6 Ways to Help Clients Avoid a Data Breach

ThinkstockPhotos-478305224It is not “if” but “when” your client will be the victim of a data breach. But despite the growing risks and many high-profile breaches, there are still businesses that are woefully underprepared. Here’s how you can help your clients mitigate risk associated with data breaches well before an incident occurs. Continue reading

Dead Man Talking

ThinkstockPhotos-480320363When there’s a suit involving someone’s estate, can you get into evidence a hearsay statement by the person who has died? If the statement falls under this exception to the hearsay rule, the dead person may have his or her say in court. Continue reading

To Demur or Not to Demur?

ThinkstockPhotos-476195191A demurrer can be an excellent tool to challenge the legal sufficiency of allegations in an opponent’s pleadings. In deciding whether to demur to a complaint, defense counsel should consider not only whether a demurrable defect appears on the face of the complaint, but also whether demurring is likely to be a better move than its alternatives.  Continue reading

What to Tell Your Client When the Court Date’s Set

ThinkstockPhotos-488246600When a date is set for trial or a hearing at which your client needs to appear, don’t just pick up the phone—write your client a letter. This letter has two purposes: it informs your client of the date and it requests that he or she set up an appointment with you to prepare for giving testimony. Here are some suggestions for what to say in your letter. Continue reading

Avoid the Overly Emotional Property Dispute Client

170446161A special problem for counsel consulting on neighboring property disputes, particularly those dealing with easements and boundaries, is the intense emotional involvement most clients have in their property. Know the warnings signs of a client whose emotions are going to be a problem, and either don’t take the case or get out fast. Continue reading

5 Writing Tips for Every Contract You Draft

fivesteps_140389068A contract is a form of communication that a diverse audience will read and use. Attorneys who focus strictly on the legal terms and not on their word usage may find that style got in the way of substance. Don’t let that happen to you—review and apply these five writing tips whenever you draft a contact of any kind. Continue reading

No Butts at Work, But Some Exceptions

ThinkstockPhotos-487538163Smoking in California workplaces has been prohibited for decades. But just because you see or smell tobacco smoke in a workplace doesn’t mean the law is being broken. Understand the law and its exclusions so you can properly advise your clients. Continue reading

5 Things to Know About CA’s Aid-in-Dying Law

ThinkstockPhotos-465022009Effective June 9, 2016,  the End of Life Option Act (Health & S C §§443-443.22) makes California the fifth state in the nation to allow physicians to prescribe medications to end the lives of their terminally ill patients. As expected, the Act has many requirements built into it to address the concerns of its opponents. Continue reading

6 Reasons to Use Interrogatories

ThinkstockPhotos-494315642Interrogatories are the discovery workhorse, with at least six major strengths. Consider the following benefits of propounding interrogatories as you plan discovery for your case. Continue reading