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Smokeball Acquires FamilyProperty, Deepening its Commitment to Family Law


CHICAGO–()–Smokeball has streamlined its end-to-end experience for family law professionals with the acquisition of the industry-leading platform FamilyProperty, an innovative product that empowers families to resolve parenting and financial issues more efficiently, amicably, and cost-effectively.

Created by accredited family law specialist Fiona Kirkman and technologist Tim Kirkman, FamilyProperty offers a better way to manage family law matters online and collaboratively. The platform addresses the unique challenges faced by the entire family law ecosystem. The concept was originally created by Professor Patrick Parkinson, a leading contributor to the Australian family law community.

“Family law is a practice that has not traditionally had a significant focus from technology creators and innovators,” explains Hunter Steele, Smokeball CEO. “We wanted to increase our commitment to family law professionals and help bring a ‘new law approach’ to this area, by creating highly specialized software. We have been incredibly impressed by what Fiona and Tim have created and are thrilled to welcome them into the Smokeball family.”

While FamilyProperty has previously been available through Smokeball, the acquisition allows next level integration for users and resource investment to grow the tools and capability of the platform, ensuring FamilyProperty is the best possible platform for all users, including those who use it independently of Smokeball.

“We are delighted to join Smokeball and work with another trailblazer in the Australian practice management space,” says Fiona Kirkman, CEO of FamilyProperty. “This is the right time to accelerate our innovation and expand the reach of FamilyProperty to make it the ‘must have’ platform for the family law profession.”

Terry Giannakopoulos, CEO of BinaryZen Ventures, a FamilyProperty seed investor, adds: “We were looking to partner with a team that understood how technology can drive change in Australia’s legal system. We partnered and funded FamilyProperty from its inception and are extremely supportive of its future under Smokeball’s ownership.”

Note to the editor:

Smokeball CEO Hunter Steele and Famil-Property CEO Fiona Kirkman are available for interview.

About Smokeball Designed for and by lawyers, Smokeball is the first and only cloud-based legal practice management software that automatically records time and activity, giving the small law sector powerful insights to understand the profitability of their work and optimize their practice. In addition, the company offers industry-leading document and email management, Law Society approved billing and trust accounting, shared tasks and workflows, secure messaging and file sharing, and automated practice-area-specific legal forms. https://www.smokeball.com.au/

About FamilyProperty Built by experts in Family Law, FamilyProperty automates and streamlines the time-intensive, manual and error-prone aspects of family law matters to equip family law professionals and families with the tools needed to efficiently run family law matters and mediations from start to finish. https://www.familyproperty.com.au/

About BinaryZen Ventures: Founded by Terry Giannakopoulos, BinaryZen finds, funds and invests in startups looking to solve hard problems. As angel investors, we aim to become the preeminent disruption partner for founders. https://www.binaryzen.com.au



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