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 evidence. Such experts know all about electronic devices and data storage and retrieval, but they don’t necessarily know how to clearly relay that knowledge. It’s up to you to prepare your computer forensics expert to testify effectively. Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Evidence, Legal Topics | Tagged: computer forensic expert, corporate crime, digital forensics, digital investigator, electronic evidence, expert witness, trial | Leave a comment »
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. Continue reading
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, Pretrial Matters | Tagged: contesting tentative ruling, court hearing, oral argument, pretrial motion practice, tentative ruling | 3 Comments »
Posted on January 23, 2015 by Robert Denham, Esq
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” adds a similar account under IRC §529A that individuals who become severely disabled before age 26 may establish to use for “qualified disability expenses,” which can include education, housing, and transportation. Continue reading
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Posted on January 21, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
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. Continue reading
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Posted on January 16, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
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. Continue reading
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Posted on January 14, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
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. Continue reading
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Posted on January 12, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
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 steps you should take whenever employee benefits may be involved in a separation or divorce. Continue reading
Filed under: Divorce Law, Family Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: 401k plans, community property, defined benefit plans, division of assets, divorce, employee benefits, legal separation, pension plans, retirement benefits | 1 Comment »