Posted on September 28, 2012 by Robert Denham, Esq
It’s hard to argue that a decedent who died at home was a resident of somewhere else, but the estate of Marilyn Monroe, who was found dead in her Brentwood home in 1962, has always maintained that she was a domiciliary of New York. The estate’s executor took that position in probate proceedings and in dealings with California tax authorities, which found that most of Monroe’s assets were exempt from state inheritance taxes. But now Monroe’s heirs are claiming she was domiciled in California because they prefer California law on the right of publicity. (more…)
Filed under: Business, Estate Planning, Legal Topics, New Legal Developments, Tax Law | Tagged: domicile, inheritance, judicial estoppel, Marilyn Monroe, posthumous right of publicity, right of publicity | 2 Comments »
Posted on September 24, 2012 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Not only is an exhibit log an invaluable trial organizational tool for you, but you’ll score points with the court clerk if you provide him or her with one. Here’s how to create an impressive exhibit log. (more…)
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Evidence, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, Young Lawyers | Tagged: demonstrative evidence, evidence, exhibit log, trial, trial exhibit | 1 Comment »
Posted on September 21, 2012 by Julie Brook, Esq.
To address a problem that threatens “to undermine the efficacy of the system for adjudicating petitions for collateral relief in cases involving the death penalty,” the California Supreme Court used the case of In re Reno (Aug. 30, 2012, S124660) to establish new “ground rules” when exhaustion of state remedies requires the petitioner to file a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in its court. (more…)
Filed under: Criminal Law | Tagged: California Supreme Court, death penalty, exhaustion petition, habeas corpus, habeas corpus petition | Leave a Comment »
Posted on September 19, 2012 by Julie Brook, Esq.
After you’ve settled a case and prepared the final settlement papers memorializing the agreement, all that’s left for the parties to do is execute that agreement. You’re close to the finish line—don’t slack off yet! (more…)
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, Settlement Negotiation, Young Lawyers | Tagged: execution, mediation, settlement, settlement agreement, signatures | Leave a Comment »
Posted on September 17, 2012 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Sentencing across states in domestic violence cases sometimes seems almost random, or at least flawed. Famous cases of apparent sentencing favoritism, as with boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr’s lenient sentence in Las Vegas, can hurt the integrity of the system. But California has a domestic violence sentencing scheme that is not arbitrary; instead, it is aimed at fairness, with clear direction for judges. (more…)
Filed under: Criminal Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: batterer, criminal penalty, domestic violence, sentencing, sentencing enhancement | Leave a Comment »
Posted on September 14, 2012 by Julie Brook, Esq.
A good start is crucial in most things, not the least of which is your first contact with a prospective client. This initial contact is your big chance to identify the client’s needs, get the information you need, and nail down another case. (more…)
Filed under: Legal Topics, Practice of Law, Starting a Law Practice, Young Lawyers | Tagged: attorney, case, client, client intake, client interview, conflict of interest, retainer | 4 Comments »
Posted on September 11, 2012 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Congratulations, you’ve reached a settlement! Now you need to set it out in the final settlement documents. You need to include all the terms on which the parties have agreed, as well as terms to make it enforceable. To help make sure you don’t miss anything, here’s a checklist of 14 common settlement terms. (more…)
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, Settlement Negotiation | Tagged: drafting settlement agreement, mediation, settlement, settlement agreement, settlement terms | 3 Comments »
Posted on September 10, 2012 by Julie Brook, Esq.
You know about leasing cars, but do you know about leasing employees? It’s generally the same idea: you get the benefits without a lot of the downsides, for a price. (more…)
Filed under: Employment Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: employee, employer, employment relationship, independent contractor, leasing employees, outsourcing | 5 Comments »
Posted on September 7, 2012 by Julie Brook, Esq.
The courts are often asked to consider evidence based on cutting edge science and technology, but how is a court to know whether the evidence is sufficiently reliable to make it admissible? That’s where the 3-pronged Kelly rule comes into play. When a novel scientific technique is potentially being used as evidence in your case, gear up for a Kelly hearing. (more…)
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Evidence, Legal Topics | Tagged: admissibility, evidence, expert witness, Kelly rule, Kelly/Frye, novel scientific technique, scientific evidence | 2 Comments »
Posted on September 5, 2012 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Lucky for those of us who want room to roam, California law recognizes the importance and value of open-space land. In fact, all local governments have to designate land within their boundaries as open space. If you (or your client) care about preserving open-space land, you need to understand the processes local governmental entities use to establish open-space land and get involved! (more…)
Filed under: Legal Topics, Real Property | Tagged: land conservation, land use, open-space land, Williamson Act, zoning | 1 Comment »