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Dead Man “Kwoking”: Estate Planning Property Transfers Can Trigger Title Insurance Nightmares

Estate planning attorneys regularly advise their clients about the tax and other advantages of transferring real property to irrevocable trusts or similar estate planning vehicles. But they may not consider the potentially…more
| Insurance, Real Estate - Residential, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Give the Reporter a Hand to Get a Clean Depo Transcript

When you’re taking a deposition, you know that ensuring a complete and accurate record is vital. So don’t take the person who’s dutifully taking down the proceedings for granted: Assisting the court reporter is not only polite,…more
| Civil Procedure

4 Steps to Drafting a Contract to Your Client’s Advantage

Yes, drafting a contract takes a lot of work. But it generally takes less time to draft a contract document that advances your client’s interests than it does to modify another party’s document to achieve that result. So…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Law Practice Products & Services

Equitable Redemption: California Legislature Breathes New Life Into an Old Doctrine

A revision to the California Enforcement of Judgments Law (EJL) this year resurrected the judicial doctrine of equitable redemption and almost went unnoticed. It is a significant remedy for former real property owners who have…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

Like Steve Jobs, Unavailable Witnesses Can Still “Appear” at Trial

In the trial of an antitrust case against Apple, Steve Jobs will come back to life as a key witness—if only in the form of his videorecorded deposition…more
| Civil Procedure

Timing Your Interrogatories

Interrogatories can be a very powerful discovery tool. With interrogatories, you get to ask questions of adverse parties and then use their answers against them at trial. Don’t miss out on this opportunity by bungling the timing…more
| Civil Procedure

10 Ways to Finance a Business

A great business idea is not enough—a business needs capital to thrive. Attorneys can help their clients consider all the financing options, figure out which one(s) are the best fit, and comply with applicable laws…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Law Practice Products & Services

Make a Plan for Each Witness

Before you prepare a witness for trial, you should know precisely what you expect to accomplish through that witness. In other words, have a plan. Your trial notebook should have a section for each witness that includes…more
| Civil Procedure

Pharmacy Liable for Employee’s Illegal Peek at Customer Prescription Records

In what’s being touted as a national precedent, the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a $1.4 million trial court verdict for a Walgreens customer whose prescription information was leaked by a pharmacist to a third party. This may…more
| Civil Remedies, Personal Injury, Privacy, Health

Effective January 1, 2015, New Court Holiday Will Affect Litigation Deadlines

Government Code §6700(a), which lists California state holidays, will include an additional holiday effective January 1, 2015. Assembly Bill 1973 added Native American Day to the list, and it's slated to occur every fourth…more
| Civil Procedure

Getting Edited Video into Evidence

With court time and patience at a premium, it may be best to introduce an edited version of a video recording into evidence instead of the whole—possible very long—version. But before you do this, you’ll have to authenticate…more
| Civil Procedure

Should You Handle That Misdemeanor Case?

You get a call from a family member, friend, or client who’s either been arrested or will be soon with a misdemeanor, such as a DUI. Maybe you’re new to practice or criminal law isn’t your usual area. Should you take on the…more
| Criminal Law

5 Ways to Leverage California’s New Unaccompanied Minors Law

The number of unaccompanied minors arriving at the US southern border in 2014 has been unprecedented, with California receiving a large number of these children. The California legislature made great strides in assisting these…more
| Civil Procedure, Immigration Law

How to Use Technology for Effective Cross-Examination

A good cross-examination should come off as scripted. California Evidence Code §767(a)(2) allows for leading questions on cross-examination, and a good trial attorney should lead the witness through the narrative using only…more
| Civil Procedure

10 Business-Related Torts to Master

If you handle business litigation matters, you need to be fluent in the most common business-related torts and their elements so you can spot the issues immediately—to either allege them or defend against them. Don’t feel quite…more
| Business Torts
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