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A Judgment Cannot Not Lie Against Attorney Who is a Non Party

In Suarez v. City of Corona, 2014 DJDAR 12101, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District decided an interesting case concerning the interpretation of California Code of Civil Procedure Section 1038....more

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

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

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

Lessons from ABOTA Masters in Trial: Cutting-Edge Techniques for 21st Century Evidentiary Issues

We are in the midst of a big data explosion. E-discovery, metadata, black box data, cell phone records, social media … the list goes on and on. Last Friday at the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Masters in Trial in...more

Ethics Opinions Underscore Problems That Medicare Liens Create when Negotiating Settlements

In serious personal injury cases, a common issue arises in settlement talks that affect the course of negotiations – Liens; Specifically, health insurer liens and liens asserted by Medicare. The problem is simple: a plaintiff...more

One of the Most Important Steps In Any Construction or Injury Case

During my years of litigation, and equally so now in the field of litigation graphics, I became convinced of the importance of inspecting whatever items and locations that a case revolves around in order to visualize and then...more

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