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We all have to start somewhere. Technology is making it easier than ever for attorneys, even new ones, to strike out on their own and form solo practices. You may find that the actual practice of law differs from what you learned in school, but Easy Soft can help by providing the NJ family law software you need to navigate the system effectively.
Going It Alone
It’s helpful to have a mentor when starting out, which is why so many new attorneys join big firms instead of founding solo practices. This way they receive valuable advice in Case Information Statement preparation from experienced attorneys who have been handling divorces for years. After working in a firm for a few years, then the attorney might go out and practice independently.
However this isn’t necessarily the best path for everyone. Some attorneys work better in a solo office. Others might not want to deal with the politics of a large firm. For that matter, it’s always possible none of the firms are hiring. For one reason or another, an attorney fresh out of law school might open a practice. You may be solo, but that doesn’t mean you are alone. We have the tools you need.
Help From CIS
Easy Soft Case Information Statement software helps new attorneys navigate the form that is central to divorces in New Jersey. It makes it easier to gather and enter information on the case. It takes care of the addition and subtraction. It offers an organized method of tracking all the couple’s assets and liabilities. The calendar, task list, case notes and discovery log help keep the case organized.
The software provides advanced tools as attorneys become more experienced. Lawyers find it easy to examine split parenting cases, or varying child support scenarios, or debt service calculations. Its functionality increases as the attorney’s experience grows.
In addition to CIS, Easy Soft offers a host of other attorney practice management software designed to organize and streamline any law practice. Both new and experienced attorneys will find our products save time and money, multiply productivity, and let lawyers be lawyers instead of office managers. Explore our site to find out more about our products designed exclusively for the legal industry’s need.
Family law in New Jersey or any state is not practiced from your office. You meet with other attorneys to negotiate in third party locations and occasionally in court. Information is power during negotiations, and often the attorney who doesn’t have the complete case file is the one who loses. Cloud-based NJ matrimonial software ensures you always have what you need at your fingertips.
A surprising number of lawyers still use briefcases. To be fair, there is something viscerally satisfying about a big stack of papers. However every one of these lawyers have experienced the stomach-sinking sensation that comes from realizing a key document was left back at the office, or even from forgetting a legal pad and pen to take notes.
It’s not enough to have just a copy of the CIS NJ divorces require. You need all of the supporting documentation. Laptop software gives attorneys the ability to keep digital copies of all documents within easy reach. Cloud-based software takes this portability one step further by allowing the attorney to access the information from any computer.
Having a computer means you always have the ability to take notes. Cloud-based software means those case notes are automatically included as part of the client’s file. You don’t have to worry about filing them later, or losing them somewhere between the courthouse and your office.
Computers allow you to refer to all the rulebooks. Although NJ family law software doesn’t include copies of the laws themselves, you can store PDFs of state laws, court rules and other documents for those times the opposing attorney goes all “rules lawyer” on you. Some attorneys try to cloud the issue by quoting non-existent rules, or misquoting existing ones — plus of course some lawyers simply make mistakes. You can pull up a copy of the law and read exactly what the real regulations are.
It can be difficult to transition to a new system, especially when you have been practicing for a long time. However “old school” attorneys are at a serious disadvantage against lawyers using attorney practice management software to manage their practices and case documentation. Today’s software is easy to learn and use, even for those who don’t like technology. Give your client the best possible representation by using the best possible tools.
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 for a period of time based on the length of the marriage. This law has triggered a nationwide discussion on alimony reform, including New Jerseybill A3909 that might affect Case Information Statement preparation.
The Time article presented both sides of the argument. In favor of alimony they pointed out that some spouses–and in our society this mostly means “wives”–give up their careers to stay home and care for the kids. After a divorce it’s not easy for these people to simply jump back in the workforce. Years of not working means they don’t have the skills, and despite laws prohibiting age discrimination it’s still a lot harder to start a career in your 40s or 50s than in your 20s.
The rebuttal is that alimony might be necessary but not permanent alimony. Give these people a few years to retrain but then expect the exes to get out and become independent. Even if they can’t get the same jobs they had before, they can still become self-sufficient. They also talk about how much of a burden permanent alimony is on the second wife, who ends up using her income to pay her new husband’s commitment to his first wife.
Our description a huge oversimplification of the issue but we have limited space. I suggest you go read the article yourself. It’s really quite fascinating.
