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4 Reasons to Get Help on a Fee Motion

Just because you successfully handled the merits of a case doesn’t mean that you should take on a large or complex fee motion that arises from it. It may be time to bring in someone with fee motion expertise. Continue reading

Can Opinion Come In Under the Business-Records Exception?

Here’s a common evidence question: Are opinions admissible when they’re in business records? The answer is generally “yes,” as long as the statement of opinion is in a writing that qualifies otherwise for the business-records exception to the hearsay rule. Continue reading

5 Things to Include in Every Estate Plan

So you’ve gathered the client’s data—personal and financial—and know the client’s objectives. What do you do? Here are 5 typical documents you’ll need for the estate plan. Continue reading

Is Banning Solar Allowed?

The California legislature has made it clear: Anti-solar covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs) are generally prohibited. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t possible limitations on homeowners going solar. Continue reading

Know the Limits on Attorney Fees

Attorneys can’t always get what they want in attorney fees. There are statutory limitations, fees subject to court approval, and fee agreements that violate public policy. Continue reading

8 Things Lawyers Can Do to Address Burn Out

If you’re a lawyer, you probably know some burned out lawyers. In fact, you might be a burned out lawyer yourself. There are plenty of articles about how billable hour demands and student debt loads are crushing lawyers’ souls. Unfortunately, these issues are just the tip of the iceberg. Lawyers also can be dragged down by representing clients or causes they don’t agree with, the hierarchical nature of the profession, the publics’ negative perceptions of lawyers and the work we do, etc. What is a lawyer to do? Here are some suggestions. Continue reading

Checklist: Make Sure Employment Practices Comply with IRCA

Employers often find that ensuring compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) can be tricky. This handy checklist will help employers who are establishing their practices and will serve as a confirmation tool for those employers who believe they have a compliant practice. Continue reading

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