A service of the ABA General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division
July 2006
Volume 2, Number 4
In this issue...

Dear Division Member: 

Below is the Summer 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 highlights some emerging areas such as the new Bankruptcy amendments, some interesting checklists to use in family cases and real estate issues as well as use of e-discovery in medical malpractice issues and many more. Thus, I am delighted to attach your Summer edition of Law Trends.

With this issue, Law Trends is now two years old. We hope you agree that with each edition, Law Trends continues to provide meaningful articles for each of you and continues to improve. We trust that this edition, like the others, 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.  Also, I want to personally thank Doug Knapp for his work in getting Law Trends to you.  Doug has accepted a new position within the ABA and we wish him good luck in his new position.

I hope each of you enjoy this issue of Law Trends. Next year, 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 annual meeting in Hawaii.

Best regards, 

Dwight L. Smith , Chair 

Business Law

Bankruptcy Debtors: Who Are You?

Welcome To The Blogosphere
A Primer for Business Lawyers

Business Protection Tips (For lawyers, judges and others)
PART 1: The Telephone

Fantasy Meets Reality: Examining Ownership Rights In Player Statistics

Improving Your Work Product: Essential Word Skills for Lawyers

Personal Protection Tips (For lawyers, judges and others)

Salient Points on Tax Treatment Under the Half-Act Code Consumer Provisions General Categories of New Requirements

U.S. Resources In International Food Law

 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

Coordinating Retirement Accounts With Estate Planning 101
(What every estate planner needs to know)

The Durable Power of Attorney

What Every Estate Planner Must Know About Charitable Transfers

Practical Considerations in Choosing a Representative

Ten Estate Planning Ideas For A Divorced Or Separated Persons

Undue Influence As Defense To Will Or Power Of Attorney (New Jersey)

Using Trusts To Settle Lawsuits

Wills And Estate Planning
"Save Money And Provide For Your Loved Ones"

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 reviewsand 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

Domestic Violence Trials Conducting the Initial Client Interview

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.


A Quick Test To Assess The Legality Of Firing An At-Will Employee

Working With Computer Forensics Experts — Uncovering Data You Didn't Know Existed Can Help Make Your Case

Managing Cooperation While Minimizing Exposure:
As Courts Tighten The Noose On The Selective Waiver Doctrine,
Congress May Extend A Lifeline

How To Implement Electronic Medical Records Retrieval In Your Firm

How To Send Learned Treatises To The Jury Room

 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

Checklist for Commercial Leases

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