So what is Easy Soft’s position? Pardon me while I chuckle politely and say, “No comment.” We are software developers and this is a discussion for lawyers, politicians and angry exes. We are not going to wade into the contentious issue.
However we are watching the issue with interest. If A3909 passes, will it change the Case Information Statement? We don’t know but we are prepared to modify our NJ family law software to meet the changes. This is true of all of our divorce planning software titles. We make sure to stay on top of the changes in each state so you know you are working with the latest rules and regulations regarding property division, alimony and child support.
This sort of attention to detail is a key element in our philosophy towards law practice management software. Laws change and software has to change with it. If you are not already an Easy Soft customer, try our products risk-free for 30 days to discover how committed we are serving the needs of the modern legal practice.
Post-divorce child custody is not what it used to be. Fifty years ago custody was simple: mom gets full custody and dad visits every other weekend. Easy, though not necessarily fair. Today’s custody arrangements are much more complex and New Jersey family law attorneys may have to spend many hours preparing multiple support scenarios to find an agreement acceptable to both parties.
The first step is completing the required state paperwork and Case Information Statement software is a big help for attorneys, allowing them to put together this long form in a fraction of the time it would take them by hand. In a simple custody case that is the end of it, but many custody cases are not simple.
Split-parenting custody arrangements can complicate the matter of determining the custodial parent. If the kids live the majority of the time with one parent then it’s pretty safe to assume that person is the custodial parent, but what if they divide their time equally between the two houses? The support payments may differ substantially depending on which parent is named the custodial parent.
It’s even possible for both parents to be custodial parents. If little Johnny lives with Dad and little Sally lives with Mom than each parent is custodial to one of the two children. So who gets the child support?
Easy Soft’s New Jersey divorce software allows attorneys to calculate fair and equitable child support even in the most complex support scenarios. They can back the support amounts with hard data, which will make it easier to convince a judge or the other parent that this arrangement is in the best interest of all parties.
On the other hand there is often not one right answer to child support. Attorneys can use our NJ family law software to come up with multiple scenarios. Which party should be named custodial parent? You can figure that out in less than a minute! Prepare a worksheet, copy it, switch the custodial and non-custodial parents with the click of a button, and *poof* you have two scenarios that can be compared at a glance. In fact you can evaluate up to five child support worksheets simultaneously to find the best arrangement.
Child support decisions don’t necessarily end with the New Jersey CIS. Attorneys need the tools to calculate and analyze multiple support options to find the best arrangement for their clients and, of course, for the children. Contact Easy Soft to find out more about how our attorney practice management software helps you helps your clients.
Alimony in divorces is, in theory, fair to both parties. However the amount calculated is based on a snapshot of both parties’ financial situation. Using a Case Information Statement, NJ courts look at the incomes and assets of the spouses to determine an alimony amount. What if circumstances change?
First of all, not just any change will lead to a modification of alimony. In the past New Jersey courts have reduce alimony in cases of decreased income, retirement, illness or the payee’s cohabitation with another partner. It has to be a life change that would affect either the payor’s ability to pay or the payee’s need for support. However listing a reduced income in a New Jersey CIS is only the start of the process.
Is the change permanent? Retirement is likely to be considered permanent as would some kind of long-term disability that affects the payor’s ability to work. Is unemployment? As a rule, no, you can find another job, but if the payor can demonstrate a permanent downturn in that person’s professional industry then it could be considered a permanent change. Even the term “permanent” is a relative phrase. After all marriage is considered permanent in the eyes of the law, but there are a lot of divorce attorneys out there who know permanent doesn’t always mean forever.
Is the change involuntary? Some payors will quit their jobs or under-employ themselves in hopes of reducing alimony only to find the judge rules against them. Judges know about these attempts to deliberately manipulate the system and will not rule in favor of an alimony change just because of a reduced salary on a Case Information Statement.
Has the payor made an attempt to remedy the situation? For example an out of work spouse must show evidence of an active job search. Sitting home and collecting unemployment while watching game shows on TV is not grounds to reduce alimony.
Alimony reduction is difficult. The burden of proof lies on the paying spouse and judges tend to need very strong evidence in addition to the New Jersey CIS form to grant the reduction.
New Jersey family law attorneys need every advantage to get an alimony reduction for a client, and that means using the latest generation of NJ family law software. Contact Easy Soft to find out more about how our products not only simplify your practice but give you the best chance to help your clients get what they deserve.