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The Solo Advisor

Articles from the monthly enews of the Solo and Small Firm Section

On March 15, the State Bar published its second biennial report to the Legislature on its efforts to further diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in California’s legal profession. The report documents the significant progress the State Bar has made in the last two years in fulfillment of this aspect of its statutory mission. Read more
A court may sanction attorneys for engaging in meritless actions or tactics with the intent to harass or cause unnecessary delay. (Cal. Code Civ. Proc., § 128.5.) But what is meritless to one person may be a rational extension of the law to another. Luckily, there's a safe harbor provision in the statute for that. Read more
The “lodestar” method is commonly used by judges and arbitrators to determine attorney fees for a prevailing party. The loadstar is calculated by multiplying the reasonable number of hours by a reasonable hourly rate. However, may the court consider lack of civility as a reason to reduce an attorney fee request? Read more
Spring has sprung. Many firms are really getting back into the Spring of things with counties opening up more and more and apparently a full scale opening of California as of June 15, 2021. Read more
Want to shine a light on a fellow practitioner? Read more
Applications are now available for the State Bar’s expanded Provisional Licensure Program, a week ahead of the March 1 deadline set by the California Supreme Court. Read more
In an “action on a contract” that provides for attorney fees and costs, the party prevailing on the contract is entitled to reasonable attorney fees and other costs. Read more
Don’t want the baby thrown out with the bathwater? Use a “severability” or a “partial invalidity” clause to prevent a court from declaring an entire contract invalid or unenforceable just because a single provision in the contract is declared invalid or unenforceable. Read more
March is finally here. The month of March is named after the Roman god of war, Mars, and March signified the time when military troops could again wage war after being held up by winter. Read more
Most settlement agreements provide that the entire action shall be dismissed, and the court shall retain jurisdiction under Code of Civil Procedure Section 664.6 to enforce the settlement terms. Read more

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