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Make your work/life balance a matter of choice (access required)

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No one ever said on their deathbed, “I wish I spent more time at the office.” We’ve all heard, and surely believe, those words of wisdom, yet we still spend more time working than we would like — and we ...

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Oh, the places judges go! (access required)

A U.S. Supreme Court opinion cited Dr. Seuss for the first time on Feb. 25, five days before what would have been his 101st birthday. The case was Yates v. United States, a name that has a nice Seussian rhyme ...

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Elder mediation promotes relationships, dignity and choice (access required)

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What is elder mediation? It is a voluntary process to resolve conflicts regarding the needs of those who are elderly or with special needs and their families. Elder mediators typically use what is called “facilitative mediation,” wherein a neutral facilitator ...

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Top security threats to watch for in 2015 (access required)

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Every year brings new technology enhancements and opportunities, as well as security issues to go along with them. So far, it looks like 2015 should be a doozy. Whether you’re operating a small law practice or managing IT remotely for ...

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Traits shared by effective mediators (access required)

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The small, first generation of lawsuit mediators experienced settlement negotiations from a unique perspective — not from the sides of the table, but at the center, where you see and hear much more, especially during confidential caucuses. Over the course ...

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Budgeting for your practice’s lean months (access required)

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January sucks. I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but it’s not just me. I’ve talked to other solos or small-firm lawyers, and almost all of them have said the same thing. January sucks. It’s not ...

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Dealing with assets from cyberspace (access required)

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Planning for special assets and changes in the law brought about by social and technological advances poses a constant challenge to estate planners. For example, suddenly, it seemed, real estate became condominiums and cooperatives, and trusts were not only for ...

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The witness’s 4 magic words: ‘Please rephrase the question’ (access required)

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In the futuristic movie “I Robot,” Will Smith’s detective speaks to a computer-generated hologram of the scientist whose death he is investigating. When the detective’s questions veer off from being clear and simple, the hologram intones, “I’m sorry, my responses ...

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