4 Steps to Drafting a Contract to Your Client’s Advantage

460275005Yes, drafting a contract takes a lot of work. But it generally takes less time to draft a contract document that advances your client’s interests than it does to modify another party’s document to achieve that result. So whenever you have the opportunity to be the drafter, take it—and follow these four steps to drafting a contract to your client’s benefit. Continue reading

Timing Your Interrogatories

170189536Interrogatories can be a very powerful discovery tool. With interrogatories, you get to ask questions of adverse parties and then use their answers against them at trial. Don’t miss out on this opportunity by bungling the timing of your interrogatories. Continue reading

Business-Related Torts to Master

185468074If you handle business litigation matters, you need to be fluent in the most common business-related torts and their elements so you can spot the issues immediately—to either allege them or defend against them. Don’t feel quite fluent yet? Don’t worry, here’s a checklist of the elements of common business-related torts to keep handy until you master them. Continue reading

2 Ways to Lose Credibility in Court

You likely start out with credibility in the eyes of the judge. After all, you’re an officer of the court. But that initial benefit of the doubt can easily slip away, and once you’ve lost your credibility, the case may not be far behind. Continue reading

10 Tips to Working Better with Your Paralegal

467003973Attorneys spend a lot of time working with support staff, particularly paralegals, but get no training in law school on how to successfully navigate this important relationship. Here are some tips to help you get the most effective assistance from your support staff. Continue reading

The Bare Basics of Networking Events

networkingThe following is a guest blog post by Elizabeth G. Blust, a solo practitioner in San Diego. Her practice focuses mainly on estate planning and probate. Law is her second career following over ten years in real estate development.

So you want to attend that networking event at the local bar association but you’ve never done this before? Not to worry. Here are five tips to help you survive that first trek into networking.

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4 Preliminary Questions for Every Deposition You Take

185496686Before you get to the substantive questions, make sure to ask these four important preliminary questions in every deposition you take. Continue reading

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