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 February 27, 2013 by Julie Brook, Esq.
What do you do when a witness says one thing during his or her deposition and a very different thing when on the stand at trial? Impeach! (more…)
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, Young Lawyers | Tagged: deposition, hearsay, impeachment, prior inconsistent statement, testimony, witness, witness testimony | 1 Comment »
Posted on February 25, 2013 by Julie Brook, Esq.
It’s your first interview with a criminal defendant. Not sure where to start? We’ve got 18 questions to help you organize your thoughts and quickly spot the key issues in the case. (more…)
Filed under: Criminal Law, Legal Topics, Young Lawyers | Tagged: client interview, codefendant, criminal defendant, criminal defense, entrapment, informant, parole, prior conviction, probation, search | 4 Comments »
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 30, 2013 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Disputes between neighbors over a fallen tree or a fence line can be extremely emotional. And when these disputes turn into litigation, this heated emotion can make it very expensive for your client. Here are 5 tips to make sure that at least your attorney fees get paid in the end. (more…)
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Legal Topics, Real Property, Tort Law, Young Lawyers | Tagged: advance fee agreements, attorney fee, attorney fee agreement, flat fee, hourly fee, neighbor disputes, neighbors | 4 Comments »
Posted on January 14, 2013 by Julie Brook, Esq.
If nothing else, recent natural disasters have shown us the importance of carefully reading insurance policies before we buy them. But many people won’t do that, so that leaves it to attorneys to figure out coverage after disaster strikes. Attorneys faced with this task need an organized approach to determining whether coverage exists. (more…)
Filed under: Business, Legal Topics, Real Property, Tort Law, Young Lawyers | Tagged: insurance companies, insurance coverage, insurance policy, liability insurance | 1 Comment »
Posted on January 9, 2013 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Trials are stressful, fact-filled, and laced with legal issues. Don’t become so obsessed with detail that you miss the essential case. You should be able to pick out two or three major themes that you can use to guide the jury’s thinking. (more…)
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, Young Lawyers | Tagged: case theme, trial, trial skills, trial strategy | Leave a Comment »
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 10, 2012 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Every attorney has his or her own style and system for developing and implementing an estate plan, but that doesn’t mean there are no commonalities. In fact, there are certain considerations and practices that are common to the estate planning process for most attorneys. For those of you new to estate planning practice—and those who want to confirm they aren’t missing anything—here are the first five of the 10 steps of this common procedure for developing an estate plan and putting it into place (stay tuned next week for the next 5 steps!). (more…)
Filed under: Elder Law, Estate Planning, Legal Topics, Young Lawyers | Tagged: estate plan, Estate Planning, wills and trusts | 1 Comment »