Posted on August 1, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
You’ve decided to open your own law office and are ready for your clients’ cases, but are you also ready to handle the tax issues that go hand-in-hand with running your own business? Continue reading
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Posted on June 23, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Seasoned litigators know how important it can be to have a good relationship with courtroom staff. Bringing holiday treats or morning coffee can certainly bolster that relationship, but is it ok to do?
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Posted on June 11, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
As a matter of professional responsibility, California attorneys must avoid conflicts of interest with current and former clients. Beyond these ethical obligations, there are also practical reasons to avoid a new client who is or may be adverse to a current or former client. Continue reading
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Posted on May 30, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
This blog post is adapted from Achieving Professional Camaraderie in Family Law Practice by M. Dee Samuels, Esq., published in CEB’s Practice Under the California Family Code: Dissolution, Legal Separation, Nullity.
Anger, distrust, and hostility may spill over from clients to attorneys, who at times find themselves as stressed and as polarized as their clients. Here’s how a group of women family law attorneys I belonged to discovered a way to deal with those stresses. There are lessons here for all attorneys. Continue reading
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Posted on May 7, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Have you considered handling criminal appeals? If you’re appointed to represent indigent appellants, this isn’t a very profitable practice area. The key to making it work financially is finding efficiencies wherever you can. Continue reading
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