Posted on February 15, 2017 by CEB
The following is a guest blog post by Allison B. Margolin, a partner at Margolin and Lawrence in Los Angeles. Ms. Margolin practices criminal defense and civil litigation in both state and federal court.
California’s new law legalizing recreational marijuana has attracted people from all walks of life to the industry. In turn, this will bring new clients to attorneys. But before you represent clients in marijuana-related businesses, consider these tips. Continue reading
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Posted on January 23, 2017 by Julie Brook, Esq.
It’s crucial that attorneys maintain regular and open communication with their clients. When it comes to litigation, communications often come in the form of status report letters. Here are 5 letters that litigators send to their clients and what to include in them. Continue reading
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Posted on November 28, 2016 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Many times you can anticipate related services that you don’t intend to provide under the existing fee agreement with the client, but that the client might want provided. Like when you’re retained to negotiate a dispute, but not to litigate it. Or a settlement may have tax consequences for the client, but you won’t be giving tax advice. Be fair to the client and protect yourself by stating any excluded services in your fee agreement. Continue reading
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Posted on November 7, 2016 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Plaintiff’s counsel always needs to consider whether the cost of litigation to the client is likely to outweigh the gain. Defense counsel needs to do a similar analysis: Consider whether the pros of taking a defendant’s case are outweighed by the cons. Continue reading
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Posted on October 21, 2016 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Most law offices that handle a significant volume of any particular type of case use client intake forms or questionnaires. These forms can aid in office efficiency, but are they really a good idea to use? Continue reading
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Posted on October 7, 2016 by CEB
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.
Are you one of those lawyers who roll their eyes whenever anyone suggests mentoring a new lawyer at your firm? If so, it’s time to rethink your position. You may find that mentoring is not only an economic advantage for your firm, but enjoyable for you. Continue reading
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