Posted on May 13, 2013 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Do you want to know the secret to making any legal writing stronger? Check out this video with specific tips for improving your next legal brief.
CEB has great On Demand programs to help you improve your legal writing, including Smith on Legal Writing and Myron Moskovitz on Winning Appeals and Writs. Check out these and all other CEB programs at ceb.com.
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Filed under: Legal Writing, Practice of Law, Videos, Young Lawyers | Tagged: legal brief, legal writing, writing skills, writing tips | 11 Comments »
Posted on May 3, 2013 by Laureli K Mallek, Esq.
When you get a new case, you’ll be focused on legal theories and general procedural rules, but don’t forget that the practice of law is local and knowing about the court’s local rules and required forms is critical to your case going smoothly. (more…)
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Legal Topics, Practice of Law, Young Lawyers | Tagged: court rules, electronic filing, filing court documents, Judicial Council, local forms, local rules, practice of law | 1 Comment »
Posted on April 1, 2013 by Julie Brook, Esq.
We all have enough e-mail to handle without having to deal with the millions of spam e-mails. Both Congress and the California legislature understand that unsolicited e-mail is a huge burden and have enacted legislation to restrict spam. Frustratingly, spam remains a problem. (more…)
Filed under: Legal Topics, Practice of Law | Tagged: anti-spam, e-mail, email, Federal Trade Commission, junk email, spam, unsolicited email | Leave a Comment »
Posted on March 27, 2013 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Settlement negotiations rarely proceed in a smooth forward motion; in fact, most feel more like a ride in a bumper car with a jerky stop and start motion. A good negotiator learns to move past the inevitable impasses. (more…)
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, Practice of Law, Settlement Negotiation | Tagged: impasse, mediation, negotiation, settlement | 1 Comment »
Posted on February 6, 2013 by Julie Brook, Esq.
You’ve got a case, but you are feeling a bit over your head on one or more of the issues involved. Before you take a pass on the case, consider associating another attorney who has the expertise you lack. It can be win-win-win: for you, the other attorney, and your client.
Filed under: Practice of Law, Young Lawyers | Tagged: associating counsel, attorney-client relationship, expertise, representing clients | 5 Comments »
Posted on January 16, 2013 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Did you know there are many informal discovery techniques you can use to gather information without using the procedures described in California’s Civil Discovery Act (CCP §§2016.010-2036.050)? (more…)
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Legal Topics, Practice of Law | Tagged: Civil Discovery Act, civil litigation, discovery, informal discovery, lawsuit investigation, litigation, pretrial | 3 Comments »
Posted on January 7, 2013 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Law firms are getting more aggressive about suing clients for unpaid legal bills. As the New York Law Journal says, what used to be “unseemly” may become routine. But bringing a breach of contract action against a client for unpaid fees is a very tricky business: first, you have to get out of the attorney-client relationship, and then you have to invoke your (hopefully) enforceable fee agreement.
Filed under: Practice of Law | Tagged: attorney fees, breach of contract, debt collection, fee agreement, terminating attorney-client relationship | 7 Comments »
Posted on January 2, 2013 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Do you know about charging liens? You should, because they can make all the difference to you getting paid for your attorney fees and costs. (more…)
Filed under: Practice of Law | Tagged: attorney fees, attorney-client relationship, charging lien, lien, power of attorney | 2 Comments »
Posted on December 12, 2012 by Julie Brook, Esq.
The files you keep on your clients’ cases usually include documents (and sometimes other property) that your clients have given to you in connection with their cases. What happens to all this stuff when you’re no longer on the case? The answer: You’ve got to give it back. (more…)
Filed under: Practice of Law, Young Lawyers | Tagged: attorney-client relationship, client files, termination of representaiton | 1 Comment »
Posted on December 5, 2012 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Before taking the plunge and opening your own law practice, there are some initial considerations you should ponder. Your success may depend on your personality, resources, and ability to get up to speed fast. (more…)
Filed under: Practice of Law, Starting a Law Practice, Young Lawyers | Tagged: going solo, law practice management, new attorneys, opening a law practice, solo practitioners | 4 Comments »