Posted on November 14, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
If 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
Filed under: Business Law, Civil Litigation, Legal Topics, Young Lawyers | Tagged: business litigation, business torts, emotional distress, false light, inducing breach of contract, intentional interference with prospective advantage, Negligent Interference With Prospective Economic Advantage, trade libel, unfair competition law | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 24, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
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
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Posted on October 20, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Attorneys 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
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Posted on October 15, 2014 by CEB
The 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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Posted on October 10, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Before 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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Posted on October 3, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
When a prospective client brings you a case, they’ll want to know immediately what you think. It’s rarely possible or wise to give a firm, unqualified opinion as to the likelihood of success, or even to recommend a particular course of action at the first meeting. But you can and should outline possible results, risks, costs, timing, and alternatives. Continue reading
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Posted on September 15, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
A contract shouldn’t require a Latin-English dictionary to understand it! In fact, there’s generally no reason to use Latin terms or formal legal language (legalese) at all. Use plain English to be sure the contracts and other documents you’re writing are in a language that the parties can read and understand. Here’s a chart to keep handy next time you’re drafting a legal document (or to discreetly slip to a legalese-laden colleague). Continue reading
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