Category Archives: Practice Area Corner

Wanted: Nominees for Paralegal Awards and New Executive Committee Members

By Victoria Newman, RP ANNUAL AWARDS How would you like to show some appreciation for your hard-working legal support staff? Now is your chance! The Paralegal Section of The Bar…

Joint Accounts and Parental Abuse

By John O’Grady, O’Grady Law Group Joint Account Money May Not Be Yours Maria Higgins added her stepson, W. Clive Higgins, as the joint account holder on her checking and…

Having it Your Way: Parental Alienation

By Ariel Sosna and Sarah Van Voorhis, Van Voorhis & Sosna Paul Anka, the ’50s pop star who rose to fame with such hits as “Put Your Head on My…

Risk Management Tip: Ethical Walls Can Protect Against Disqualifying Conflicts

By Jennifer A. Becker, Long & Levit Conflicts of interest might disqualify an entire law firm from representing clients who are adverse to each other in unrelated matters. Proposed amendments…

Working Remotely is Possible for the Small Firm Owner

By Sally Morin, Sally Morin Law I’m on a last-minute flight back to San Francisco from Mexico due to an unexpected and fast-approaching hurricane. I’ve got a very important mediation…

Attorney/Arbitrator/Mediator Robert Jacobs Joins BASF Mediation Services

BASF welcomes Attorney/Arbitrator/Mediator Robert Jacobs to its Bay Area Mediation Services panel. Jacobs helps parties settle disputes by focusing early on key issues. Parties who mediate with him find he is both fair and…

Absence of Court Reporters in Family Law Courts = Access to Justice Denied

By Ana Fatima Costa, RPR, CSR California courts’ ongoing funding crisis is failing those most vulnerable. Since 2009, the nation’s largest judicial branch has experienced budget cuts in the hundreds of millions…

Family Law Corner: Divorce is No Laughing Matter For Comedian Ron White

By Ariel Sosna and Sarah Van Voorhis, Van Voorhis & Sosna In late June, singer-songwriter Margo Rey filed for divorce in Los Angeles from comedian Ron White (known as “Tater…

Incorporating Pro Bono Work into a Solo or Small Firm Practice

By Jason Yee, Law Office of Jason K. Yee It is important that all of us attorneys strive to incorporate pro bono work into our practices. Although doing so in…

Probate Mediator Joins BASF Mediation Panel

The Bar Association of San Francisco welcomes Margaret Hand to its Bay Area Mediation Services panel. Margaret M. Hand, Hartog, Baer & Hand, has been mediating disputes arising under the…