Category Archives: Practice Area Corner

Interesting News from the World of Estate Planning

John O’Grady, O’Grady Law Group, APC Swami’s Will a Testament to His Spiritual Values As a monk and the founder of the Ananda Church of Self-Realization, Swami Kriyananda had renounced…

What a Mediator Would Like to See in a Mediation Brief

In many cases mediation is the most cost-efficient and effective method of resolving a case. Often, litigants can save a lot of money and time when mediation is held after first tier discovery has been completed, once the core facts are determined that circumscribe the dispute.

Legal Ethics Corner: What is Confidential?

All attorneys know what a client tells them, in private, is confidential and is protected by the attorney-client privilege. However, what about other information that an attorney learns about a client from sources other than the client?

United States Supreme Court Hears Argument on Legality of Firearm Possession by People Convicted of Domestic Violence Misdemeanors

On January 15, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument in United States v. Castleman, on whether a person who has been convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor should be allowed to possess guns.

In 2001, James Castleman was convicted of misdemeanor domestic assault in Tennessee, for “intentionally or knowingly causing bodily injury to the mother of his child,” under a law that does not require “physical force” to convict.

The Power Of One: Accommodating Caregivers Under The San Francisco Family Friendly Ordinance

Bill Bogdan Whether you employ 20 people in Vacaville, Virginia or on Venus, the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance will affect you if one of those employees: is a caregiver of…

Consider Mediating Fee Disputes Gracefully

Sometimes clients will fail to pay or dispute your bill because they are disappointed at the outcome of litigation, or, whilst your work was properly performed, your billing methods lack transparency, leaving the client unable to understand the bill, frustrated and legitimately asking questions. In the worst situations, the work actually may have fallen below the client’s reasonable expectations or the standard of care and the fee was undeserved.

Legal Ethics Corner: When Turning Over a Client’s File, Don’t Forget to Include Electronic Data

Andrew Dimitriou, Dimitriou & Associates One of the most difficult things is to lose a client. Sometimes it is for the best. However, when you lose a client and the…

Child Support Arrears May Add Up to Felony Time? You Betcha, Levi!

The Palin family is never far from the headlines and now it is Bristol Palin’s turn. In November, it was reported that her baby daddy, Levi Johnston, had filed for joint custody of the couple’s child, Tripp. Palin responded by requesting payment of child support arrears in the amount of $67,000, a finding that Johnston is underemployed and, of course, requesting the court deny Johnston’s request to increase his custody share. Palin is further requesting that the court find that, under Alaskan law, Johnston has committed a felony by owing so much in child support arrears.

Obama Administration Recognizes Utah Same-Sex Marriages Under Federal Law

The Obama Administration announced Friday that the federal government will recognize approximately 1,360 same-sex marriages performed in Utah since December 2013, despite the state’s refusal to acknowledge these marriages.

Social Security Cannot Be Attached to Reimburse Insurer

In Bilyeu v. Morgan Stanley, 683 F.3d 1083 (9th Cir. 2012), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rules that an insurer cannot impose a lien upon the proceeds of Social Security benefits in the possession of the insured in order to recover overpayment of long-term disability benefits.