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The Solo Advisor

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

Is a Code of Civil Procedure section 998 settlement offer that requires the plaintiffs to indemnify the defendants against potential future claims of nonparties valid? Read more
Today the State Bar of California published its second digital annual report. Read more
This month’s SSF Attorney of the Month Spotlight falls upon attorney David B. Durrett of the law firm Young, Cohen & Durrett, LLP. Mr. Durrett was nominated and a finalist this year for the SSF Excellence in Practice Award by his peers. Read more
You moved for summary judgment, received the opposition papers, and now it’s your turn to reply. Read more
Can you believe it, we are in July and 2021 is already more than halfway over! Read more
Richard D. Kaplan’s gained a reputation over three decades in practice for resolving complex criminal defense matters that threaten livelihoods and reputations. Perhaps of equal importance is his ability to achieve these results quickly, allowing his clients to move past the matter and on with their lives. Read more
The year 2020 caused all of us to embrace a new era of remote Zoom mediations and hearings. We also learned how to electronically sign settlement agreements with geographically diverse participants. Electronic signatures allow convenience and efficiency, but there are specific rules that govern authentication. Bannister v. Marinidence OPCO, LLC (May 21, 2021, A159815) __ Cal.App.5th __ [2021 WL 2036529] applied those standards, and found that an employee did not electronically sign an arbitration agreement with her employer. Read more
It is June, Summer is officially here this weekend and the world is back in full swing …well just about. Read more
On May 7 the State Bar released results of the February 2021 California Bar Exam and announced that 1,151 people (37.2 percent of applicants) passed the General Bar Exam. Read more
Before filing a motion to compel discovery responses, the parties must engage in a "reasonable and good faith attempt at an informal resolution of each issue presented by the motion." (Code Civ. Proc., § 2016.040.) What constitutes a good faith meet-and-confer effort depends on a variety of factors. Read more

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