Don’t Get Tripped Up on Contract Cross-References

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

Tips for Drafting an Understandable Trust

thinkstockphotos-513685872The purpose of a trust document is to convey information to its intended audience. But that audience is typically a very disparate group in terms of its education in general and its knowledge of trusts and taxes in particular. How can you write a trust that’s understandable to them all?

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Deadlines for Motions to Compel

thinkstockphotos-471597236The timing of a motion to compel depends largely on whether responses have been served. Here’s a review of the timing in common situations and a handy chart with the time limits. Continue reading

4 Tips for Defining Contract Terms

thinkstockphotos-616226892When drafting a contract, make sure to give attention to the defined terms portion. Defined terms are important because they allow the use of short-form references for names, terms, and concepts that are frequently repeated in an agreement, thus saving space, improving readability, and assuring consistency. They also encourage the drafter to be precise in stating important concepts and procedures. Use these four tips next time you draft a contract. Continue reading

Who May Attend a Deposition?

thinkstockphotos-155804580Generally, depositions are a fairly intimate gathering with only the necessary attendees. But what do you do if you’re surprised by an unwelcome person who insists on being present? Continue reading

In Negotiations, Focus on Questions, Not Answers

ThinkstockPhotos-86808570Skilled negotiators focus more on questioning than on answering. Sharpen your negotiation skills with this review of effective questioning techniques and sample helpful questions. Continue reading

Tips for Doing Pro Bono Work from Someone in the Trenches

thinkstockphotos-178363193The following is a guest blog post by Richard M. Wilner, a founding shareholder and chair of the  Employment-based Immigration Practice Group of Wilner & O’Reilly in Orange County. Together with his partner Kelly S. O’Reilly—a former immigration officer—he helps lead a team of 14 lawyers dedicated exclusively to the practice of immigration law.

The great Winston Churchill said “We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.” Consequently, I believe there is no group more deserving of my time, at no charge, than the men and women who serve in the United States military. Whether representing military clients or otherwise, here are some things I’ve learned from years of doing pro bono legal work. Continue reading

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