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5 Things to Include in Every Estate Plan

So you’ve gathered the client’s data—personal and financial—and know the client’s objectives. What do you do? Here are 5 typical documents you’ll need for the estate plan. Continue reading

3 Keys to Structuring a Contract

Before you draft any of the provisions, you need to consider how you will structure the contract. In a nutshell, think about what to include, how to organize it, and ease of reading. Continue reading

What to Tell a Client When the Case Lacks Merit

When you’re hired to make an initial case evaluation, make sure you have an understanding with the client that, if you find that the case lacks merit, you won’t provide any further representation on it. A case may seem compelling to the client, but you may see a fatal flaw. Explaining this can be uncomfortable, but it’s critical that you do so in a termination letter that clearly states your position. Continue reading

Have You Looked at Your Email Disclaimer Lately?

It has become routine for attorneys to include a disclaimer in their emails. But like anything else that becomes routine, some attorneys have lost track of the purpose of the disclaimer and could benefit from a little thought on improving its language and placement. If that’s you, take a look at your disclaimer and compare it to our sample. Continue reading

This Is How Interrogatories and Depositions Compare

When deciding whether to use interrogatories or depositions in discovery, there are several things to compare. Continue reading

How to Deal with Racial Bias in Court

From the disproportionate incarceration of African-American men to the implicit bias of lawyers, jurors, and judges, Jeff Adachi, Public Defender for the City and County of San Francisco, explains how racial disparities are rampant in our legal system. And then he explains how lawyers can deal with it in court. Continue reading

5 Things to Do ASAP When a Client Calls from Jail

When a person’s liberty is at stake, time is of the essence. Here’s what to do when a call comes in from a client (or prospective client) in custody. Continue reading

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