Codicil vs. New Will

will_122397917A will may not be the final word on what your client wants to happen on death. Things change, and it may be necessary to add or delete something (or someone) from a will. But when you want to make a change, should you do it with a codicil, or do you need a whole new will? Continue reading

How to Deal with an Evasive Witness

witness_78724356Every trial has at least one evasive witness. Either control an evasive witness, or you’ll find that success in the case will evade you as well. Continue reading

Spiteful Neighbors

fence_78316352We all love a home with a view, and many are willing to pay dearly for it. But what happens when a neighbor spitefully builds a fence to block your view? Continue reading

Going Ex Parte in 8 Steps

exparte_stk15700wbfWhen time is of the essence, you may need to apply to the court for an ex parte order instead of following the noticed motion procedure. These steps will get you on your way—and fast! Continue reading

Be Ready to Pounce on Objections in a Deposition

deposition_83017290Just as you should know what objections to make in a deposition, you need to anticipate opposing counsel’s objections and know how to respond to them. Continue reading

Attorney-Client E-Communications

email_133940537E-mail is a wonderfully fast and efficient way for attorneys and their clients to communicate and transmit information. But with this new technology comes new risks and the necessity to educate your clients on e-mail security. Continue reading

Prepping Your Client for Cross-Examination

witness_158992082Most cases are won by witnesses and evidence, not by attorneys. Preparing your client to tell his or her own story effectively is an important aspect of trial and can make your case. Continue reading

What to Check Before You Collect

checklist_166429067A debt collection case comes your way, but should you take it? Continue reading

Educate Before You Litigate

lawsuit_87717735When representing a business itching to file a lawsuit, always remember that the client is engaged in a commercial business—not in the business of litigating. Start by educating your business clients on the possible consequences of litigation. Continue reading

That’s Privileged! Claiming Privilege in a Deposition

depo_118935384Many experienced attorneys believe that the claim of privilege is the only appropriate objection to a deposition question’s substance and raising any other objection risks educating examining counsel. Do you know all the possible privilege claims and how to respond when a question violates one of them?

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