5 Steps to Preparing an Expert Witness to Do Battle

What good will an expert witness do for your case if he or she is not adequately prepared? Not much. Having a prepared expert can make all the difference in your case, and it’s up to you to make sure your expert is fully prepared to do battle for your case. Continue reading

You Can’t Always Get What You Want, But Get What You Need

A big part of legal representation is identifying and getting key documents from your client. This can sometimes be a bit like pulling teeth, but its critical that you get necessary documents. Here are some helpful guidelines for getting all the documents that you need from your client.  Continue reading

There’s No Place Like Home

For many seniors, staying in their own home — as opposed to a nursing home or similar facility — is a priority.  Indeed, according to a Sun News article, surveys show that “aging in place is the overwhelming preference of Americans over 50.” But it can be a major challenge to find ways for seniors to continue living at home as their need for care increases. There are things that attorneys can do to help make the desire to stay at home a reality. Continue reading

6 Steps to Take Before Traveling into the World of Foreign Discovery

In our ever-globalizing world, you’ll sometimes need to seek discovery evidence in foreign countries to use in a California civil case. Here are some practical steps to take before embarking on a journey for discovery in foreign lands.

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Finding a Great Tenant

For at least some locations, including the San Francisco Bay Area, Gen Y tenants are currently flooding the rental market and increasing competition among tenants. More prospective tenants is obviously great news for landlords, but they still have to select wisely from among applicants. Here are some suggestions to help landlords identify the perfect tenant, or at least the best of the bunch, without running afoul of the fair housing laws. Continue reading

Coming, Going, and Getting Injured

The following is a guest blog post by Gregory Grinberg, an associate with Harbinson Tune Kasselik in San Francisco, California. The firm specializes in workers’ compensation defense law. His blog, WCDefenseCA, deals with California workers’ compensation issues.

So, your employee was injured on the way to work… are you liable? Generally, the answer is “no,” but as with so many other things, there are some important exceptions. Continue reading

3 Problem-Solving Approaches to Negotiation

Negotiations rarely proceed as smoothly or swiftly as we first envision. This is partially because settling a case requires finding a result that satisfies both parties, yet litigators are trained to be zealous advocates for their clients and their clients alone. Instead of thinking how much you can get for your client relative to how much your counterpart can get for his or her own, try thinking in terms of how much more you could both get for your clients relative to litigating in court.

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California’s Redevelopment Agencies Are Dead, But They May Haunt Us

Apparently the saying used by frustrated parents applies to statutes: “I brought you into this world and I can take you out.” The California Supreme Court has upheld recent legislation that dissolved California’s redevelopment agencies (RDAs) that were originally created by the legislature. The court also struck down the alternative legislative scheme that would have allowed RDAs to survive if they made certain payments to other state agencies. As a result, all of California’s nearly 400 RDAs are now effectively dissolved. But this may not be the end of the story. Continue reading

Have a Plan Before the Feds Come Knocking

In light of the Penn State sex abuse scandal, many institutions are considering what they would do if a criminal investigation came to their doorstep. Don’t wait for that possibility; have a plan ready to put into effect if anything like the nightmare at Penn State should happen to your institution. Continue reading

Should You Be in the Cloud?

Many attorneys have taken to the cloud, but others are hanging back, primarily because of concerns about security and accessibility of their documents. Here are some things you should know before using cloud computing in your law office. Continue reading

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