Before you start discovery, you need to have a plan. Your client should be an integral part of that plan. Here are four ways to get your client involved in discovery decisions. Continue reading
Preparing a 3-day notice to pay rent or quit? Use this checklist to be sure that you get the form and content of the notice right. Continue reading
When selecting a jury for a civil trial, counsel has pretty wide latitude in terms of the scope of voir dire questions. But there are limits. Continue reading
An increasingly important issue in estate planning is how to handle a decedent’s digital assets, e.g., email and social media accounts, digital files and photographs stored in the cloud. Here’s what to do.
One of the first communications you should send to a new client is your email policy. Explain the dangers involved in emailing privileged information and tell them what precautions to take. Continue reading
When cross-examining a witness, almost always begin and end with your strongest questions. Except in a couple of situations. Continue reading
In addition to the natural fear of becoming incapacitated, some people hesitate to sign an Advanced Health Care Directive (AHCD) because they worry it will take away their power to make decisions. Here are some facts to allay those fears. Continue reading
Some lawyers decide at the beginning of a case that they’ll never be able to understand what the expert is talking about, and they make no effort to do so. Bad plan! Regardless of the expert’s skill, it’s the lawyer’s responsibility to make sure that his or her expertise is presented to the trier of fact in an admissible and persuasive way. To do that, the lawyer needs to understand the expert’s testimony and field of expertise. Here are four ways to educate yourself fast. Continue reading
You meet with a prospective client and explain that you’ll need a initial retainer fee to get started. The prospective client doesn’t pay the fee and you’re pretty sure this will be a pattern, so you decide not to take on this person as a client. Now you’ll need to inform him or her in writing.
Interrogatories play a key role in litigation: They’re used to gather potential evidence to support a party’s contentions, including facts, witnesses, and writings, or to determine what contentions an opposing party is planning to make. CCP §2030.010(b). But just because they ask doesn’t mean you have to answer. You can object to interrogatories on many grounds. Here’s a list of objections to keep handy when the next batch of interrogatories arrives. Continue reading