Category Archives: Practice Area Corner

Parents Protect Sons From Their Siblings—From Beyond the Grave

John E. O’Grady, O’Grady Law Group Years after his parents died, Kevin O’Connor fought off two of his siblings with a legal security blanket they left him. The weapon: a…

Aretha’s Estate Inaction Especially Common Among Terminally Ill

John E. O’Grady, O’Grady Law Group The sad announcement came moments after America lost its Queen of Soul this summer: Aretha Franklin had died of pancreatic cancer. Then more news…

Paralegal Corner: Compassion & Communication – Keys to Dealing with Challenging Clients

Karin Buckley, Winter & Ross Clients in the throes of divorce generally do not project the best version of themselves.  Some behave like overwrought toddlers who missed their naptime:  They…

There’s No Crying in Baseball, and Especially Not for A-Rod

Ariel Sosna and Sarah Van Voorhis, Van Voorhis & Sosna When Yankees’ homerun king, Alex Rodriguez (“A-Rod”) retired from baseball in 2016, he was earning over $30 million dollars a…

Ethical Walls Are Not a Panacea for Imputation of Conflicts Under New Ethics Rules

John Sullivan, Long & Levit Effective November 1, 2018, California’s new rules of professional conduct now address imputation of conflicts of interest and permit ethical screening to avoid imputation under…

BASF IP Section Hosts Music Copyright Law Panel

Sebastian Kaplan, BASF IP Section Chair The evolving nature of the music industry has brought on a number of important developments in music copyright law over the last few years….

It’s Who You Know: Can California’s trade secret law protect social media connections?

By Stephen Stanwood and Daniel Douglas, Chan Punzalan Businesses and entrepreneurs have spent much of the past decade building their social media presences. Companies now know that a strong social…

A Widow’s Unwelcome Surprise Makes New Spousal Rights Law

John E. O’Grady, O’Grady Law Group When Shu Hsun Tai lied and told his wife their property was “all hers,” the dying Los Angeles man couldn’t possibly have known his…

What, Me Worry? The One Thing You Need for the Young Risk-Takers in Your Life

John E. O’Grady, O’Grady Law Group It’s not just older adults who need to think about putting their wishes in writing. Young people are known for their risk-taking, with motorcycle…

Legal Ethics Corner: New Rule of Professional Conduct 1.4 Regarding Communication with Clients

Ryan Stahl On May 10, 2018, the California Supreme Court adopted sweeping changes to the California Rules of Professional Conduct (“CRPC” or “Rules”).  These changes will go into effect on…