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July 15, 2014 – 2,203 views
Polly J. Dobbs - Starr Austen & Miller LLP
Iím a farm girl and an estate planning attorney. So naturally, Iím passionate about helping farm families efficiently transfer ownership of their land, buildings and equipment to the next generation. Full Story 
July 15, 2014 – 1,658 views
Matthew A. Radefeld, Esq. - Frank, Juengel & Radefeld, Attorneys at Law P.C.
Often when representing a criminal defendant there will be the inevitable decision to announce ready for trial or a plea of guilty. Depending on the path your client wants you to guide them down - a delay in the case can often be strategically beneficial. Swift justice is not always the best justice for a criminal defendant. Delaying a trial date may be helpful in those situations where a witnessí memory and their recantation of events will be the pivotal factor in a juryís determination of guilt or innocence. Longer the duration between the initial witnessí statement, their deposition, suppression hearing and then trial testimony- the better it may be for the accusedís case. The hope being that the length of time between these recorded statements will breed inconsistencies that can be used at trial for impeachment purposes. Full Story 
July 15, 2014 – 1,647 views
Donald E. Frechette - Edwards Wildman Palmer LLC
In 1993, the Supreme Court decided Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and held that, in order to be admitted into evidence, expert testimony must be demonstrably reliable. Lawyers now routinely file pretrial motions to preclude the other sideís expert from testifying. At a minimum, mounting an effective Daubert challenge should include consideration of the following: Full Story 
June 27, 2014 – 1,079 views
Legal Compliance Resource
On April 22, 2014, the United States Supreme Court ruled that itís permissible for the police to make a traffic stop based solely on an anonymous tip from a 911 caller. The 5-4 decision, which is likely to incite the interest of criminal defense lawyers and the law enforcement community, seems to expand police powers and the parameters of what constitutes a legal search under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Full Story 
June 27, 2014 – 1,219 views
Legal Compliance Resource
As industry experts will tell you, there is a big difference between being a top-performer in law school and a top-performer at a law firm. Young lawyers are usually very excited to start as associates at their first job. Itís time for the skills theyíve learned from years of schooling to pay-off. Despite having excellent analytical skills and vast knowledge of the law, young lawyers are prone to mistakes when they start that can put their career in jeopardy. This article highlights common mistakes young associates make when they begin at a new firm and how to avoid them. Full Story 
June 3, 2014 – 986 views
Legal Compliance Resource
What do Target, Nordstromís and Ebay have in common besides retail sales? They have faced high profile data breaches resulting in the loss of consumersí personal and, in the case of Target, financial data. Gone are the days when hacking into a business was a rare occurrence. There are now weekly reports of hackers bypassing security and gaining access to private information. Full Story 
June 3, 2014 – 1,054 views
Legal Compliance Resource
As a personal injury attorney working on contingency cases, you know that you have to work as efficiently as possible because to do otherwise might simply bankrupt your practice. You may be tempted to cut costs on legal nurse consultants, but this article will discuss ways that these professionals can prove themselves invaluable to your next personal injury case. Full Story 
April 30, 2014 – 982 views
Legal Compliance Resource
The United States Supreme Court recently made a controversial ruling in the Shelby County vs Holder case. To counter or to soften the blow of this decision, a bipartisan bill was introduced, which was named the VRA Bill or the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014. The decision by the Supreme Court on the Shelby County vs Holder bill was controversial because a major chunk of the pre-clearance portion of the original VRA was removed. Full Story 

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