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Questions you should be asking your clients (access required)

In today’s economy, competition in the legal field is fierce. If you are not asking your clients about their growing business needs, it’s safe to assume that someone else is. There are many opportunities throughout the life cycle of a ...

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Rethinking the roles of your support staff (access required)

The old school model for staffing in a small law firm was often one secretary or legal assistant per lawyer, perhaps with some additional help from a receptionist or billing clerk. Under this model, the firm’s core delivery of legal ...

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Clients can head for ADR ‘Food Court’ (access required)

When lawyers think about how to resolve disputes, they usually first consider traditional modes such as lawyer-to-lawyer negotiation or litigation. They may think of other processes – mediation, collaborative law or even arbitration – as more marginal “alternatives.” A better ...

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4th Circuit provides new definition of piracy (access required)

It’s been nearly 200 years since an American court convicted anyone of piracy – that’s the seagoing, ship-raiding piracy, not the music-downloading kind. Last year, a Norfolk federal court convicted a group of Somali nationals of piracy, and on May ...

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Making it as a mediator: Tips from those in the know (access required)

Litigators weary of the wear and tear on their professional lives often want to know how to make the transition to becoming a mediator. Some lawyers may see mediation as being more congruent with their personalities. Others simply may want ...

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U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear music-download appeal (access required)

A $675,000 jury verdict against a student who illegally downloaded 30 songs from the Internet was left standing by the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to take up the matter. In recent years, coalitions of music publisher have sued college ...

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Sometimes financial planning can be premature (access required)

You’ve heard stories about how the lack of financial and estate planning can force families to sell their homes and family heirlooms to pay estate taxes at the death of a loved one. Many of us are aware of basic ...

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