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Need Change? Take Inventory of Your Legal Career

If you’re like many lawyers and feel burnt out or bored, it might be time to take inventory of your career. But taking the time to think about career issues can be daunting—you know you need to make some changes, but where to…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

Bound to Arbitrate Nursing Home Litigation?

When is a personal representative bound to arbitrate claims against a nursing home? The answer depends on the nature of the claim, as illustrated in a recent case. Here’s what happened in Monschke v Timber Ridge Assisted…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Health

11 Steps to Introducing Exhibits at Trial

If it’s your first trial or it’s been a while since you’ve tried a case, here’s a handy list of the steps to take when introducing your evidence at trial. STEP 1: Mark your exhibit for identification. The court clerk…more
| Civil Procedure, Criminal Law

Can You Evict Tenants for Renting Out Their Apartments for Short-Term Use?

A recent decision from the Appellate Department of the Los Angeles Superior Court (Chen v Kraft (2016) 243 CA4th Supp 13) allowed a landlord to evict a tenant for running a transient occupancy (short-term rental) business out of…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Residential

How to Be a Happier Lawyer

Most lawyers reach a point when they wonder: Am I spending more time stressed and miserable than I am challenged and fulfilled? We’ve been trained to win at all costs, but even when we succeed, we still remember what we did…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

Sabbaticals Aren’t Just for Academics Anymore

Sabbaticals have been traditionally used in the academic setting to give university teachers one year of paid leave to study or travel for every seven years worked. Now some private, nonacademic employers—particularly in the…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Use this Checklist for Every Declaration

Litigators use declarations and affidavits to present facts to the judge from various types of witnesses. Their use can become routine and sometimes even sloppy. But beware: Declarations are subject to the same objections and…more
| Civil Procedure

Starting Your Law Practice: Taking the First Steps

“Those who never try or quit too early end up working for those who tried and never quit.” True in any business and life in general, even more so in the solo practice of law—going solo requires you to step out and charge ahead…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

Really Listen to the Witness

It sounds obvious: You should always listen carefully to the witness during cross-examination. But listening means more than just hearing the words actually said. Ideally, your listening will go well beyond that, which can make…more
| Civil Procedure, Criminal Law

Review Your Hourly Fee Agreement

Hourly billing for legal services has been criticized for, among other things, discouraging attorney efficiency and providing the client with no predictability of cost (see, e.g., ABA Commission on Billable Hours Report…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

9 Steps to Getting Business Records into Evidence

You know you can get business records into evidence under an exception to the hearsay rule, but you’re not exactly sure how to do it. It’s simply a mechanical process—just get your witness on the stand and follow these nine…more
| Civil Procedure

Confidentiality Among Co-Clients?

Whenever you’re representing multiple clients with respect to the same subject matter, make sure to address the issue of confidentiality right at the beginning of the attorney-client relationship—in fact, you should cover it in…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

Don’t Bore the Jury!

Much to the chagrin of trial attorneys, jurors don’t always give their full attention to the trial. It’s trial counsel’s job to keep things interesting. Depending on the case, this can be a tall order. Here are some tips for…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

A Client Shouldn’t Be Just a Number to You, Except in Your Filing System

You’ve started a law practice and the clients are beginning to arrive. How will you organize your client files? Your first thought may be to use an alphabetical system by client name. Big mistake. Instead, stick to numbers…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

Is Telecommuting a Reasonable Accommodation?

Employers are often asked to allow an employee to telecommute as a reasonable accommodation for a disability. Should employers always grant such requests? What considerations come into play? Here’s a checklist to help employers…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law
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