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December 2016

The True Retainer: A Rare Breed (Special Credit)

Labeling a client’s retainer payment “nonrefundable” can be a big mistake. Only a true retainer merits that treatment—and they are extremely rare.

By Aaron Shechet and Leigh Chandler

December 2016

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda: Communicating With Clients (Special Credit)

Here's a primer on ethics rules that apply to lawyers' communications with clients, and tips on how to comply with them.

By Steven D. Wasserman and Joel Kane

November 2016

Other People’s Money (Special Credit)

What are the ethics rules when a third party is paying the client’s legal fees?

By Teresa J. Schmid

November 2016

Eavesdropping Liability

The California Penal Code contains important privacy protections that prohibit wiretapping and eavesdropping on confidential communications.

By Vance Woodward

November 2016

Constructive Receipt: A Fundamental Tax Concept

What lawyers should know about timing, tax issues and structured payment of legal fees.

By Robert W. Wood

October 2016

Fee Disgorgement (Special Credit)

Attorneys who fail to disclose conflicts to clients may lose their right to collect fees—and may have repay fees already collected.

By Kate G. Kimberlin and Jessica R. MacGregor

October 2016

Tax Indemnity Clauses in Settlement Agreements

Making another party provide indemnity sounds like a great idea, but it can get complicated.

By Robert W. Wood

August 2016

The Marital Privilege

Attorneys need to know the subtleties of marital privilege, a vital evidentiary rule.

By Crawford Appleby

August 2016

Are Insurance Bad Faith Recoveries Taxable?

The answer depends on a number of factors.

By Robert W. Wood

July 2016

Adding Judgment Debtors

A seldom invoked section of the Code of Civil Procedure allows creditors to add debtors to a judgment that has already been entered.

By Alan G. Tippie and Jessica L. Vogel
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