Archive for November 2011

Tell Me How Much I Suck

Tell Me How Much I Suck
Go ahead. I’ll never know who you are. If you anonymously post something online – a blog comment, forum post, business review – the law protects your identity, at least to an extent. The person or business that is the target of a negative comment or review might want to sue, but in order to... Read more »

Does a Lawyer’s Gender Matter?

Does a Lawyer’s Gender Matter?
You consider many factors about the lawyer that is going to handle your case.  When you weigh the decision, how much should the gender of the lawyer tip the balance?  When it comes to family law cases in particular, it seems there is a lot of opinion out there that you need a female lawyer... Read more »

Judges Do Not Grade Papers

Judges Do Not Grade Papers
Even helicopter parents have to land some time.  When our kids come home with grades that do not quite measure up, we can kick into “fix it” mode, and try to have the grades changed for the better.  But how far is too far to go, to clean up our children’s transcripts?  One family went... Read more »
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Only You Can Stop Crappy Lawyers

Only You Can Stop Crappy Lawyers
Last week I received a call from someone who was looking to sue their lawyer for legal malpractice.  In the course of the conversation, it became clear that there was no legal malpractice case to be had as we wouldn’t be able to prove any real damages occurred to the client.  That said, the lawyer... Read more »

Can Someone Explain Gloria Allred To Me?

Can Someone Explain Gloria Allred To Me?
Gloria Allred is a founding partner of an employment law firm in California. But the cases she is known for being involved in – O.J. Simpson, Michael Jackson, Scott Peterson, Robert Blake – aren’t employment cases. So why does Gloria Allred always seem to pop up in these national, high-profile cases? Sometimes she represents a... Read more »

Getting Rid Of Someone Else’s Stuff

Getting Rid Of Someone Else’s Stuff
A common question I get goes something like this:  “My asshole ex roommate moved out of the house I own three months ago and left behind a bunch of stuff.  Can I thrown it away?  I’ve e-mailed him five times to get his stuff and he hasn’t yet.” If you have someone else’s property in... Read more »
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Save Ferris, I Mean Save Marriage

Save Ferris, I Mean Save Marriage
Some concerned lawmakers have drafted a new law for states to consider adopting. It’s called the Second Chances Act, and it’s aimed at what they call “preventable divorce.” It basically makes it harder to get a divorce right away in situations where the law thinks you can work it out. The law could force you... Read more »

Should Your 5 Year Old Sue?

Should Your 5 Year Old Sue?
Someone sent me a link to this editorial the other day. It was titled Brat Ban, which apparently is a movement to ban children from restaurants and other places where adults would want peace and quiet. A restaurant in Pennsylvania actually banned children younger than six, although I’m not sure if they made people prove... Read more »

What Law School Is Really Like‏

What Law School Is Really Like‏
I was given a mentor opportunity for a college student that is thinking about law school.  I try to be as brutally honest with people in my life, often to my detriment.  But this was no occasion to shy away from the truth.  The world doesn’t need any more disgruntled attorneys.  So with the caveat... Read more »
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