Posted on September 28, 2012 by Robert Denham, Esq
It’s hard to argue that a decedent who died at home was a resident of somewhere else, but the estate of Marilyn Monroe, who was found dead in her Brentwood home in 1962, has always maintained that she was a domiciliary of New York. The estate’s executor took that position in probate proceedings and in dealings with California tax authorities, which found that most of Monroe’s assets were exempt from state inheritance taxes. But now Monroe’s heirs are claiming she was domiciled in California because they prefer California law on the right of publicity. Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Estate Planning, Legal Topics, New Legal Developments, Tax Law | Tagged: domicile, inheritance, judicial estoppel, Marilyn Monroe, posthumous right of publicity, right of publicity | 4 Comments »
Posted on September 24, 2012 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Not only is an exhibit log an invaluable trial organizational tool for you, but you’ll score points with the court clerk if you provide him or her with one. Here’s how to create an impressive exhibit log. Continue reading
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Evidence, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, New Lawyers | Tagged: demonstrative evidence, evidence, exhibit log, trial, trial exhibit | 3 Comments »
Posted on September 21, 2012 by Julie Brook, Esq.
To address a problem that threatens “to undermine the efficacy of the system for adjudicating petitions for collateral relief in cases involving the death penalty,” the California Supreme Court used the case of In re Reno (Aug. 30, 2012, S124660) to establish new “ground rules” when exhaustion of state remedies requires the petitioner to file a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in its court. Continue reading
Filed under: Criminal Law | Tagged: California Supreme Court, death penalty, exhaustion petition, habeas corpus, habeas corpus petition | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 19, 2012 by Julie Brook, Esq.
After you’ve settled a case and prepared the final settlement papers memorializing the agreement, all that’s left for the parties to do is execute that agreement. You’re close to the finish line—don’t slack off yet! Continue reading
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, New Lawyers, Settlement Negotiation | Tagged: execution, mediation, settlement, settlement agreement, signatures | 3 Comments »
Posted on September 17, 2012 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Sentencing across states in domestic violence cases sometimes seems almost random, or at least flawed. Famous cases of apparent sentencing favoritism, as with boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr’s lenient sentence in Las Vegas, can hurt the integrity of the system. But California has a domestic violence sentencing scheme that is not arbitrary; instead, it is aimed at fairness, with clear direction for judges. Continue reading
Filed under: Criminal Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: batterer, criminal penalty, domestic violence, sentencing, sentencing enhancement | 2 Comments »
Posted on September 14, 2012 by Julie Brook, Esq.
A good start is crucial in most things, not the least of which is your first contact with a prospective client. This initial contact is your big chance to identify the client’s needs, get the information you need, and nail down another case. Continue reading
Filed under: Legal Topics, New Lawyers, Practice of Law, Starting a Law Practice | Tagged: attorney, case, client, client intake, client interview, conflict of interest, retainer | 7 Comments »
Posted on September 11, 2012 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Congratulations, you’ve reached a settlement! Now you need to set it out in the final settlement documents. You need to include all the terms on which the parties have agreed, as well as terms to make it enforceable. To help make sure you don’t miss anything, here’s a checklist of 14 common settlement terms. Continue reading
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, Settlement Negotiation | Tagged: drafting settlement agreement, mediation, settlement, settlement agreement, settlement terms | 5 Comments »