Posted on August 31, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
People today can (and do) work from anywhere—connected through the Internet, WiFi, and cloud-based platforms with a variety of mobile devices. This makes preventing confidential and proprietary business information from “walking out the door,” whether intentionally or not, a nightmare for employers. Having a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy may help. Continue reading
Filed under: Compliance/Best Practices, Employment Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: Bring Your Own Device policy, BYOD policy, employee handbook, employees, employers, employment, HR, trade secrets | 4 Comments »
Posted on August 28, 2015 by Khanh Tran
Unlike most types of litigation, a direct condemnation case generally assures the owner of at least some compensation for the property taken. So when an owner approaches an attorney, it’s usually to see if it’s possible to get more than what’s been offered. Low risk, right? Sadly, no. Continue reading
Filed under: Real Property Law | Tagged: condemnation, eminent domain, preliminary appraisal, taking | 2 Comments »
Posted on August 26, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
If you’re new to practice, you may have heard of retainer fees but aren’t sure how to get them and whether you can keep them. Here’s a look at the rules and a sample retainer provision to help you out. Continue reading
Filed under: New Lawyers, Practice of Law, Starting a Law Practice | Tagged: attorney fee agreement, attorney fees, attorney-client relationship, deposit, retainer agreements | 3 Comments »
Posted on August 24, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
The basic rule is that, if you don’t make a timely objection before or when objectionable matters are mentioned or introduced, you may not be able to raise the issue on appeal. See Evid C §353. Accordingly, if you don’t ensure that a proper record is made of any adverse ruling to a motion in limine, you may just have lost a ground for appeal. Here’s how to preserve the ground for appeal when you’re on the losing end of a motion in limine. Continue reading
Filed under: Appeals/Post-Trial Matters, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Evidence, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy | Tagged: admission of evidence, appeals, exclusing evidence, motion in limine, record on appeal | 2 Comments »
Posted on August 21, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
When a summary judgment motion is granted and you’re representing the opposing party, you have a few choices in how to respond. You can challenge the grant directly in the trial court by one of four motions or wait to appeal after the final judgment. Here’s a handy checklist to help you determine which tactic is available and most appropriate. Continue reading
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, Pretrial Matters | Tagged: appealing a ruling, motion for new trial, motion for reconsideration, order granting summary judgment, relief from judgment | 2 Comments »
Posted on August 19, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
If your business client accepts credit or debit card payments, it’s subject to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS), which consists of a set of industry tools and measurements to assist in the safe handling of sensitive information. Complying with PCI DSS requirements can be very complicated. To make it a bit easier, here’s a checklist that breaks down the twelve general requirements. Continue reading
Filed under: Business Law, Legal Topics | Tagged: accepting credit cards, credit card security, debit card security, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards, PCI compliance, PCI DSS | 1 Comment »
Posted on August 17, 2015 by Julie Brook, Esq.
You have an expert witness set to testify on your client’s behalf. Never undermine the impact your expert’s testimony can have on your case. Don’t let him or her bore the jury—present your expert in the most positive and effective light possible. Continue reading
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, Trial Strategy | Tagged: direct examination, expert witness, trial | 1 Comment »