Is There Payback for Marital Infidelity?

Cheating on a spouse can be expensive. And it’s common for a spouse involved in marital infidelity to use community property financial resources to fund the affair. Can the cuckolded spouse get paid back on divorce? Continue reading

5 Areas to Cover When Deposing a Party

When taking the deposition of a party, make sure to cover these five areas. Continue reading

How to Compute 30- or 60-Day Notice for Eviction

check your dates to get your eviction notice rightWhen serving a 30-day or 60-day notice to terminate a month-to-month tenancy, keep in mind these rules for computing the days so that you don’t get it wrong. Continue reading

9 Ways to Challenge Breath Test Evidence

Breath testing is the most widely used method of determining whether someone is above the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol. But its scientific basis has been questioned. This list provides defense counsel with several ways to challenge breath test evidence. Continue reading

Employees Must Get Time Off to Vote

Long lines for voting may be the norm this year, making it even more important that employees get enough time off to vote.  Continue reading

7 Tips for Using Demonstrative Evidence at Trial

jury viewing demontration in courtroomThe technology used for showing evidence at trial has changed greatly over the years, but the purpose of demonstrative evidence remains unchanged: it breaks the pattern of the trial, clarifies issues, maintains jury interest, and persuades. The challenge for attorneys is to capitalize on new technological resources without causing juror distraction, confusion, and frustration. Here are seven expert tips for meeting this challenge. Continue reading

How to Write a Personal Leave of Absence Policy

In addition to vacation leave or paid time off, some employers offer personal leaves of absence. There’s no legal requirement to provide such leave, but many employers offer it, albeit with limitations. Continue reading

6 Things to Consider About a Company Before Agreeing to Be a Director

Before becoming a director, it’s important to evaluate the company. The company itself is the most important factor in the decision to accept a directorship. Here are six things to assess before saying “yes.” Continue reading

Keeping Your Fee Deposit Topped Up

client should top off fee deposit like a gas tankDo you know how to keep your client’s fee deposit from emptying out as you earn the fees? Here are two ways to do it. Continue reading

Challenging CEQA Processing Fees

Complying with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is very expensive business. The costs of preparing a typical environmental impact report (EIR) range from $200,000 to more than $1 million. The lead agency incurs those costs initially, and then bills the project applicant a “reasonable fee” for reimbursement of those costs. See Pub Res C §21089(a). Project applicants irked by excessive fees may ask their attorney whether there’s any way to challenge a lead agency’s processing fees under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Would you know how to respond? Continue reading