Posted on May 30, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
This blog post is adapted from Achieving Professional Camaraderie in Family Law Practice by M. Dee Samuels, Esq., published in CEB’s Practice Under the California Family Code: Dissolution, Legal Separation, Nullity.
Anger, distrust, and hostility may spill over from clients to attorneys, who at times find themselves as stressed and as polarized as their clients. Here’s how a group of women family law attorneys I belonged to discovered a way to deal with those stresses. There are lessons here for all attorneys. Continue reading
Filed under: Family Law, Legal Topics, Practice of Law | Tagged: attorney stress, family law practitioners, lawyer support groups, professional groups, professional support groups, women attorneys | 3 Comments »
Posted on May 23, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
When you have a case that may be filed in either California state court or in federal court, you need to give some thought to selecting a forum. Why would you want to go to federal court? Continue reading
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Legal Topics, Pretrial Matters | Tagged: federal action, federal complaint, filing complaint, filing suit, Jury trial, litigation, state court action, venue | Leave a comment »
Posted on May 21, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
If you’ve devoted years to a case and have prepared intensively for trial, you’ve probably memorized all the relevant data so you won’t need to refer to notes for your opening statement and closing arguments. At least you hope so! Going off notes is key to capturing and holding the jury’s attention. If you can memorize what you want to say, the jury will more likely remember what you did say. Continue reading
Filed under: Litigation Strategy, Trial Strategy | Tagged: closing argument, Jury trial, memorizing techniques, opening statement, speaking to the jury, trial attorney, trial lawyer, trial skills | 5 Comments »
Posted on May 19, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Posted on May 16, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
You don’t have a legal duty to accept a civil matter. You can just say, “thanks, but no thanks.” But if you do decide to take on a civil case, you’ve got an obligation under California law to “maintain such actions, proceedings, or defenses only as appear to be legal or just….” Bus & P C §6068(c). Go astray on that obligation and risk actions for malicious prosecution or abuse of process—and potentially be held jointly liable with your client! Continue reading
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Legal Topics, Tort Law | Tagged: abuse of process, California Rules of Professional Conduct, filing a lawsuit, frivolous lawsuit, litigation, malicious prosecution, probable cause | 4 Comments »
Posted on May 14, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Before they could legally marry, many long-term same-sex couples thought of themselves as “married,” but if these couples did marry when they were able to and then got divorced, they learned that California law doesn’t think the same way.
Filed under: Divorce Law, Family Law, Legal Topics, New Legal Developments | Tagged: community property, divorce law, family court, property division, same-sex divorce, same-sex marriage, spousal support | 2 Comments »