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The Solo Advisor

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

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
If you are interested in volunteering your time and expertise to contribute to the State Bar of California’s initiatives, please review the following information. Read more
Important provisions to include in an expert retention letter agreement. Read more
Each year in February we celebrate a very meaningful holiday. I know your minds immediately went to Valentine’s Day, but that is not it. Read more
Attorneys can calculate fees online through My State Bar Profile and then pay with a credit card or an electronic check from a checking/savings account (ACH). You can also print the invoice available after you calculate your fees to mail with a payment by check. Mailed payments must include a copy of the generated invoice. Read more
Applications are now available online for 2020 law school graduates to seek provisional licensure, enabling those who have not passed a bar exam to practice law in California under the supervision of fully licensed lawyers. The initial group eligible for provisional licensure are those who graduated law school between December 1, 2019, and December 31, 2020. Read more
An appellate brief is a way to convey the facts, legal questions, law that you want the court to apply, and how you want it applied. It’s also an exercise in persuasion, and should be written for readers who have only a short time to read it. Read more

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