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Announcing The Modern Firm, LLC

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Dear Current and Prospective Clients,

I am excited to report that in early January, Chard.Net will be officially changing its name to The Modern Firm, LLC.

With the name change comes a more intense focus on serving the needs of solo and small law firm lawyers. In the last 3 years we have grown in every regard. We now have an energetic and dedicated full time staff of four (five if you count the dog) and have worked with more than 200 law firms in over 20 states. As we have grown, our focus has narrowed. Though we do and will continue to work with a variety of businesses to provide professional website hosting and maintenance, we now focus our website design and marketing abilities exclusively on solo and small law firms.

Reasoning
The niche focus on small law firm website design and marketing is in large part responsible for the desire to change our name and image. We are consistently working with lawyers that are excited about their practice, excited about their clients, and excited about doing things their way. These lawyers are making practical use of resources on the web and technology in their office to provide a high value of service while competing directly with much larger law firms. Our clients, you, are defining what it means to be a modern law firm.

The other element that influenced the name change are the incredible professionals I’ve met while traveling and speaking at CLE conferences. These professionals, each dedicated to helping lawyers succeed, have knowledge and services that can benefit almost every lawyer. Their knowledge extends across issues such as time management, marketing, coaching, technology, career transition, ethics, practice management. I felt it was important to provide a medium through which our clients could be connected to these people. Now, through our new law practice blog, you can find a growing collection of articles and resources from these professionals and learn more about them.

Services
All of the services currently offered by Chard.Net will continue unchanged. For attorney website design we will continue to offer multiple, easy to understand design packages. Our current hosting and website maintenance services will remain the same. We will be offering two new hosting services, including Hosted Microsoft Exchange and Modern Mega Mail, a secure delivery service for large and/or sensitive files.

Check It Out

MinnCLE Webcast: Blogging for Lawyers

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

In this Tech Tuesday program, legal technology expert Brendan Chard and attorney Sam Glover will be guest speakers. Mr. Glover is the author of the SoloSmallTech.com blog and Mr. Chard consults with attorneys on a variety of technology issues, including blogging. They will discuss how attorneys are using blogging both to better inform their clients and to market themselves, and will give specific suggestions on how blogging can be an integral part of client communications.

Presented by Brendan Chard, Chard.Net LLC, Minneapolis and Samuel J. Glover, Samuel J. Glover & Assoc., Minneapolis; moderated by Todd C. Scott, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual, Minneapolis, and Peter H. Berge, Minnesota CLE, St. Paul.

Brendan Chard Invited to Speak at Ohio State Bar Solo and Small Firm Convention

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Brendan Chard, president of Chard.Net, has been invited to speak at the first annual Ohio State Bar Solo and Small Firm Conference in Columbus, OH on December 14th. This marks the 3rd state in which Brendan has done continuing legal education presentations on law firm website design and marketing.

The two presentations are entitled:

  • Creating a Great Law Firm Website
  • Searching Engines and Online Marketing, Make Them Work For You

More details and a copy of presentation materials will be posted soon.

Check out the Ohio State Bar website at http://www.ohiobar.orgÂ

Chard.Net Fun Night Scores a Home Run

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

With the hot Minnesota summer and baseball season in full swing, Chard.Net hosted a “Fun Night” at a local Saint Paul Saints game. Chard.Net employees and their families enjoyed a BBQ tailgating extravaganza, while watching the fun and interactive Saints take on the Lincoln Saltdogs.

Brendan Chard to speak in WebCast for Minnesota CLE

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

Brendan Chard, president of Chard.Net, will be speaking as part of a panel of experts on the future of law office technology.  The WebCast will air live on February 20th at 12:00PM CST.

Brendan will be speaking specifically on new and emerging trends for online technology available to lawyers including online marketing and hosted software services.

For more information see:
http://www.minncle.org/AABuy0.asp?ITEMTYPE=S&ITEMNMBR=123860701

Brendan Chard to speak on topic of online marketing ethics in MinnCLE Webcast

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Brendan Chard, owner of Chard.Net, will be appearing as an expert guest on “Tech Tuesday” a live internet show being recorded at the new, state of the art, Minnesota CLE webcast studio.

On Tuesday, November 21st, Brendan and Todd Scott, Vice President of Risk Management Services for Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance, will be speaking in regards to online marketing ethics and how to stay out of trouble with your website and online conduct.

The course is good for 1 Ethics CLE. Learn more and sign up at www.minncle.org

Brendan Chard Speaks at Michigan ICLE Solo and Small Firm Conference

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

Brendan Chard, President and CEO of Chard.Net, spoke at the ICLE Solo and Small Firm Conference on Friday, October 19th in Dearborn, Michigan.  The topic, Websites and Online Marketing: Make Them Work For You, covers the reasons small law firms should have a website, shares ideas for content and functionality, debunks common website myths and explains how search engines work and rank websites. This is a favorite presentation for Brendan; he has delivered it to audiences in both Michigan and Minnesota.

