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5 Tips for Writing an Effective Letter

When writing a letter to the opposing side or your client, the most important goal is to be clear and understood. You can’t be effective in making your point if your writing style obscures your message.

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Who Can Be Served with Interrogatories?

Interrogatories are powerful—they allow you to ask questions and then use the answers at trial. But you’re limited as to who you may serve with interrogatories. Here are the four main categories of who can be served with interrogatories.

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4 Tips for Writing Better Briefs

Regardless of the subject matter and whether it’s a criminal or civil issue, these four tips will help you draft the strongest brief possible.

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Legal Ethics New Lawyers Practice of Law

10 Tips for New Bloggers

Creating a blog to promote your law practice can be cheap in terms of money— you can start a free blog on sites like WordPress—but expensive in terms of your time and effort. Before starting a blog, be sure you have organizational support and time to maintain it. And then review these tips to make it a success.

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How to Discuss Settlement in Your Fee Agreement

When handling a dispute, make sure that your fee agreement covers settlement. Here’s some sample language to get you started.

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Litigation Strategy New Lawyers Settlement Negotiation

The One Thing to Do to Maximize Mediation Success

typing out deposition notice on laptopThe following is a guest blog post by Teddy (Theda) Snyder. Ms. Snyder is based in Los Angeles and conducts civil and workers compensation mediations throughout California.

Careful preparation of a mediation brief is the best way to achieve the optimal settlement result. The exercise forces you to organize your case and create guideposts for the settlement negotiation.

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4 Reasons to Keep Contract Drafts

Generally, counsel prepares several drafts of a contract or agreement before the parties sign the final version. There are several reasons to retain those drafts. 

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Spell Out the Effective Date of Your Fee Agreement

Every contract for legal services should contain a clause specifying the date the agreement will become effective. This date establishes the beginning of the attorney-client relationship and marks the beginning of the attorney’s fiduciary duties toward the client.

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How to Handle Abusive Deposition Tactics

lawyer stopping abusive behavior at a depositionConduct enough depositions and you’re bound to see abusive tactics by some opposing counsel. Here are five ways to effectively deal with the most common abuses attorneys experience during depositions.

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5 Things to Include in Your Email Policy

sending protected email between attorney and clientOne of the first communications you should send to a new client is your email policy.  Explain the dangers involved in emailing privileged information and tell them what precautions to take.