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Don’t Dodge—Defuse: Use Your Opening Statement to Handle Problem Areas

Almost every case has problems—sometimes they are analogous to bombs waiting to drop on your case. The key is whether you show them to the jury and simultaneously defuse them, or whether the opposition drops them with glee…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

What If the Ex-Spouse Hits the Jackpot?

A couple gets divorced and one is ordered to pay spousal support to the other. But then the one getting support hits the lottery, inherits a lot of money, or has some other financial windfall. Is the support payer off the hook?…more
| Family Law

8 Things You Can Do to Take Your Law Career to the Next Level

When you first pass the bar, you deal with basic issues such as how to draft legal documents, please your supervising attorney, and properly bill clients. Initially, these issues are enough of a struggle, but a few years into…more
| Law Practice Products & Services, Law Firm Marketing

Employers: 9 Provisions You Need in a Whistleblower Policy

A potential whistleblower need only run a quick Internet search to find many attorneys ready to take his or her case. Knowing this, employers need to be proactive: Any employer handbook or policy and procedures manual should…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

12 Must-Do Tasks Before Cross-Examination

Few attorneys have the time or budget to do detailed preparation for cross-examination of every witness. And even if the budget makes it possible, time spent on other aspects of trial preparation will force counsel to take…more
| Civil Procedure, Criminal Law

Do You Have What It Takes to Go Solo?

Not every attorney is suited to solo practice. But if you are, it can be a very fulfilling and profitable way to practice law. Do you have the personal attributes needed to open your own practice?…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

Checklist for Summary Judgment Reply Brief

You moved for summary judgment, received the opposition papers, and now it’s your turn to reply. The reply brief gives you a chance to respond to arguments raised by the opposition. Who knows? The opposition may have…more
| Civil Procedure

Drone Law (or the Lack Thereof)

The crashing of a drone on the White House grounds among other recent incidents have shown that drones may pose direct threats to our security, but perhaps a greater long-term threat of drones is to our privacy. A collision…more
| Constitutional Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

How Can Someone Be Deposed Twice in the Same Case?

Generally, you can’t compel someone to attend a deposition if he or she has been previously deposed in the same case. But there are 5 exceptions to this rule. A person whose deposition has been completed can’t be…more
| Civil Procedure

When Trespasser Becomes Plaintiff

The family of a 9-year-old California boy who survived a fall through a school’s skylight reportedly claims the school district should be held liable for his injuries because it was too easy to get on the school’s roof and…more
| Personal Injury

Make Your Argument, But Don’t Argue with the Judge

An an attorney and an officer of the court, you sometimes have competing duties: to represent your clients zealously and to maintain respect for the court. When it comes to a disagreeable court ruling, you’ll need to make your…more
| Civil Procedure, Law Practice Products & Services

7 Contract Damages Provisions to Bargain Over

When you’re negotiating and drafting a contract, your client may be excited and focused on the positives, but you have to keep your eye on the dark side, i.e., the consequences of a breach. Consider bargaining over favorable…more
| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Law Practice Products & Services

Size Up Your Adversary

When it comes to litigating a case, your client’s objectives are only half the story. If you want to gain an advantage, you’ll also need to successfully assess your adversary’s goals, capabilities, and willingness to fight…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

6 Things to Know About Interrogatory Responses

So, you’ve been hit with interrogatories. Before you start working on responses, review these 6 points. 1. You have a duty to respond. A party who has been served with interrogatories under CCP §§2030.010–2030.410 has a…more
| Civil Procedure, Law Practice Products & Services

Divorce Papers Served by Facebook: Cold or Practical?

Calling social media “the next frontier in the developing law of the service of process over the internet,” a New York judge has allowed service of divorce papers via Facebook private messaging. This is either a cold invasion of…more
| Civil Procedure, Family Law
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