Posted on July 21, 2014 by cebca
The following is a guest blog post by April E. Frisby of Frisby Law. April is a lawyer in Orange County who practices business and securities transactional law, as well as estate planning. April is also an adjunct law professor at Whittier Law School
It can be hard to get folks to think about estate planning—especially the younger ones in the beginning stages of their careers. They believe that there will be many changes in their life before end-of-life planning becomes necessary or they think they don’t have enough money to worry about it. Or, perhaps most risky, they think they can just pick up a form at a stationary store or print it from a website and they’ll be all set. Hopefully the following points will help you convince folks that they need your expertise to get an estate plan in place now! Continue reading
Filed under: Estate Planning, Legal Topics | Tagged: estate plan, living trusts, nomination of guardian, power of attorney, will and trusts | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 18, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Feeling out of your element by the technical aspects of your personal injury case? Get a technical experts on your team! Here’s how technical experts can help in common personal injury cases, such as slip and fall, car accident, and product liability. Continue reading
Filed under: Legal Topics, Personal Injury, Tort Law | Tagged: attorneys, car accident, expert witnesses, personal injury, product liability, slip and fall, technical experts, trial attorneys, trial consultants | 1 Comment »
Posted on July 16, 2014 by Robert Denham, Esq
The law says that retirement funds are exempt property in bankruptcy, but the Supreme Court has held that this exemption doesn’t apply to inherited IRAs. End of story? Not quite. Continue reading
Filed under: Bankruptcy Law, Business Law, Elder Law, Estate Planning | Tagged: bankruptcy, banruptcy exemptions, creditors, Estate Planning, heirs, Individual Retirement Account, inherited IRA, retirement accounts | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 14, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
When sued by a former employee for wrongful termination, many employers feel that the best defense is a strong offense and want to attack back with a cross-complaint. But is this a good game plan? Continue reading
Filed under: Employment Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: cross-complaint, discrimination, employees, employers, fired employee, HR, wrongful termination | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 11, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
When parents aren’t living together as a child’s birth approaches, the family may benefit from having pre-birth orders spelling out what will happen at the hospital and beyond. Continue reading
Filed under: Family Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: child custody, pre-birth orders, same-sex parents, surrogacy agreements, Uniform Parentage Act, unwed parents, visitation | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 2, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
One of the most important factors to consider when taking a case is whether the cost of litigating is likely to outweigh the gain. Even if the potential clients are willing to pay your fee, you may better serve them by saying “No.” Continue reading
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, Pretrial Matters, Young Lawyers | Tagged: attorney-client relationship, attorneys, business litigation, filing a lawsuit, litigation, new representation, personal injury, plaintiff's attorney | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 30, 2014 by Jean Magistrale, Esq.
In a stunning victory for Fourth Amendment rights and personal information privacy generally, the United States Supreme Court in Riley v California has held that police may not search an arrestee’s cell phone without a warrant. This unanimous decision suggests that both the liberal and the conservative wings of the Supreme Court agree that personal information on cell phones (and presumably other mobile devices) is protected under the Fourth Amendment. Continue reading
Filed under: Criminal Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: arrest, cell phone search, criminal defense, Fourth Amendment, personal information, privacy rights, search warrant, warrantless search | 1 Comment »
Posted on June 27, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Settling a case that involves potential court-awarded attorney fees raises a big issue—a conflict of interest between plaintiffs’ counsel and their clients. But it’s definitely possible for plaintiffs’ attorneys to deal with this sticky situation with their ethical duties intact. Continue reading
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, Settlement Negotiation | Tagged: attorney ethical duties, attorney fees, attorney-client privilege, case settlement, conflict of interest, court-ordered attorney fees, settlement | 1 Comment »
Posted on June 25, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
The new teen drivers are out in force for the summer season, giving their parents a lot to be anxious about. Among the countless fears parents have every time their teen takes the wheel should be their own liability. Continue reading
Filed under: Legal Topics, Personal Injury, Tort Law | Tagged: automobile liability, car accidents, parent liability, personal injury law, teen drivers | Leave a comment »