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With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

These days, you literally have the power to access any document in your law office through your cell phone, table, or laptop.  Client files and…more

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They Mean Business

Bar applicants are under a lot of stress on the day of the bar examination.  That may be the understatement of the year.  In addition to…more

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The First Call

We all know that first impressions matter.  This is true not only with in-person meetings but also with initial telephone calls.  There are several important…more

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Is My Blog Considered Attorney Advertising?

The Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct of the State Bar of California (Standing Committee) recently published a proposed ethics opinion regarding attorney blogging. …more

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Non-Public Personal Information (NPPI) and the Real Estate Closing Attorney

Non-public Personal Information (NPPI) is personal identifiable data provided by a customer or client generally on a form or application.  It includes the first name…more

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Staying Professional in the Face of Adversity

It is difficult when your best efforts for a client appear to have been in vain; especially when you know without a doubt that the…more

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Informal Written Ex Parte Communications – Playing by the Rules

You are involved in litigation and opposing counsel is driving you insane.  Deadlines are constantly ignored, and you are becoming increasingly frustrated.  You finally draft…more

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Metadata – What is it and Why Should I Care?

I must be honest.  Though I had an idea what metadata was, and I knew it should be “scrubbed” from documents sent to opposing counsel, I…more

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Disbursements Against Cashier’s Checks – You’ve Got to Know When to Hold ‘Em

Have you ever received an email from a potential client asking you to collect a debt owed to them by an ex-spouse, a corporation, or…more

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What Now? – Handling the Uncertainty of Personal Injury Lien Disbursements

My colleague Brooke Ottesen and I recently presented a CLE on trust account disbursement at Elon University School of Law.  The participants asked many wonderful…more

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