Infographics are a hot topic right now, and lawyers can use them effectively to communicate detailed information visually. According to law.com, an infographic is a picture or graphic that combines text with images to create a document that more easily conveys complex information. When I think of ways lawyers can use infographics, I envision catchy posters you can turn into trial exhibits or flyers you can post on your web sites The applications are endless. The foregoing article compares infographics to the types of pictures you can sometimes see on Pinterest and offers one lawyer's Pinterest site as a good example of how to use infographics to promote your practice or showcase legal information. If you are interested in creating your own infographics, click here to read about some of the best free tools. There are also free templates available for those who want to use ppt and do not want to start from scratch.
Brand new this week, most of the forms on the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations website are now interactive as fillable pdf forms. They can now be completed online by simply typing in relevant information and printing out the completed product. However, due to restrictions enbedded in the documents themselves, you will not be able to save the documents you create for your records. Nevertheless, this will be a huge benefit and time-saver for parties who want to proceed pro se and fill out their own paperwork for a divorce, a dissolution, child support, etc.
The Ohio State Bar Association is in the process of creating an online forms library using a program called HotDocs. This new service, which will be available for a fee to OSBA members, will automate the process of creating common forms for use in the following practice areas: appellate practice; business law; civil litigation; estate planning; trust and probate; family law; jury instructions; advance directives; real estate; and workers compensation. The fee will start at around $200 for solo attorneys. Since an OSBA committee is currently in the process of determining which forms to automate, and a vendor has already been selected to create them, it should not take too long.
Consumer may love LegalZoom, but it is facing a class action alleging that its process of creating wills, POA's, pleadings in domestic relations cases, and other documents constitutes the unauthorized practice of law. Click here to read an article about the case and link to the pleadings. According to the article, LegalZoom is run by a lawyer who was interviewed for an upcoming article in the ABA Journal.
The Ohio Supreme Court has translated 27 common forms used in general, domestic relations, juvenile and probate court cases into Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, and Somali. A few of the key forms include those related to domestic violence and stalking. Click here to find the translated forms.
The Ohio Supreme Court is considering adopting uniform domestic relations forms for use in all Ohio courts In a concerted effort to make domestic relations practice in Ohio more seamless, improve access to the justice system, and help out DR courts. The Court is accepting comments on the proposed forms until February 16th, 2010. The proposed forms are limited at this time and include: long and short forms for an Affidavit of Income, Expenses and Financial Disclosure; an Affidavit of Property; a Parenting Proceeding Affidavit; a Health Insurance Affidavit; and a combined Motion and Affidavit for Temporary Parenting Orders, Support, Parenting Time Spousal Support without Oral Hearing. Click here to read the Court's Press Release.