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Illinois Supreme Court Holds Wrongful Death Attorney Owes Duty to Decedent's Beneficiaries

A unanimous Illinois Supreme Court added a new complication for plaintiffs’ counsel handling wrongful death cases late last week, unanimously holding in In re Estate of Perry C. Powell that an attorney representing the...more

Topamax Lawsuit Funding: Financial Solutions for Attorneys Litigating Topamax Lawsuits

Attorneys overseeing Topamax lawsuits can now turn to Case Funding for the financial litigation support they may need to help their clients obtain the settlements they deserve. Case Funding has recently expanded its lawsuit...more

The Pros and Cons of Self Funding Case Costs with Partners’ Cash

While funding for case and trial costs is available from a range of sources, one of the most common is a partner’s own savings, as partners of law firms often use their own cash to fund case costs....more

Round-up: The Best of 2013

The past year was incredibly busy for Mass Tort litigators and PI attorneys across the country. With litigation mounting for TVM, continuing for Hips, and across the headlines for mild TBI & the NFL – there was plenty of...more

Simplify and Emphasize in Litigation Graphics

In oral argument, a litigator has very limited time—she needs to hit the high points and move on. She must communicate enough information to convince the judge or jury of her argument, yet must avoid getting mired in...more

Why Should an Investor or Business Conduct an Asset Search

If used properly and if conducted by a reputable asset search company, asset searches can be used as a valuable pre-investment tool for an investor, partnership, joint venture or other business entity before entering into a...more

How to Build the Visual Foundation of Your Case

We all know by now that we live in a world in which information is delivered visually, and that people learn best when they have visual aids. Attorneys who head to court with demonstratives to show as well as tell their case...more

Asset Searches and the Collection of Debt

It has become increasingly important for both businesses and individuals to receive payments that are due to them. Debtors are often delinquent in paying for goods, services or other financial obligations. When a debtor...more

To Sue or Not to Sue

It is not always easy to make a decision when it comes to filing a lawsuit against a debtor. Before one can choose whether or not to sue, they should know whether the debtor has sufficient assets to secure payment or if the...more

Why Conducting an Asset Search is an Essential Due Diligence Tool

The most obvious use of an asset search is when a client is injured in an automobile accident client or personal injury case. The attorney representing his clients must use due diligence to determine whether the person or...more

Why Should Heirs and Personal Representatives Conduct and Asset Search

Losing a loved one is difficult enough, but having to deal with settling the deceased person's estate can amplify the stress and grief. Usually, when someone dies, an executor is appointed to carry out the wishes of the...more

Post Asset Search Legal Tools

Conducting an asset search on a subject is the first step for businesses and individuals to receive payments that are due to them. Most thorough asset searches cost less than $300.00 and provide existing assets of a subject...more

Is Your Spouse Hiding Assets?

The division of assets and liabilities can be one of the most difficult tasks in a divorce today. Many people commit to marriage without a Pre-Nuptial Agreement or without substantial knowledge of their fiancé’s financial...more

How to Escape PowerPoint Video Hell

I’ve been thinking a great deal about PowerPoint recently, and not in a good way. At Cogent Legal, we have been working hard on a number of cases that involve extensive use of PowerPoint for the client, and I often feel that...more

How Your Company Can Benefit From an Asset Search

It has become increasingly important over the past few years for businesses and companies to collect debts that are owed to them. The economy has been in poor health; banks have cut back in lending; the bankruptcy and...more

To Sue or Not to Sue

It is not always easy to make a decision when it comes to filing a lawsuit against a debtor. Before one can choose whether or not to sue, they should know whether the debtor has sufficient assets to secure payment or if the...more

How Your Company Can Benefit From an Asset Search

How Your Business or Company Can Benefit From an Asset Search It has become increasingly important over the past few years for businesses and companies to collect debts that are owed to them. The economy has been in poor...more

Why and When to Conduct an Asset Search

Asset Search services are one of those areas that most people know little about until they need them. For years personal injury attorneys have conducted asset searches to satisfy their due diligence in determining the nature...more

Legal Representation that Works for You!

Question: “I have been in a car accident and I have a lawyer representing me; however, I feel like my lawyer is not representing me appropriately. What do I do if I want to change lawyers?” It is important for clients...more

How Interactive Timelines Build and Strengthen Opening Statements

Employment, business and personal injury cases are ideally suited for laying out the facts in chronological order to enhance jury understanding. we generally recommend attorneys start with an interactive timeline that shows...more

When Should I Call a Lawyer?

You don’t need a lawyer for everything, but there are a few times in life when hiring a lawyer is a necessity....more

What Litigators Can Learn From Some of the Coolest Graphics in Construction

The ability to make powerful, high-quality trial graphics was extremely limited by the software available in the early 1990s. I was reminded of how far we’ve come in the area of visualization and modeling when I recently had...more

How to Effectively Use Surveillance Video in Tort Cases

One of the things that has changed the most since I started practicing law two decades ago is the prevalence of surveillance video in tort cases. Given its influence on litigation, it’s important for both plaintiffs and...more

Skirmishes Over Use of Social Media in Litigation Continue to Intensify

Since our prior two posts on the issue, there have been several developments showing that questions about the proper use of social media in litigation continue to abound. These developments demonstrate that practitioners who...more

Five Essential PowerPoint Tips for Attorneys

I definitely have a love/hate relationship with the dominant program out there for creating and showing presentations: PowerPoint. I love PowerPoint because it’s generally easy for anyone to create something for a...more

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