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Monthly Archives: March 2011

What If The Person On The Other Side Is Representing Herself? This Is Called Acting “Pro Se.”

Generally, what this means is that your time and my effort will go up.  Why?  Because judges are going to bend over backward to be fair to the “poor” pro-se. Therefore, whatever the pro se does, there is a 99.99% … Continue reading

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Defamation

There are two kinds of defamation: slander (verbal defamation) and libel (written defamation).  So what is “defamation?” There are 2 types of defamation: defamation of a private person and defamation of a public person.  (I’m *really* leaving out a lot … Continue reading

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What Are “Hearsay Exceptions” That Lawyers Talk About So Much?

This YouTube video will help.  (Amazing what you can do with Legos isn’t it?) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xi5LESZ7_Kc

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Yes, We Do Business Brawls. But, …

An attorney I know casually (he’s in California practicing estate planning for dysfunctional families) said it better than I ever could:  “I am a problem solver, not a problem creator. You are hiring me to solve your problems, not create … Continue reading

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Law Enforcement Interviews

If you get a call saying that a law enforcement officer (or attorney) wants to talk with you, call an attorney right now.  Don’t say another word.  If you doubt the wisdom, go to you tube and watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8z7NC5sgik … Continue reading

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What Does “Time Is Of The Essence” Mean In A Contract?

Well, generally it means that the deadlines in the contract to do (or not do) something must be adhered to.  If you don’t meet those deadlines, you have breached the contract and penalties apply. What kind of penalties?  That’s a … Continue reading

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How To Set A Deposition If The Other Lawyer Won’t Cooperate

First, write and ask for convenient dates.  Make a record.  If you don’t get any convenient dates, or they don’t respond to you, then the answer depends on 1 question: Are you trying to take the deposition of a party … Continue reading

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Service Of Process In DC Against A Corporation

When you file a lawsuit in DC against a DC corporation you have to serve the corporation or one of its officers.  You can do it by US Mail, Certified, Return Receipt Requested.  But if an unauthorized person signs for … Continue reading

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What’s “Burden Of Proof?”

It’s who has to prove what in any lawsuit. For example, if you are sued for a credit card debt, even if you did have a credit card, they will have to prove the following: you used the specific credit … Continue reading

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Do You Accept Cases You Aren’t Sure Are Winners? Will I Litigate What Looks Like A Losing Case?

As always when you ask a lawyer a question, the answer is “it depends.”  So what does it depend on?  No litigator ever wins every case and judges, lawyers, etc. understand that you don’t get to choose the facts of … Continue reading

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