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Breaking News in the State Bar Disciplinary Arena

On July 8, 2022, new legislation went into effect that will afford North Carolina attorneys an additional review process and a chance to appear in…more

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Use Your Resources

You’re competent in the area of law you practice.  Of course you are!  But have you ever had some unusual circumstance occur in the middle…more

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Professional Relationships – How Important is it to be “Right?”

Raising a very strong-willed seven-year old daughter definitely has its challenges.  One of the many life lessons that we want her to learn is the…more

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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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