A service of the ABA General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division
February 2006
Volume 2, Number 2
In this issue...

Dear Division Member: 

Below is the winter issue of Law Trends. As with prior issues, this e-newsletter includes articles, checklists, and other valuable practice information and practical tips, all from each of our substantive practice areas in the Division. This issue also includes some new areas, being articles written by law students and also some articles on ethics issues. This issue also includes articles some in-depth analysis of the new bankruptcy law revisions, checklists for easement matters and many more. Thus, I am delighted to attach your Winter 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 the list of articles included. 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 issue 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 Law Trends to you.

I hope each of you enjoy this issue of Law Trends. The publication will continue quarterly this year and we hope will continue to be a continuing 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 the Mid-Year meeting in Chicago later this week. Otherwise, I'll look forward to seeing you at the Division's Spring meeting in Kansas City.

Best regards, 


Dwight L. Smith , Chair 


Business Law

Are Attorneys “Debt Relief Agencies” under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005?

Managing Adversity in Business

How to Take Control of Your Practice by Creating Vision and Mission Statements

Workers' Compensation For The General Practitioner

Selling Food in the European Union

 Profile: Scott Laufenberg, Business Law Group Coordinator
Scott received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, and he received his J.D. and a master’s degree in public administration from Drake University. After clerking for the Kentucky Court of Appeals upon graduation, he currently practices with the firm of Kerrick, Stivers & Coyle, P.L.C. in Bowling Green, KY. He is also an adjunct professor at Western Kentucky University where he teaches an upper-level course on legal principles to students pursuing degrees in business-related majors.


Estate Planning

Creating A Family Foundation

What Estate Lawyers Need To Know About HIPAA And "Protected Health Information”

Joint Revocable Trusts: New Flexibility in an Old Form

Profile: David Lefton, Estate & Financial Planning Group Coordinator
 David H. Lefton is a founding member of Hardin, Lefton, Lazarus & Marks, LLC. He is licensed to practice law in the state of Ohio and concentrates his practice on estate planning and probate.

Mr. Lefton is actively involved in the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA). In addition to serving as group coordinator for the Estate and Financial Planning Group, Mr. Lefton is also involved with the Solo Day Annual Meeting and the Financial Management Committee.

In Ohio, Mr. Lefton is the current chair of the Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Section of the OSBA. On this Board, he has served as chair of continuing legal education programs sponsored by the Board, has planned educational programs for the continuing education of lawyers in Ohio and has chaired the Ohio Economic and Technology Survey of attorneys throughout the state.

Mr. Lefton is also one of his county representatives on the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Board of Governors for the OSBA. This Board reviews and proposes legislation on topics that effect estate planning and probate in the state of Ohio.

Mr. Lefton has also served as a speaker at numerous CLE seminars on the subject of estate planning and probate. In conjunction with the seminars, he has prepared reference materials for attorneys to use and refer to in their law practice.


Family Law

Business Valuation Standards
What Do They Mean to You?

Domestic Asset Protection Trusts: An Alternative to Prenuptial Agreements  

The Benefits and Pitfalls of Representing Nontraditional Clients in Family Law, Estate and Civil Matters

When Silver and Golden Year Tarnish
Divorce Involving the Older Client: The Key Issues


Litigation

ADR Cost
Getting Paid: What You Need to Know About Neutrals' Compensation

Litigating On A Shoestring

The Obligation to Preserve Electronic Evidence

Tips on How to Make it Through Trial

Profile: Jonothan Wolfe, Litigation Law Group Newsletter Editor
 Mr. Wolfe, who joined the Skoloff & Wolfe litigation department in 2003, handles a wide variety of complex litigation for individuals, partnerships and corporate clients in state and federal court. Prior to joining Skoloff & Wolfe, Mr. Wolfe was a member of the litigation department at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York City. Mr. Wolfe is a member of the ABA House of Delegates, Chairs the Family Law Committee for GP Solo, and holds numerous other positions in the ABA and the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Mr. Wolfe received his J.D. from New York University School of Law and graduated from Cornell University with honors. Mr. Wolfe is admitted to the Bars of the State of New Jersey, New York, the United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey and the Southern District of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Tax Court.


Real Estate

15 Things to Remember in Drafting Real Property Easements
An Easement Checklist

Need House Work?
Tips on Choosing the Right Contractor


Law Student Corner

The Top Five Reasons to Clerk for the Department of Justice, United States Attorney’s Office

The Best Things About Clerking for a Solo Practitioner or Small Firm

Yes Virginia, Law Can be Learned On-Line

 Alan Fowler is the Law Student Division Liaison to GP|Solo. Alan is a third-year student at Mercer University School of Law. He was recently commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy, where he will serve as a JAG Officer following graduation.


Ethics

Conflict-Checking Systems:
Three Great (and Cheap) Ways to Effectively Manage Conflict Checking

Planning For Disaster –Ethically

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