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When solid business plans go awry

What kind of disputes can lead to litigation? The most common are disagreements between business owners, employee claims of unfair treatment or harassment, customer lawsuits claiming product liability or injury at the place of business, disagreements about intellectual property rights, ...

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Employment law and disasters, natural and otherwise

In addition to myriad social, emotional, security and economic issues, the Boston Marathon bombings raised employment law implications for affected businesses and employees. The tragic bombings forced businesses and even the City of Boston itself to close. The aftermath of ...

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Speaking up for success

Why be a good communicator? If you’re not a natural-born orator and you’re not in the entertainment industry, why are public speaking skills so important? I’m not just talking about standing up and delivering a planned presentation. I mean being ...

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The law practice and the law office

While some aspects of legal practice have migrated to the Internet, whether through telecommuting or a true virtual practice, a physical office where trial conferences are held and strategy developed remains the best environment for the lawyer-client relationship in small ...

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Barking up the right tree

A few years ago, the City of Boise Parks and Rec department launched a pilot program that was going to the dogs — literally. In addition to four sunrise-to-sunset off-leash dog parks, they opened up seven more, under various hours ...

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Lessons from the Tamarack Resort foreclosure

When the Titanic hit an iceberg, it only had enough lifeboats for one-third of its passengers. Tamarack Resort’s creditors have a similar problem; there are not enough lifeboats. The “lifeboat” for a troubled loan is collateral. It is the most ...

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Quality clients make for a quality practice

If you, like many of your colleagues, have stocked your practice with clients who aren’t a good fit, you’ll spend much of your career feeling frustrated, unappreciated and resentful – and never realizing your full income potential. Our research with many ...

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Getting tough on resume fraud (access required)

Patrick Couwenberg was once a Los Angeles Superior Court justice. He had one very large problem: his resume bore very little resemblance to the truth. Every section of his resume contained lies – about his education, military service (a nonexistent ...

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Contractors, it’s time to put that house in order

What a difference a year makes. Invitations to bid are flying. Estimators are in short supply. The phones are ringing, and backlogs are sizes we have not seen since fall 2008. We construction lawyers are happy again, too, because we ...

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