A service of the ABA General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division
May 2005
Volume 1, Number 3
In this issue...

Dear Section Member: 

Below is the Spring edition of  GP|Solo Law Trends & News. This e-newsletter is the product of each of our substantive practice areas and contains articles, checklists and other valuable substantive, practical tips and information of benefit to the members of our Section. I am very pleased to report that it has been very warmly received by the members of the Section and we have received many, many notes and emails about how wonderful an addition it is to the Section's on-line publications. 

Like the fall and winter issues, this one contains many timely articles, checklists and practical tips on topics of importance to our members. They include topics on new laws and timely issue as well as tips for your help and assistance. We hope they are helpful to you in your daily practice. I strongly urge each of you to take a few moments to read the wonderful work here. Of course, they are yours to download and keep as a reference for the future. As you will also notice, we have added the picture and biography of many of those integrally involved in putting this e-newsletter together. Without their hard work and assistance, none of this could be possible.  Also, as a new feature, you have the option of either printing each article separately or there is a link below so you can print the entire newsletter as a .pdf document and then print it out for reading all of the articles at a later time when you are away from your computer. 

As I mentioned in the Fall, this e-newsletter will continue to come out quarterly. The next one will be distributed shortly before the Annual meeting. If you are interested in writing an article for it, please contact Jim Schwartz at attyjls@aol.com. Jim is the Coordinator for our Section's five Substantive Group Newsletter Editors and 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.  I know that Jim is always seeking new writers and is willing to work with volunteers in submitting articles. 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. 

On behalf of the entire Section, I want to thank all of those involved in this project, especially, once again, Doug Knapp, our Section's Staff Technology Coordinator. Many hours were spent by the authors, editors and staff in bringing this to you.  But, without Doug's help in putting on the website, this would not be a reality.  I hope you enjoy it and that it is helpful to you. Please let us know your thoughts about it.  I hope those of you who attended the Spring meeting in Miami enjoyed it and I look forward to seeing each of you in the near future. 

Best regards, 

Lee S. Kolczun, Chair 

Estate Planning
Estate Planning Malpractice: Special Issues in Need of Special Care

Financial Planning:
Summary Checklist For Financial Planning For An Elderly Client

Mediating Probate Disputes

Checklist For Fiduciary Income Tax Pick-Ups

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.

On The Drawing Board: New ADA Access Rules

An Overview of Opportunities (and Pitfalls) in the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits Program

Toxic Torts: An Overview

Profile: Kathleen Hopkins, Real Estate Committee Chair
 Kathleen Hopkins is a founding member of the Seattle, Washington law firm: Real Property Law Group, PLLC. Kathleen limits her practice to commercial real property transactions, finance, commercial leasing and related bankruptcy issues. She is a frequent speaker and writer on real property, leasing, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights issues. She is the mother of two boys, Neil (22) and Ian (13) and spends her free time as the manager of Ian’s soccer team.

Collaborative Law – The Potential Downside Of The Latest Trend In Marital Dissolution

Driving and the Older Adult

Understanding the Four C's of Elder Law Ethics

Profile: Richard A. DeMichele Jr., Family Law Group Coordinator
 Richard A. DeMichele Jr. is a shareholder of DeMichele & DeMichele, P.C. in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He practices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in the area of family law including divorce, child support, child custody, and domestic violence. Rick is a graduate of Villanova Law School and Rutgers University College of Engineering. Rick and his wife, Sharon, live in Haddonfield, New Jersey with their daughter Amanda.

Decoding 'The Black Box' with Expert Advice

Direct And Cross-Examination: A Different Perspective?

Toward More Successful Mediation

Profile: William H. Wilhoit, Litigation Group Coordinator
 William H. Wilhoit of Grayson, Kentucky, graduated in 1992 from the UK College Of Law. In 1999 he chaired the Kentucky Young Lawyers Section, and was the ABA YLD’s Meetings Coordinator in 2002. Will now works with the GP Solo Section as the Litigation Group Coordinator and with the Corporate Sponsorship Committee. Will was elected to the Kentucky Bar Association’s Board of Governors in 2005. He is a fifth generation attorney andhas a small firm that focuses on personal injury and general litigation. www.wilhoitlaw.com.

Case Management Systems: Practical Tips for Implementation Success

Processing An Insurance Claim

Avoiding the Hammer of a Spoliation Inference: Preservation of Electronic Communications

Registering a Federal Trademark

 Profile: Michael E. Adler , Business Law Group Newsletter Author
Michael E. Adler, Esquire, is an associate at Blank Rome LLP in Philadelphia. Mr. Adler concentrates his practice on litigation & dispute resolution, e-commerce and telecommunications issues, and appellate advocacy. He is a member of the Litigation and Antitrust Sections of the American Bar Association and the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Mr. Adler received his Juris Doctor from Temple University School of Law, Magna Cum Laude, in 1998 and his Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University, With Honors, in 1995.

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