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‘Professionalism’ for the ‘ethical’ lawyer (access required)

Most lawyers use the words “professional” and “ethical” as synonyms for some vaguely defined “good” lawyer behavior. However, the concepts are really quite different, and lawyers hoping to act “professionally” sometimes must examine the ethics rules for permission to do ...

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Remember: Doing nothing is a choice, too (access required)

Almost 20 years ago, George Costanza, the character on “Seinfeld,” pitched a novel idea for a television show: “Nothing happens!” he gleefully told puzzled NBC executives. You might not want to let this “Seinfeld” scene inspire your investment strategy. In ...

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Hiding something? Forensic accounting plays role in family law (access required)

Divorce clients frequently raise concerns that spouses are hiding assets or income. Often, however, such concerns are the product of the other spouse’s attempts to manipulate the client into staying in the marriage or believing she will ultimately “lose” anyway, ...

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Protecting your client’s business in divorce (access required)

Divorce can be bad business for your client. Mixing a business and its assets with a divorce can become financially and emotionally devastating for the couple and their family, as well as the employees and co-owners. Division of property is ...

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Frontiers of legal marketing: Law firm has a pitch to woo brides (access required)

BALTIMORE– Gorgeous gowns, amazing cakes, fabulous florists, luxury limousines: Bridal show vendors typically are focused on making a couple’s wedding day fantasies a reality-show dream come true. At one booth at a recent bridal show in Baltimore, the fantasy took ...

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Foreign-language records: Every detail counts (access required)

In litigation, medical records can be a minefield of details. A nurse has scribbled an illegible note in the margin. A page from another patient’s file has slipped into the record. A key handwritten dosage isn’t clear. And when the ...

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Leading questions, plain words and control on cross-ex (access required)

Dean Wigmore stated that cross-examination is beyond doubt “the greatest legal engine ever invented for the discovery of the truth.” But, truth is rarely what a skillful trial lawyer seeks to accomplish on cross-examination. Cross-examination is not only a truth-seeking ...

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Legal technology predictions for 2012 (access required)

If 2011 was the year that lawyers finally took notice of Internet-based and mobile technologies — if only because these tools affected evidentiary issues in their practices — then 2012 will be the year that most lawyers not yet using ...

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