A service of the ABA General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division
April 2006
Volume 2, Number 3
In this issue...

Dear Division Member: 

Below is the Spring 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 an article about the differences between "Outlook" and "Practice Management Software" as well as an article about the importance of e-discovery as it pertains to Solo and Small Firm Practitioners. This issue also includes articles providing new in-depth analysis of major changes in the bankruptcy law, checklists for domestic relation cases, a checklist for same-sex estate planning and many more. Thus, I am delighted to attach your Spring edition of Law Trends.

Law Trends is almost two years old. Each edition continues to provide meaningful articles for each of you. 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. Their hard work and dedication are certainly present. 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 and we hope you continue to find it as a source of valuable information. If you are interested in either writing an article for the summer issue or participating in the production of the newsletter or are interested in getting involved in any way, please contact Jim Schwartz, at attyjls@aol.com. Jim can direct you to the proper practice area 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. 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 Division's Spring meeting in Kansas City.

Best regards, 

Dwight L. Smith , Chair 

Business Law

Individual Chapter 7 and 13 Checklist

Enhancing Your Expert Witness:
Impressively Introducing Your Expert

Lawyers To the Rescue

Marketing Through Good Business Practices

Who Is a Debt Relief Agency Under the Bankruptcy Reform Act

 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

How Clients Can Organize Their Affairs

What Can a Client Do With a Trust?

Advising Same-Sex Couples

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.

Family Law

The Divorce Client’s Notebook

10 Early Signs Your Client's Going To Lose Custody

Temporary Fee Awards

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.


How To Become An Agent For Change In Your Law Firm

Document Spoliation: How To Lose Your Case Before You Get To Court

How to Send Learned Treatises to The Jury Room

How To Rat Out A Client And Live To Tell About It

E-discovery for the Solo or Small Firm Practitioner – what you need to know and why

How Practice Management Software is Different from Outlook

 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.

Real Estate

12 Ways to Foul Up a Real Estate Transaction

Don’t Be A Victim Of Predatory Lending

What Every Lawyer Needs To Know About Real Estate Leases:
A Jargon Glossary

 Profile: Evan L. Loeffler, Author
Evan Loeffler is of counsel to the Seattle law firm of Harrison, Benis & Spence, LLP, where his practice emphasizes landlord-tenant relations and real estate litigation. He received his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1994. He is the author of the chapter on landlord-tenant law and the co-author of the chapter on mobile home landlord-tenant law in the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual. He frequently lectures on the subject on ethics and landlord-tenant law for realtors, lawyers, apartment owners and tenants, and is on the faculty for several CLE programs. 

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