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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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A Difficult Lesson to Learn

I would venture to say that most attorneys have had a scenario somewhat like this: Your family member, friend, or former colleague asks you to…more

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Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Information – Major Headache or Minor Hiccup? Part 2

Once you have navigated and closely followed the rules regarding how to handle inadvertent disclosure, a very important question remains: Does inadvertent disclosure destroy the…more

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Inadvertent Disclosure of Privileged Information: Major Headache or Minor Hiccup? (Part 1)

You are going through the discovery materials that opposing counsel sent you when you come across a document that is marked “Privileged.”  How do you…more

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