GPSOLO October - November 2008
Ready Resources in Planning
Searching for additional resources on planning-related topics? Take a look at the ABA publications below, and check out the helpful links to website resources hosted by the GP|Solo Division, the ABA, and others. To order any of the books listed below, call the ABA Service Center at 800/285-2221 or visit our website at www.ababooks.org.
Attorney and Law Firm Guide to the Business of Law, Second Edition
By Edward Poll (ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; 2002; PC 5150286; $119.95; GP|Solo member price $99.95)
This classic guide simplifies the often-complex process of operating a law practice.
Being Prepared: A Lawyer’s Guide for Dealing with Disability or Unexpected Events
By Lloyd D. Cohen and Debra Hart Cohen (ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; 2008; PC 5150423; $104.95; GP|Solo member price $89.95)
This essential workbook and guide will help you protect your law practice against casualty or other unexpected events. It is a “how to” workbook designed to lead you through a series of active and immediate steps aimed at establishing your protection plan.
Complete Guide to Divorce Practice: Forms and Procedures for the Lawyer, Third Edition
By Larry Rice (ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; 2005; PC 5150410; $135.95; GP|Solo member price $115.95)
This complete divorce practice system can easily be customized to fit your jurisdiction and the way you handle cases, providing more than 420 documents to efficiently take clients through every step of the divorce process. Arranged in the natural order of the divorce experience, this book starts with the clients, follows through with the interview, proceeds through trial, and ends with prenuptial agreements.
Constructive Divorce Guidebook: Empowering Families to Reach Long-Term Positive Results
By Mark A. Chinn (ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; 2007; PC 5150309; $54.95; GP|Solo member price $44.95)
This book views family trials not as contests to be won or lost, but as challenges for affirmative resolution for all concerned parties. After reading the book, you will be able to help your clients to resolve family disputes in a manner that will lead to long-term results for the families and children of divorce.
Lawyer’s Guide to Buying, Selling, Merging, and Closing a Law Practice
Edited by Sarina A. Butler and Richard G. Paszkiet (ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division and Senior Lawyers Division; 2007; PC 5150315; $99.95; GP|Solo member price $79.95)
If you are considering buying, selling, closing, or merging a law practice, this book is a valuable resource for information on things to consider before and during the process. The guide includes handy checklists, forms, sample agreements, and sample letters as well as a material from the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct.
Lawyer’s Guide to Estate Planning: Fundamentals for the Legal Practitioner, Third Edition
By L. Rush Hunt and Lara Rae Hunt (ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division and Senior Lawyers Division; 2007; PC 5150293; $99.95; GP|Solo member price $89.95)
This book provides a helpful introduction to the basics of estate planning. It is written with an eye toward the needs of general practitioners and those who are seeking to develop a specialty in the estate-planning field.
Letters for Divorce Lawyers: Essential Communications for Clients, Opposing Counsel, and Others
By Martha J. Church (ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; 2006; PC 5150300; $80; GP|Solo member price $65)
Set up chronologically following the usual life of a typical divorce case, this guide contains valuable, easy-to-conform samples, including letters for initial client contact, declination, retention letters and employment contracts, billing, withdrawal, pleadings transmittals, discovery, depositions, scheduling, mediation, trial, settlements, closing matters, prenuptial agreements, and more.
Tax, Estate, and Lifetime Planning for Minors
By Carmina Y. D’Aversa (ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law and ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; 2006; PC 5430463; $139.95; GP|Solo member price $119.95)
This deskbook focuses exclusively on the pertinent issues facing adults when planning for younger family members. Combining core legal concepts with practical wisdom, it is a handy desk reference not only for the seasoned practitioner but for the general or novice practitioner handling his or her first estate plan. The book’s forms are also contained on an accompanying CD-ROM.
Charitable Gift Planning: A Practical Guide for the Estate Planner, Second Edition
By Thomas J. Ray Jr. (ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law; 2007; PC 5430472; $174.95)
This bestselling deskbook is practice focused and provides clear and insightful explanations of all relevant tax law, financial considerations, drafting guidelines, and forms for practitioners interested in planning for clients’ charitable giving needs as part of a comprehensive estate and financial plan. It has been updated to explain the impact of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 as well as the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006.
Estate and Trust Planning
By Jeffrey N. Pennell and Alan Newman (ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law; 2005; PC 5430458; $139.95)
This practical guide to the law of donative transfers takes you through the maze of terminology, rules, and policies raised by wealth transfers. It discusses how estate planners use these various tools and leads you through the process of applying them in an estate planning practice.
Estate Planning Strategies: A Lawyer’s Guide to Retirement and Lifetime Planning
By Jay A. Soled (ABA Senior Lawyers Division; 2002; PC 5460038; $89.95)
This comprehensive book is a guide to help circumnavigate the estate-planning world and specific changes brought by the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001.
Lawyer’s Guide to Balancing Life and Work, Second Edition
By George W. Kaufman (ABA Law Practice Management Section; 2006; PC 5110566; $39.95)
Years of narrow focus, hard work, pressure, and endless striving for material reward are the hallmark of many lawyers’ lives. Inside this essential guide, you’ll find dozens of exercises and tools designed to bring the balance—and passion—back into your life.
Military Divorce Handbook: A Practical Guide to Representing Military Personnel and Their Families
By Mark E. Sullivan (ABA Section of Family Law; 2008; PC 5130135; $149.95)
This handbook guides you through the complexities of all aspects of representing military personnel or their spouses to help you provide competent and thorough representation. Key chapters explain the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), military tax issues, and the important issue of dividing military retirement benefits.
Time Management for Attorneys: A Lawyer’s Guide to Decreasing Stress, Eliminating Interruptions and Getting Home on Time
(ABA Section of Family Law; 2008; PC 5130157; $79.95)
This easy-to-use guide compiles a host of time-tested techniques, real-life examples, exercises, and client case studies designed to help you take control, gain more freedom, and manage your time well. Also included is a CD containing more than 50 practice-specific forms.
GP|Solo Division Links
Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Committee: www.abanet.org/dch/committee.cfm?com=GP313000
Family Law Committee: www.abanet.org/dch/committee.cfm?com=GP305000
Insurance Resource Page: www.abanet.org/genpractice/resources/insurance.html
Quality of Life Resources Page: www.abanet.org/genpractice/resources/life.html
Start and Run a Law Firm Resource Page: www.abanet.org/genpractice/resources/startafirm.html
Other Links from the ABA and Beyond
ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP): www.abanet.org/legalservices/colap
ABA Family Law Section: www.abanet.org/family/home.html
ABA Law Practice Management Section: www.abanet.org/lpm/home.shtml
ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section: www.abanet.org/rppt/home.html
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800/273-TALK (8255), www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
QPR Institute: www.qprinstitute.com