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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
When handling a dispute, make sure that your fee agreement covers settlement. Here’s some sample language to get you started. Continue reading
The 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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
The following is a guest blog post by Anabella Q. Bonfa. Ms. Bonfa is a litigator with Wellman & Warren LLP and has built a reputation for handling business and partnership disputes, theft of trade secrets, and unfair competition. She lectures extensively on trade secrets, networking, and using social media to develop business.
In the last year, attorney professionalism has been a hot topic. Courts are issuing sanctions more than ever against attorneys who engage in abusive and inappropriate, or even discourteous, behavior in and out of the court room. Experienced attorneys know the reasons to consider your level of professionalism in law practice—and what it can cost if you don’t. Continue reading
Do 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
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. Continue reading