If you attended the conference, copies of the course materials are available at http://www.icle.org.

Brendan Chard quoted in Minnesota Lawyer regarding Small Firm Websites

Monday, August 14th, 2006

A writer from Minnesota Lawyer reported on the presentation Brendan Chard delivered at the Minnesota CLE Strategic Solutions for Solo and Small Firms in Duluth, MN. The presentation, “Websites and Online Marketing - Make them work for you” was delivered to a packed room of solo and small practice lawyers to show them the ins and outs of law firm websites.

View the article here: Assessing Your Law Firm’s Online Marketing Strategy

Chard.Net to speak at MinnCLE Strategic Solutions for Solo and Small Firms

Monday, June 19th, 2006

Brendan Chard, of Chard.Net will be presenting and exhibiting at the Strategic Solutions for Solo and Small Firms in Duluth, MN August 8-9.

Topic: Websites and On-Line Marketing, Make Them Work For You.

Description: This program will show you how to make a website a key part of your marketing and business operations. You will learn how a website can generate leads, save time/money, enhance your image and improve client service. We will demystify how websites, search engines and online advertising work so that you can make informed decisions that save and earn you money.

Learn more about this and other MinnCLE events at www.minncle.org

Chard.Net Advertising Goes Nationwide

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

After 6 years in business, a move from Ann Arbor, MI to Minneapolis, MN in 2004, new office space and a 100% growth in sales in 2005, Chard.Net is undergoing more exciting change and expansion. After focusing our marketing primarily in Michigan and Minnesota we have started nationwide advertising on Google, Yahoo, MSN, Altavista and InfoSpace.

If you’ve never heard of Chard.Net and found us through a search engine, then welcome. Chard.Net has been serving small law firms and professional businesses since our inception. We believe in personal service, handshakes, and the complete satisfaction of our clients. Through our site you can see examples of our web design in the porfolio, and learn about our complete line of online services.

For our current clients, don’t worry, we won’t ever leave our roots in personal and attentive service. Much of our success is never forgetting those who have helped us grow through business and referrals.

As we enter this next chapter I want to say welcome to those who are just discovering us and thanks to those who already have.

Sincerely,
Brendan Chard

Michigan Lawyers Weekly publishes article featuring Chard.Net

Monday, March 27th, 2006

In the March 27th issue of Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly, a front page article entitled “How Important is a Website?” featured an interview with Chard.Net owner, Brendan Chard. The article highlighted the importance of law firm websites from not only a marketing standpoint, but as a business tool to create efficiencies in day to day tasks.

A full copy of the article will be available on the Chard.Net website soon.

Here are functions a website can perform to create efficiencies:

  1. Clearly explain what the firm does and does not do.
  2. Provide accurate directions, parking information, and accessibility information to the office.
  3. Perform client intake using downloadable or electronic forms
  4. Client preparation and education, such as explaining criminal or divorce procedures. Providing checklists of things to bring to an appointment.

Brendan Chard, President of Chard.Net to speak at Upper Michigan Legal Institute

Friday, March 10th, 2006

On June 9th and 10th, Brendan Chard will be presenting at the Upper Michigan Legal Institute and the Michigan Bar Leader’s Forum.

At the Institute he will be covering a collection of technology related money-saving tip for small law offices. The presentation will range from topics such as using a firm website, scanners, and mobile devices to consolidating and controlling phone and fax communication, creating a virtual office and more.

At the Bar Leaders Forum Brendan will be fielding questions on the topic of member communication using the mailing list system that Chard.Net provides to the State Bar of Michigan sections. Expect to hear about ways to boost member participation and improvements to technical support.

For more information on the events see the State Bar of Michigan website at this link (opens in new window).

Chard.Net Invited to present at Solo & Small Firm Event in Duluth, Minnesota

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Brendan Chard, president of Chard.Net, has been invited to speak at the 2nd annual Solo and Small Firm Event in Duluth, Minnesota, August 6-8.

Brendan will be presenting on how to get the most out of a law firm website. The presentation will cover marketing tips, do’s and don’ts, tips for creating business efficiencies, how to get started and more.

This will be the second time Brendan has presented at this event and if it is anything like the first year, this is the hot event for solo and small firms in Minnesota. Don’t miss it.

For more information see the Minnesota CLE webpage: http://www.minncle.org

Brendan Chard Invited to Present at 3rd Annual Solo & Small Firm Institute in Dearborn, MI

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Brendan Chard has been invited back for a 3rd time in a row to speak at Michigan ICLE’s Solo & Small Firm Institute. The event will be held in Dearborn, Michigan at the Ford Conference Center.

Brendan will be speaking on:

  • Law Firm Websites, not just a marketing device
  • Getting the most out of Microsoft Outlook
  • Security, Firewalls & Backups: Be sure you can sleep at night

This is a dynamic and exciting event for solo and small firm lawyers in Michigan. It includes two days of three learning tracks on Technology, Substantive Law, and Practice Management.

For more information see the Michigan ICLE website at: http://www.icle.org