Be a Skeptic When a Potential Client Wants to Switch Counsel to You

bldtr040046Sometimes you should view a new potential client with skepticism. If the matter has been handled by another attorney and is now being referred or brought to you, there may be a reason you won’t like. Continue reading

5 Reasons to Use Inspection Demands

five_108523216With a written demand for inspection or production, a party can get the opposing party to produce documents or things for inspection, copying, testing, and sampling. CCP §2031.010. This can be a powerful discovery tool with at least five advantages over other discovery methods. Continue reading

Prepare for Case Management Conferences in 4 Steps

ThinkstockPhotos-477805217In the past, most California superior courts routinely held trial-setting, pretrial, arbitration status, and status conferences. Delay reduction rules put a stop to this practice, consolidating all of these into a comprehensive conference that occurs in the first 180 days after the complaint is filed. Cal Rules of Ct 3.721. And woe to any attorney who comes to the conference unprepared! Take some of the stress out of preparing for your next case management conference by using these four steps. Continue reading

Phone It In: How to Appear by Telephone

ThinkstockPhotos-101720876Want to avoid traffic, parking, and court security checkpoints? Appear at a hearing by telephone! Continue reading

Take 5 (Steps) Before Moving for Summary Judgment

five_108523216Thinking of filing a summary judgment motion in your case? Take the time to follow these five steps in assessing whether this is the right move to make. Continue reading

8 Things You Can Do to Take Your Law Career to the Next Level

The following is a guest blog post by Anabella Q. Bonfa. Ms. Bonfa is a litigator with Wellman & Warren LLP and has built a reputation for handling business and partnership disputes, theft of trade secrets, and unfair competition. She lectures extensively on trade secrets, networking, and using social media to develop business.

When you first pass the bar, you deal with basic issues such as how to draft legal documents, please your supervising attorney, and properly bill clients. Initially, these issues are enough of a struggle, but a few years into your law practice, you’re ready to take your legal career to the next level. Continue reading

Do You Have What It Takes to Go Solo?

ThinkstockPhotos-135544881Not every attorney is suited to solo practice. But if you are, it can be a very fulfilling and profitable way to practice law. Do you have the personal attributes needed to open your own practice? Continue reading

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