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Spouses in the Workplace: Allow or Prohibit?

Employers often face the issue of whether to allow spouses or other family members to work together. Regardless the side the employer falls on, there is potential liability lurking…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

What to Say When a Client Lets You Go

A client may discharge you at any time and for any reason. When it happens to you, be ready to write a letter to the client confirming that the client wants no further services from you and you won’t be providing them. Actually,…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

Should You Make the First Settlement Offer?

Skilled negotiators disagree on whether it’s better to make the first offer or demand, or to let the other side go first. Although the correct approach will likely vary from case to case, in the context of settling litigation,…more
| Civil Procedure, Law Practice Products & Services

Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Professional Trustee

Your client, as settlor, creates a special needs trust set up for a child or grandchild and needs a professional trustee to administer it. Before hiring a potential trustee, the client should determine whether he or she is…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Tips for Dealing with a Difficult Deponent

If you take depositions, it’s inevitable that you’ll encounter deponents who are difficult to question. In addition to maintaining a professional manner, consider using one or more of the following strategies, based on the…more
| Civil Procedure

Headings Are Key to an Effective Document

Whatever document you’re drafting—from a memorandum for a partner to a brief for the court—using clear and concise headings and subheadings will take your reader by the hand and lead them smoothly through your document…more
| Civil Procedure, Law Practice Products & Services

“To Do” List for Setting Up a Nonprofit

After you’ve taken the client through the many questions to be answered in deciding to form a nonprofit and all agree to move forward, you need to take these first steps in the process of establishing the nonprofit…more
| Business Organizations, Nonprofit Law, Taxation

Is It Too Risky to SLAPP Back?

Your client got hit with a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP) suit, i.e., a suit with a cause of action based on your client’s act in furtherance of a the constitutional right of petition or free speech in…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law

7 Tips for a Successful Networking Lunch

In every lawyer’s career there comes a time when they have to start networking and bringing in clients. This usually involves attending functions, meeting new people, and eventually the dreaded “networking lunch.” The lunch is…more
| Law Firm Marketing

Settling a Car Accident Case: Drafting Your Demand

You’re representing someone injured in a car accident and you’ve reached the point at which you’re ready to send a demand letter to communicate a settlement offer to the defendant’s insurance carrier. But what should that letter…more
| Civil Procedure, Personal Injury

Expansion of California's Disability Insurance and Paid Family Leave Programs

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed AB 908, expanding California's disability insurance and family leave programs by increasing the wage replacement rate for employees on disability or family leave…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Questions to Ask When Deposing an Expert

The task of deposing the opposition’s expert is simplified immeasurably by keeping in mind the deposition’s fundamental purpose: to discover all of the expert’s opinions and all of the bases for those opinions. Your goal should…more
| Civil Procedure

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
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