Family law covers all aspects of legal relations between individuals, whether those individuals are married, unmarried, divorced, separated, or otherwise related. These legal relations include marriage, civil union, domestic partnership, adoption, surrogacy, parenthood, guardianship, and other types of familial relationships. Family law also includes laws governing the dissolution of marriages and civil unions, the division of assets upon separation, the determination of parental rights and responsibilities, and the establishment of paternity. To become a family law attorney, you must be a licensed lawyer and earn experience and expertise in order to gain client trust and earn their business.
Specialization of family law requires broad and discrete knowledge of topic areas not necessarily germane to other areas of legal practice such as taxes, modern real estate, wills, trusts, and estates. It will be necessary for an attorney wishing to practice family law to become knowledgeable in those areas. Before starting a family law practice, a detailed business plan should be created, and a mission statement formalized. Office space must be found in a location that is ideal for growing the practice with a suitable potential client base. Malpractice insurance must also be obtained. Deciding on a solo practice or a partnership is another step. Partnering with another lawyer or law firm can be beneficial because costs can be split and casework divided along skill-based lines. This can also help a law practice serve a more diverse clientele. A trust account or IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers Trust Account), account should be opened so the family law firm can accept client funds for retainers and subsequent family law payments and legal fees. Practices are often managed using on premise software or software-as-a-service (SaaS) to help with all operational needs like tracking billable hours, and handling client files, scheduling and accounting.
Let Payment Integrator take care of your family law billing needs so you can concentrate on what matters—your clients. Family law practices can apply our industry-leading payment processing solutions to new or existing electronic billing systems and IOLTA accounts. Our hosted payment page (HPP) is perfect for generating live payment presentment links so that clients can make invoiced family law payments immediately. With our frictionless integration, client payments can be made automatically with all major card brands, E-Check and ACH technologies and post to client e-statements. Pursuant to state jurisdiction, Payment Integrator will accept all major credit cards, debit cards, and enable the use of e-wallets such as Apple Pay and Google Pay. All of our family law payment acceptance methods are secure, P2PE, tokenized, and PCI-compliant.
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