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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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You Must Disclose This About Malpractice Insurance

If you don’t have, or drop, malpractice insurance, here’s what you must do.

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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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FAQs on Disqualifying an Attorney

The right of a party to be represented in litigation by the attorney of its choice is significant, and disqualification of that attorney won’t be required just because that attorney has represented the opposing party in the past. Rather, there must be a violation or threatened violation of an ethical rule.

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Avoid Sanctions When Pushing the Legal Envelope

A court may sanction attorneys for engaging in meritless actions or tactics with the intent to harass or cause unnecessary delay. CCP §128.5. But what is meritless to one person may be a rational extension of the law to another. Luckily, there’s a safe harbor provision in the statute for that.

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Acquiring a Financial Interest Adverse to a Client May Be OK

The requirements for when an attorney may enter into a transaction with a client in which the attorney will acquire a pecuniary interest adverse to the client have been slightly modified by Cal Rules of Prof Cond 1.8.1. Here’s what you need to know.

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How Much Tech Knowledge Do You Need to Meet Your Ethical Duty?

A Luddite attorney is not a competent attorney, at least according to the ethical rules. But how much and what type of technology do you need to understand?

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How Long Do You Have to Keep Client Files?

young lawyer considering whether to use a motion in limine to include evidenceYou’d think there would be a straightforward answer to this question, but unfortunately there’s no clear rule under California law. Here’s a look at the ways this issue is approached and how to best protect yourself.

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You’re Overworked. Here’s What to Do About It.

The following is a guest blog post by Dina Lynch Eisenberg, Esq., who provides consulting services to help overworked lawyers transform their work and life.

The signs of overwork are subtle and insidious. They sneak up on you. Are you feeling tired, unfocused, dissatisfied, doubtful, annoyed, pain? If you answered yes to a few of these signals, you may want to stop and look for ways to refresh yourself with these methods.

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Easy Tips for Lawyers to Improve Their Health

The following guest blog post is by Jonathan Jordan (“JJ”), an award-winning Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach, Group Fitness Instructor and Fitness Blogger. He offers his clients personalized fitness programs and nutritional advice to coach them towards healthier, sustainable lifestyles. 

Many lawyers know they should be taking better care of themselves but don’t have enough time and aren’t sure where to start. Lawyers struggle with long hours spent in client meetings, in court, at computers, and hunched over mobile devices. This all takes a painful toll on their bodies. Here are some of my most impactful, realistic tips, which have helped hundreds of lawyers make small, manageable changes to improve their health.