Witness preparation varies from case to case and from witness to witness and there’s no one correct method or simple formula. But there are some things you should always do when preparing a witness for trial. Continue reading
The following is a guest blog post by bankruptcy attorney Michael Gouveia, who spoke at the 2013 Annual State Bar Meeting on the New Attorney Guide to Competency. He invites you to visit his popular bankruptcy blog.
This sweet young couple is sitting across from you in your office. You’ve spent a half an hour counseling them on filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The wife then asks, “We need to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy this week, but we don’t have your full attorney fee. Can we give you a little up front and the rest of your fee after we file?” This is the time to start backing away. Continue reading
When there are issues involving your client’s capacity or the existence of undue influence, you may want to get a neuropsychologist on the case to perform assessments and/or act as an expert witness. Continue reading
Closing argument gives you a chance to restate the primary issues, summarize the evidence, and explain the law. You’ve got wide latitude in making your closing argument, but don’t let this freedom lull you—there are some things you just can’t say in your closing. Continue reading
Ever since the graduated probate fee was declared unconstitutional in Estate of Claeyssens (2008) 161 CA4th 465, the legislature has been nickel-and-diming estate planners and their clients with filing fees. Now we have to deal with multiple fees for lodging wills, which used to be free. Continue reading