Show Me the Money: When Can Trustees Use Trust Funds to Litigate?
Over the past 30 years, the use of revocable living trusts has rightly become the preferred estate planning vehicle for persons seeking to protect and pass on their estates. With that growth has come a corresponding increase in trust-related litigation. As a result, an increasing number of civil litigators are finding themselves directly or indirectly...Read Article
Effective Use of Paralegals in Civil Litigation
As clients push for more services for less money, attorneys and firm management are faced with keeping a careful eye on the bottom line while still providing high-quality legal services. One of the most efficient ways to keep clients happy in this regard is to put paralegals to work. The days of paralegals performing the...Read Article
Frivolous Lawsuits and Motions: What Do We Do with Them, and What Should We do with Them?
Nearly everyone would likely agree that a truly frivolous lawsuit or court motion is a bad thing – except the person filing it. In other words, for most people frivolous tactics are a nightmare, while for a few they are a business model.Read Article
Echoes of History – 1942 – 1983 – 2017: From the Incarceration of Japanese Americans to the Travel Ban
December 7, 1941. The United States is suddenly and deliberately attacked by the naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. A Day of Infamy. Within two months, President Roosevelt issues Executive Order 9066 which banishes 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast states, two-thirds of whom are American citizens. They suffer...Read Article
Empowering Civil Litigants: CCCBA's Pro Per Civil Litigation Clinic
In the clinic, we try to help litigants understand things like the function of the pleadings, the reasons for and use of discovery procedures, preparing a case for trial, and much more. The clinics are held once a month at CCCBA’s main office.Read Article
CCP § 998 Offers Revisited
If there is one overarching guideline in handling § 998 offers in your practice, it is to keep it simple. The more a § 998 offer includes, the more likely a court will find something wrong with itRead Article