CEBblog’s Most Popular Posts of 2015

122624755Thanks for reading, commenting, and sharing CEBblog™ this year!

We hope you find something useful and interesting in each of the 5 most popular posts from 2015:

Here’s to a happy and healthy New Year from all of us at CEB!

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New Year, New Laws for Litigators

464956543Did you keep up with the onslaught of legislative developments affecting litigation this year? Don’t worry, here’s a list of some key changes every California litigator needs to know. Continue reading

New Year, New Laws for Real Property Practitioners

464956543Were you able to keep track of the new legislative changes that may affect your real property practice? Don’t worry, we did and here are some key changes every California real property lawyer needs to know. Continue reading

New Year, New Laws for Employment Lawyers

464956543The California legislature has enacted several new laws that will affect every employer and employment lawyer in 2016. Here’s an overview of some of the key statutory changes you need to know about. Continue reading

New Way to Avoid Probate on Real Property

ThinkstockPhotos-477832872Probate avoidance is a primary consideration for estate planners and their clients. A revocable trust is usually the vehicle of choice for making nonprobate transfers, but alternatives have always existed for personal property such as cash in the bank, retirement plan benefits, and brokerage accounts. For real property, no such vehicle existed. Until January 1, 2016, that is. Continue reading

Prepare Your Expert to Testify: A Checklist

533402213Whenever you have retained an expert witness to testify in your case—whether in deposition or at trial—you need to prepare yourself and the expert. Don’t just sit back and assume that the expert, who many have testified many times before, has it all worked out. You need to be up to speed on his or her testimony and to make sure the expert has enough information to be effective. Continue reading

Supreme Court Paves the Way for Organic Food Fraud Suits

ThinkstockPhotos-493451151The California Supreme Court just handed down a decision that’s been hailed by the Recorder as “boon for plaintiffs bar.” In Quesada v Herb Thyme Farms (PDF), the supreme court unanimously held that claims for fraud by intentionally labeling conventionally grown food as organic aren’t preempted by the federal Organic Foods Act—so it’s a green light for plaintiffs to sue under California’s consumer protection laws and reap the remedies found there. Continue reading

Deposition Notice 101

ThinkstockPhotos-479864298In most cases you’ll need to notice at least one deposition. Here’s a handy overview for anyone new to California practice on what to include in your deposition notice and when to serve a subpoena along with it. Continue reading

What to Do About Property Left Out of the Divorce Agreement

ThinkstockPhotos-526076097The parties thought they had covered everything (or maybe one party was being sneaky), but it turns out that some property was left out of the divorce proceedings and thus never made it into the judgment. Here’s how to deal with that situation—and how to better protect your client before this situation arises. Continue reading

7 Tips for Improving Any Negotiation

negotiate_83017290The following is a guest blog post by Helen Leah Conroy of Piedmont Law Partners. Ms. Conroy negotiates and drafts complex agreements for companies that provide internet-based services. She specializes in in-bound and out-bound service agreements, with extensive expertise in global outsourcing deals.

Most people, including many lawyers, simply don’t like to negotiate. This often results in hurrying through negotiations just to escape the pressure, at the expense of the best possible outcome. It doesn’t have to be this way. The next time you’re involved in a negotiation, review and keep in mind these seven tips and you’ll be much more effective and may even enjoy the process! Continue reading