How to Oppose an Ex Parte Application
I hate opposing ex parte applications.
I'm fine with the process if opposing counsel gives the required 24 hours notice, and I can file my opposition before the hearing and have it considered with the ex parte application. Far more often, however, even if opposing counsel provides the required notice, the basis for the request is so vague that I have no ability to prepare an opposition.
Opposing counsel says he is seeking some unspecified relief regarding some unspecified discovery, and I really don't think you grant him whatever it is he wants.”
Depending on the schedule of the court and its filing requirements, it is often the case that I don't receive the application until late in the day the day before the hearing, with no opportunity to file an opposition until the morning of the hearing. Even if the court accepts electronic filings, affording me the opportunity to file my opposition the night before, it is usually the case that the papers will not work their way through the system prior to the hearing. Continue reading
“Freemium” is a business model that works by offering a product or service free of charge (typically digital offerings such as eBooks) while charging a premium for advanced features, functionality, or related products and services. The word “freemium” is a portmanteau* combining the two aspects of the business model: “free” and “premium”. Thanks Wikipedia.
Freemiums are a great way to promote a law firm. A potential client visits your blog and is greeted with an offer of an essential report for free. And why would you do that? Because you must capture the client's email address in order to provide the free report. This allows you to follow up with the potential client, and the report with all your contact information remains in the hands of the potential client so he or she can contact you when ready.
Clients shop for attorneys. Hopefully your website will be enough to generate a call, but that may not seal the deal. On many occasions a potential client has called, I've wowed them with my fount of knowledge, and sent them back to my assistant to schedule an appointment. A few minutes later, the phone rings again, and it is the same client calling to discuss the case, not realizing she is calling the same firm. She is just working her way down the Google results and calling every attorney she finds. A freemium can distinguish you from the pack of attorneys clients are going to call. Continue reading
Being actively concerned about your clients’ problems will naturally come with the territory if you have a heart. When you are representing someone who is about to lose their home due to fraud, or lose visitation of a child through a custody battle, you can’t help but be awed by the life-altering nature of your representation.
I still lose sleep worrying about my clients’ cases. Sometimes the stakes are just so high I shudder at the potential outcome. I have complete confidence in my own abilities, backed by a great success rate, but you can never eliminate all the vagaries of litigation.
However, I now have fewer sleepless nights because I eventually realized that the stress was coming from two directions, and a roadblock could be placed in one of those paths. There is the unavoidable stress that is going to come from any litigation because you want your client to prevail and are concerned that the judge or jury will reach the wrong conclusion. But there is often another source of stress created by the client. That stress can be eliminated if you are firm with the client. Continue reading