A service of the ABA General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division
September 2005
Volume 2, Number 1
In this issue...

Dear Division Member: 

Last fall, we launched GP|Solo Law Trends & News, a new member service. It was extremely successful and we had many members tell us how much they enjoyed it. We now begin the second year of our electronic newsletter. As with last year, this e-newsletter will be published quarterly and will include articles, checklists, and other valuable practice information and practical tips, all from each of our substantive practice areas in the Division. This edition of the e-newsletter includes articles on the new bankruptcy law revisions, methods to effect service of process on persons serving in the military, a checklist to be used in real estate closings, what is meant by an "ethical will" and much more. Thus, I am delighted to attach your Fall Edition of Law Trends .

We hope this publication continues to be helpful to you in your daily practice. I encourage you to take just a few moments to read this publication. Of course, it is yours to download and keep as a reference for the future. And, as in the past, you can either download specific articles or you may download the entire newsletter by clicking the pdf link located below .

There are many Division members integrally involved in putting this e-newsletter together. Without their hard work and dedication, the quality and timeliness of this publication would have easily faltered. I thank them for producing this edition of the publication for the Division. Special thanks to Jim Schwartz for heading up the effort and to Doug Knapp and the other staff members for their work in getting this edition to you.

I hope each of you enjoy this edition's Law Trends articles. The publication will continue quarterly this year and will continue to not only be informative to our members but a source of valuable information for you . If you are interested in either writing an article for the fall issue or participating in the production of the newsletter or are interested in getting involved in any way, please contact Jim Schwartz, Law Trend's editor, at attyjls@aol.com. Jim can direct you to the proper editor if you would like to submit an article to be considered for publication in one of these newsletters or help you get involved in publishing it. I know that Jim is always seeking new writers and is willing to work with volunteers in submitting articles and working on the newsletter. Also, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions about this issue or other things you would like to see in the future, please contact Jim or me.

I hope to see you at at the Divison's Fall meeting in Boston later this week. Otherwise, I'll look forward to seeing you somewhere soon.

Best regards, 

Dwight L. Smith , Chair 

Reintroducing The Ethical Will: Expanding the Lawyer’s Toolbox

Curing Execution Errors And Mistaken Terms In Wills

Flexible Fiduciary Accounting From The Outset Of Administration

Save Tax Dollars With A Section 1031 Exchange

Profile: Karla Y. Vogel, Estate & Financial Planning Group Newsletter Editor
 Karla Y. Vogel, Esq., CLU, ChFC is the founder of the Vogel Law Office and is licensed to practice law in the state of Georgia. Ms. Vogel has over seventeen years experience in the financial services industry, which serves to enhance her law practice in the areas of estate planning and administration, resolution of probate disputes, real estate litigation, and tax controversies. In addition to the practice of law, she arbitrates securities matters as a Panel Arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers – Dispute Resolution. Using her training as a Reconciler from Peacemaker Ministries, Ms. Vogel helps families and businesses resolve interrelational conflicts.

How To Market An Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice

Attorney Liability and § 521: Dismissal for Failure to File Required Documents

Mortgage Securitization, Servicing, and Consumer Bankruptcy

A Brief Primer on Fighting Predatory Lending Practices

Palm Integration with Tabs3 and PracticeMaster

Breaking News: Report on the Scope of Reasonable Inquiry in the New Bankruptcy Law

 Profile: O. Max Gardener, III, Business Law Author
Mr. Gardner received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1969 and graduated with high honors from the UNC School of Law in 1974. Among others, he was a member of the Law Review, President of the Student Bar Foundation and elected to the Order of the Coif. Following graduation, he served as law clerk to the Hon. William H. Bobbitt, the late Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, and to the Hon. William Copeland, an Associate Justice.

He opened a law practice in Shelby, NC in 1977 and currently limits his practice to consumer bankruptcy issues and related law.

Gardner was named the Outstanding Consumer Lawyer of 2004 by the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Lawyers and was elected a Member of the North Carolina Legal Elite by Business North Carolina in December of 2004. He is a long-time member of NACBA and NACA and a frequent national speaker on bankruptcy law and consumer representation.

Defending a Criminal Case

Effective Voir Dire

Subpoenas -- How To Make Them Stick

 Profile: Henry M. DeWoskin, Litigation Group Coordinator
Henry M. DeWoskin is a partner at the law firm of Alan E. DeWoskin, P.C. in St. Louis, Missouri. His practice consists of wills, estate planning, military law, probate, domestic relations, social security and general civil litigation. Henry holds multiple positions in the GP Solo & Small Firm Division and the YLD of the American Bar Association and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. In addition, he is a Major in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps in the United States Army Reserves. Henry received his B.A. from Bucknell University in 1992 and his J.D. from Temple University in 1996.

Dying to Get a Divorce?

Life Insurance and Divorce

No Service, No Divorce Case

Profile: David Wolfe, Family Law Group Newsletter Editor
 Mr. Wolfe is an associate in the litigation department of Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C. in Livingston, New Jersey, where he practices in the real property valuation group, the family law group and in the general litigation group. Mr. Wolfe was formerly an associate in the litigation department at the law firm of Davis Polk and Wardwell in New York.

Mr. Wolfe holds multiple positions in the American Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association. He currently serves as the Editor of the ABA GP Solo Online Newsletter for Family Law, Juvenile Law and Elder law and is a member of the ABA YLD’s National Conference Team. He is also the Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Committee on Real Property Tax and Procedure.

Mr. Wolfe received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2002 and graduated with honors from Cornell University in 1998.

10 Things Landlords Should Know About Fair Housing

20 Important Steps for a Real Estate Closing

The New Bankruptcy Reform Act And Some Changes To The Automatic Stay Of Interest To Real Estate Practitioners

 Profile: Kristi Bunge, Real Estate Author
Kristi Bunge is a partner with the law firm of Springman, Braden, Wilson & Pontius, PC in Denver, Colorado, a firm that handles more than 500 evictions each month. Ms Bunge focuses on representing landlords in eviction and collection matters. Ms Bunge also represents property managers and Associations, advising them on Community Association issues.

Book Review: The First Trial in a Nutshell: Where Do I Sit? What Do I Say?

Announcing the GPSolo Law Student Mentoring Certificate Program

Student Writers

Announcing a publication opportunity for students! Share your summer clerkship experience. Convert that legal memo into scholarly essay. Explore an undeveloped area of law. The sky’s the limit, so long as the article pertains to the legal profession. Articles should range from 500 to 2,000 words in length. Preference will be given to pieces that are particularly germane to law students. Want to write but unsure about a topic, contact Alan Fowler, one of our co-editors, to get assistance in brainstorming ideas. Don’t wait, take advantage of this opportunity today!

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