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They Know Computers But Not How to Help Your Case

Posted on January 28, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq. When corporate goes criminal, i.e., an investigation involving a corporation leads to a criminal case headed to trial, you often need computer forensic experts to testify about the…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Criminal Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Tentative Rulings: Contest or Concede?

Posted on January 26, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq. When the tentative ruling is against you, you’ve got two choices: contest or concede. Here’s the spoiler: One of these choices is generally the way to go…more
| Civil Procedure

New 529A Accounts for Severely Disabled Individuals

Many are familiar with section 529 college savings accounts, from which tax-free distributions must be used for qualified higher education expenses. The “Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014” or the “ABLE Act of 2014”…more
| Finance & Banking, Health, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Time Records Are Not Just for Hourly Billing

Many attorneys, especially those in small offices, limit their timekeeping efforts to cases billed on an hourly basis. This can be a big mistake! Here’s why…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

10 Steps to Hiring Without Violating Disability Discrimination Laws

Regardless of whether a job applicant has an apparent disability, employers should always follow these 10 steps to reduce the risk of liability for running afoul of the anti-discrimination provisions of the ADA or the FEHA…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Should You Make an In Limine Motion?

The next time you’re deciding between excluding evidence via a motion in limine or taking your chances at trial, make sure to review this chart of the pros and cons of motions in limine…more
| Civil Procedure

Don’t Underestimate the Value of Employee Benefits

Employee benefits may be one of the biggest assets involved in a divorce—often similar in value to the family residence. With so much money on the line, identifying, valuing, and dividing benefit plans is a priority. Here are 5…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Family Law

Notice of Incarcerated Beneficiaries: No More Splitting “Heirs”

The law requiring notice of incarcerated heirs has just been extended to beneficiaries, too. Practitioners have long recommended giving notice of at least those incarcerated beneficiaries who might take property by intestate…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Congress Extends Foreclosure Postponements for Military Servicemembers

At the 11th hour (late December, 2014), Congress extended special provisions in the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) (50 USC App §§501–597a) that mandate postponement of a foreclosure on a military servicemember's…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Military Law, Real Estate - Residential

Are Requests for Admissions a Magic Bullet or Overblown?

Requests for admission are one of the best techniques to create admissible evidence for summary judgment and trial. Every litigator should understand the advantages of using them but also their limitations…more
| Civil Procedure

Defenders: Be Ready to Advise on the New Immigration Program

The following is a guest blog post by Katherine Brady, a Senior Staff Attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center in San Francisco. On November 20, 2014 President Obama announced a new program—Deferred Action for Parental…more
| Family Law, Immigration Law

New Year, New Laws for Employment Lawyers

AB 1660 prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants and employees without valid California driver’s licenses. See Govt C §12926, Veh C §§1653.5, 12800.7, 12801.9. Under current law, the DMV has to issue a driver’s…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

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
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