of Time Magazine has a very interesting article entitled, “The End of Alimony”. The article doesn’t talk about the end of all alimony but rather the end of permanent alimony. It points to a recent Massachusetts law that eliminates permanent alimony and instead pays alimony…

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How To Fight Resistance To Technology In The Workplace

You find some great new technology that is going to save time, save money, and generally make your legal practice more successful across the board. You enthusiastically roll out new legal billing and accounting software and are disappointed when you get nothing but complaints, defiance and a call to return…

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Starting A Solo Law Practice? You Don’t Have To Go It Alone

Experienced attorneys advise law school students who want to form solo practices right after graduation that it’s best to work for a large law firm first. This allows new attorneys to learn the ins and outs of the business of practicing law and the realities of handling clients, filing documents…

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Are You Really Still Doing HUD Forms By Hand?

The 2010 RESPA Final Rule was designed to simplify HUD form processing as well as to ensure timely disclosure of full settlement costs. Simple is a relative term and real estate professionals should not be trying to complete the “simpler” HUD 1 settlement sheet by hand. Today’s real estate regulations…

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When Bad Hard Drives Happen To Good People

Settle in, boys and girls, for a little story. It’s a scary story but don’t worry–it has a happy ending. It’s a moralistic little tale about something that happened to one of our colleagues, but doesn’t have to happen to your lawyer billing software. This gentleman has his vital computer…

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Defending Reduced Self-Employment Income

Divorces often turn ugly, and the two things the couple fights about the most are children and money. Child support involves both so can be the biggest stumbling block in a settlement. New Jersey family law attorneys on both sides put a lot of effort into Case Information Statement preparation…

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How To Find The Best Legal Billing Software

Automating your law office allows you to serve more clients and generate more revenue. You have many choices in billing software for lawyers and of course we think that Easy Time Bill is the ideal option. But don’t take our word for it. Evaluate the products and decide which one…

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Billing Software That Is Simple But Not Simple-Minded

Computers are supposed to make our lives easier. Unfortunately they often don’t. Many software packages are confusing and hard to use. They have such steep learning curves that it’s faster to scribble a few notes on paper than spend an hour figuring out how to do it with a computer.…

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Who Is Responsible For The Net Worth Statement?

Divorce courts use the financial information of each spouse to determine fair spousal and child support levels. The New York Statement of Net Worth is the document used in divorces in that state and it is, frankly, a nightmare. Accuracy and completeness are important, but who makes sure the form…

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Add Another Pair Of Eyes To Protect Your Practice From Ethics Violations

It is the appearance of misconduct rather actual misconduct that can sink a legal practice. Attorneys have to be very careful how they conduct business since an innocent blunder can trigger at best a bad public image and at worst criminal charges or disbarment. Dedicated legal billing and accounting software…

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Recover From Disaster With Hurricane-Proof Software

The New York area has seen numerous extreme weather events lately, events that have jeopardized, among other things, business databases. What would your practice do if you lost all of your client information? Arguably it’s possible to gather the data again but that’s a long process that is going to…

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Can Accounting Software Be Both Simple And Complex?

Have you ever used software so complicated that you had to hire a consultant to teach you how to use it? And how did that work out for you? When it comes to desired features in legal billing and accounting software, “horribly complicated” isn’t at the top of the list.…

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Negotiate Divorces From Strength With Portable Software

As a family law attorney you specialize in the law and not in computer technology. You may have heard about this “cloud” thing but dismissed it as something you don’t need. You may think it’s not necessary to have the latest technology in law practice management software just to represent…

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Printing Settlement Forms From The Cloud

Cloud is the hot buzzword for computer software lately. Cloud-based software gives users more flexibility by not tying them to specific computers, operating systems or locations. The cloud version of Easy HUD, Easy Soft’s HUD settlement statement software, allows real estate agents and attorneys to access a client’s information and…

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How Can I Get Attorneys To Keep Accurate Expense Reports?

The legal profession is a mobile one. Attorneys often meet with clients over lunch, at client homes, in conference rooms and, of course, in court. Lawyers accrue billable hours as well as running up expenses such as meals and mileage. Tracking these expenses for accurate billing can be a headache.…

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Can You Trust Your Trusts To The Cloud?

The transition to cloud software makes some attorneys nervous. Client confidentiality is core to the legal practice, especially for tasks such as trust fund accounting. Is it really safe to use cloud-based legal billing and accounting software? Absolutely. In fact, it’s probably safer than using desktop tools. Think about it…

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Avoid The Taxman–Don’t File 1099-S If You Don’t Have To

Nobody likes the enormous stack of paperwork that goes along with a real estate transaction. Wouldn’t it be great if you could avoid filling out a document and save money on top if it? Well in some cases you can. Part of the HUD 1 closing process is IRS form…

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Self-Employment Complicates Spousal Maintenance Calculation

As of 2010, calculating temporary maintenance New York divorces is a simple matter of plugging each spouse’s income into two formulas and taking the lower result. The formulas are designed to take bias out of the New York spousal maintenance formula but they also prevent judges from overruling the formulas…

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How Can I Reduce Child Support Payments?

Under New Jersey law, it is possible to modify a child support agreement if one party has suffered a “change in circumstances.” The filer submits a modified Case Information Statement and the court will decide if the support amount should be changed. Note that this works both ways. If a…

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The Double Dip: Great For Ice Cream, Bad For Potato Chips And Alimony

New Jersey alimony laws are written to be fair to both parties. Support formulas count assets and income in a comprehensive and unbiased manner and avoid counting any asset multiple times. When the recipient is reimbursed twice for something as part of an alimony agreement, this is called “double dipping”.…

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Alimony Buyout: When You Need The Money Now

Alimony, or “maintenance” as it’s called in New York State, is traditionally in the form of monthly payments. However many couples choose to negotiate a lump-sum buyout instead. The payor gives the payee a single large disbursement instead of monthly payments over the next several years. Although the total amount…

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How To Find The Right Trust Accounting System For Your Practice

Managing trust funds for multiple matters in a single bank account is a common practice in the legal industry but attorneys must be very careful not to let the funds intermingle. Each matter has to be scrupulously maintained as a separate entity and never “borrow” money from other matters in…

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Alimony Isn’t Forever–It Just Feels That Way

When two spouses have significantly different salaries and financial resources it is common for the more-monied spouse to make monthly payments to the less-monied spouse. In a New York state uncontested divorce these payments are called “spousal maintenance” rather than “alimony” but to the divorcing couple it amounts to the…

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Divorce Asset Analysis: Buried Treasures

You never realize how much junk you’ve acquired until you have to move. You find a dozen matchbooks with one match left each, an 8th-grade history paper you got an A+ on, that weed whacker you never returned to the neighbor who moved away two years ago, and the $2.37…

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How to Keep Your Practice’s Balances In Balance

Maintaining a law firm’s accounts is more complicated than balancing a checkbook. A typical practice needs to monitor not just a single account but four critical balances: unbilled, unpaid, operating retainer and trust retainer. The unbilled balance is the amount entered into the business’s records but not yet sent to…

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Don’t Let Paperwork Jeopardize Your Short Sale

The real estate market seems to be improving nationwide but short sales are still a common transaction seen by agents. Job loss, illness and divorce may prevent a homeowner from being able to keep up mortgage payments and a short sale is a preferable alternative to a foreclosure. Short sales…

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