Should You Be Using Client Intake Forms?

158183881Most law offices that handle a significant volume of any particular type of case use client intake forms or questionnaires. These forms can aid in office efficiency, but are they really a good idea to use? Continue reading

How to Garnish Wages in California

thinkstockphotos-496583342You’re dealing with a debtor who won’t pay up and you decide to garnish his or her wages. It’s a very technical process, but these seven steps break it down. Continue reading

Handling Nonverbal Depo Responses

fingersUnless the deposition is video or audio recorded, the record won’t reflect nonverbal responses. This can be a problem if the nonverbal response is material. Here’s how it comes up and how you can deal with it. Continue reading

It’s No Longer the Wild West for Passport Wine Events

thinkstockphotos-186938294The following is a guest blog post by Bahaneh Hobel, a partner in the Alcohol Beverage and Wine Law groups at Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty in Napa. Bahaneh’s practice focuses exclusively on all aspects of alcohol beverage law and regulation for wineries, breweries, distilled spirits plants, importers, wholesalers, and retailers.

Many of us have attended “passport events” where you buy a glass, wrist band, or passport that gets you access to wine tastings at various locations and often include a party at a central event location. These “event passports” are often sold by marketing agencies or winegrower associations promoting the event. But these marketing or supplier organizations selling the tickets or passports don’t generally have licenses from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). So, how can they do it? And what happens when multiple wineries participate or pour at an event at one location?

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Snapchat as Evidence

snapchat-picSeveral years ago we told you to consider Facebook postings as evidence in legal cases. This is still true, but now there are many more social media platforms to consider. Snapchat in particular has become a fertile source of evidence not to be overlooked. Continue reading

Why You Should Mentor New Lawyers and How to Do It

skd258517sdcThe 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.

Are you one of those lawyers who roll their eyes whenever anyone suggests mentoring a new lawyer at your firm? If so, it’s time to rethink your position. You may find that mentoring is not only an economic advantage for your firm, but enjoyable for you. Continue reading

10 Steps to Impeaching a Witness with Prior Depo Testimony

steps_78288477A witness’s deposition can be used for impeachment (i.e., to attack the witness’s credibility) by showing that the testimony on the stand isn’t consistent with the deposition testimony or “for any other purpose permitted by the Evidence Code.” CCP §2025.620(a). The quoted language permits the deposition to be used to show both prior inconsistent statements (Evid C §1235) and prior consistent statements (Evid C §1236).  Next time you have depo testimony that will impeach a witness, follow these 10 steps. Continue reading

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