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To Plea or Not to Plea?

The decision to avoid trial in a criminal matter and enter into a plea agreement is an important and often difficult choice to make for both the defendant and defense counsel.  Prosecutors often favor plea agreements because they bring economy and certainty to proceedings.  Defendants and defense counsel often favor them because they can mitigate [...]

Expectations for Conclusion

At the end of a case emotions and expectations are both running high. Guest Blogger Karen Thalacker addresses the importance of preparing your client for what happens as the case winds down and a settlement is reached. Transcript:  As attorneys, we do our best to manage our clients’ expectations during a case.  But we may [...]

Should You Try Mediation Most Of The Time? Yes.

Disputes happen. Frankly, if disputes didn't happen, most lawyers (solo or otherwise) would be out of business. Whether you're in an active battle because a client didn't get paid or was (heaven forbid) injured, or are looking at a contract and determining the likely impact of certain clauses should a dispute arise, our lives as [...]

Cell Phone Use And Car Accidents: Rights And Personal Injury Claims

The use of a mobile phone while driving is the cause of one in four accidents, according to 2014 National Safety Council data. Nearly five percent of the crashes involve drivers texting behind the wheel. Talking on the phone while driving has contributed to 21 percent of the car crashes. Distracted Driving: A Major Cause [...]

By |2017-08-10T10:48:37-07:00October 28th, 2014|Substantive Law and Litigation|0 Comments

Using Special Needs Trusts To Provide Ongoing Financial Support For A Loved One

For those who care for someone with special needs, it is likely that they are also in charge of managing their financial support as well. In such cases, these care providers are typically concerned about both current care management, as well as ongoing care and  financial well-being after the care giver is no longer there [...]

By |2017-08-10T10:48:37-07:00March 24th, 2014|Substantive Law and Litigation|0 Comments

I Got This Email About A Class Action Settlement. What Should I Do?

What should you do about a class action settlement? Recently, emails were sent out to millions of Facebook users informing them that they are part of a class action and are entitled to submit a claim for an award of up to $10. In this age of spam, many users were understandably skeptical about the email. [...]

By |2019-06-28T16:28:50-07:00February 28th, 2014|Substantive Law and Litigation|0 Comments