Posted on April 26, 2017 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Once you find a qualified interpreter, apply these eight tips to maximize the interpreter’s usefulness in court or at trial. Continue reading
Filed under: Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Pretrial Matters, Trial Strategy | Tagged: translator, translation, trial, deposition, court, interpreter, interpretation, language interpretation, legal proceeding | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 24, 2017 by Julie Brook, Esq.
A possible accommodation for an employee’s disability may be the use of an assistive animal in the workplace. What considerations should go into deciding whether to allow this accommodation? Here’s a handy checklist to help employers respond—keeping in mind that they have only 10 days in which to do so. Continue reading
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Posted on April 21, 2017 by Julie Brook, Esq.
The existence of insurance is often key to a lawsuit and one of the first orders of business in discovery. There are statutory provisions allowing for discovery of the existence and contents of insurance agreements—as well as limits on it. Continue reading
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Discovery, Legal Topics | Tagged: discovery, indemnity, insurance, insurance coverage, litigation, reinsurance | 2 Comments »
Posted on April 19, 2017 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Although in the “real world” scientists changing their minds may be the badge of intellectual honesty, in litigation the expert who backs away from a position or changes an opinion is supplying the opposition with a source of impeachment. Any time the expert makes a written record of his or her thoughts or opinions, the opposition gets a “paper trail” of potential impeachment material. To avoid this, tell your expert to keep writing to a minimum. Continue reading
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Posted on April 17, 2017 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Under California’s Government Claims Act (Govt C §§810–996.6), you can’t sue a public entity or its employees until after you’ve presented the entity with a claim for “money or damages.” Here’s a handy checklist of the essential elements to include in a claim. Continue reading
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Posted on April 14, 2017 by Jon E. Heywood, Esq.
President Trump’s recent actions on immigration have occupied much of the news. But immigration issues have long occupied the thoughts of California’s family law attorneys. When clients are immigrants or have immigrant spouses who aren’t U.S. citizens, they may face some unexpected hurdles as they navigate the court system. Continue reading
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Posted on April 12, 2017 by Julie Brook, Esq.
When drafting a contract, it’s often necessary and useful to use cross-references to another part of the contract or a related document. This cuts down on redundancy and helps with consistency. But imprecise or problematic cross-references can make a mess of things. Here are some tips for handling internal and external cross-references. Continue reading
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