October 01, 2011

Ready Resources: Ready Resources for Home

Searching for additional resources on home offices, home insurance, or any other home-related topics? Take a look at the ABA publications and CLE packages below, and check out the helpful links to website resources hosted by the GPSolo Division and the ABA. To order any of the products listed below, call the ABA Service Center at 800/285-2221 or visit our website.

Being Prepared: A Lawyer’s Guide for Dealing with Disability or Unexpected Events

By Lloyd D. Cohen and Debra Hart Cohen (ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; 2008; PC 5150423; $104.95; GPSolo member price $89.95)

This essential guide will help you protect your law practice against casualty or other unexpected events. It is a “how to” workbook designed to lead you through a series of active and immediate steps aimed at establishing your protection plan.


Current Issues in Mortgage Foreclosures (Online Course)

By Christopher Brown, Amy Clark Kleinpeter, and Kenneth Yudell (ABA Center for CLE, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; 2010; PC CET10CIMI; $129; ABA member price $109; GPSolo member price $89)

This panel discusses the latest in mortgage foreclosure defense and how you can use these defenses to protect your clients and their assets. Also available in CD and MP3 formats. Running time: 89 minutes; credit hours: 1.50.


Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples

By Joan M. Burda (ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; 2004; PC 5150294; $59; GPSolo member price $49)

This book, winner of a 2005 Benjamin Franklin Award, provides estate planning lawyers with an introduction to the issues faced by lesbian and gay clients. Also provided are forms and documents on CD-ROM that lesbian and gay clients need to prepare as part of a complete estate plan.


Are You Ready? What Lawyers Need to Know about Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery (DVD Package)

By Ernest B. Abbott et al. (ABA Center for CLE, Section of State and Local Government Law; 2005; PC V05AYRDVD; $25)

This documentary-style video program addresses key legal issues in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. It brings together lawyers and other experts from around the nation with experience in responding to catastrophic events.


Clearing Title in Katrina’s Wake (Downloadable Article)

By Kenneth A. Weiss (ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law; 2006; PC 54302002005PDFA06; $19.95; ABA member price $14.95)

Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, thousands of victims have required legal help to negotiate insurance checks and clear titles so their family homes can be sold or refinanced to pay for needed repairs. This article examines the issues involved and explores how lawyers can assist clients under these difficult circumstances.


Foreclosure Defense: A Practical Litigation Guide

By Rebecca A. Taylor (ABA Book Publishing; 2011; PC 1620473; $129.95; ABA member price $99.95)

Citing the most recent and developing cases, this book focuses on a number of issues raised in recent law and news, as well as the predominant recurring issues. The book also includes a comprehensive CD of sample forms, motions, notices, etc.


Lawyers Working to End Homelessness

(ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty; 2006; PC 4180012; $17.95)

With contributions from a broad range of lawyers, judges, law students, and service providers, this comprehensive book speaks to all readers who are interested in using their skills to help those who are often overlooked or ignored.


Representing Insureds in a Catastrophe (Downloadable Article)

By Barry Zalma (ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section; 2006; PC 51901004103PDFA02; $19.95; ABA member price $14.95)

Litigation should be the last resort in any insurance disputes stemming from widespread disaster. The author suggests how lawyers can keep their clients out of court and on the path to recovery.


Runaway and Homeless Youth and the Law: Model State Statutes

Edited by Katie Meyer, Amy E. Horton-Newell, and Casey Trupin (ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty; 2009; PC 4180014; $14.95)

This unique publication provides guidance for policy makers, advocates, attorneys, and service providers on how state laws can assist homeless and runaway youth. The comprehensive resource provides not only model statutes, but also background information and research to provide context for each issue.


Staying at Home, Staying in the Law: A Guide to Remaining Active in the Legal Profession While Pursuing Your Dreams

By Julie Tower-Pierce (ABA Book Publishing; 2008; PC 1620389; $49.95; ABA member price $44.95)

Julie Tower-Pierce challenges the traditional view of the legal profession as “either you’re in or you’re out” and explains how to “stay at home” while keeping your foot in the door of legal practice.


The Significance of the Transfer-on-Death Deed (Downloadable Article)

By Michael A. Kirtland and Catherine Anne Seal (ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law; 2007; PC 54302002104PDFA04; $19.95; ABA member price $14.95)

Although transfer-on-death deeds provide an inexpensive alternative to probate in the growing number of states that recognize them, estate planners need to be aware of the potential pitfalls that may result from their use. This article provides an overview.


Title Insurance: A Comprehensive Overview, Third Edition

By James L. Gosdin (ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law; 2007; PC 5430471; $149.95)

This updated and expanded new edition provides practical tools and information for real estate attorneys who need to understand title insurance coverage and who want to secure the optimum coverage for their clients.


2011 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide

By Sharon D. Nelson, John W. Simek, and Michael C. Maschke (ABA Law Practice Management Section; 2010; PC 5110716; $89.95)

This annual guide is the only one of its kind written to help solo and small firm lawyers find the best technology for their dollar. You’ll find the most current recommendations on computers, servers, networking equipment, legal software, printers, security products, smartphones, the iPad, and anything else a law office might need.


Virtual Law Practice: How to Deliver Legal Services Online

By Stephanie L. Kimbro (ABA Law Practice Management Section; 2010; PC 5110707; $79.95)

This practical guide also provides case studies of individual virtual law practices along with client scenarios to show how web-based technology may be used by legal professionals to work with online clients and avoid malpractice risks.


GPSolo Division Links

Home Is Where the Debt Is,” by William E. Maddox Jr., GPSolo magazine, July/August 2011.

Setting Up a Home Office,” by Jeffrey Allen, GPSolo magazine, January/February 2007.

Resources Page, featuring links to resources on liability insurance, practice management aids, and more.

Start and Run a Law Firm research page.

Virtual Offices Help Small Firms Play Bigger,” by Guillermo Rotman, GPSolo magazine, April/May 2009.


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Other Links from the ABA

Commission on Homelessness and Poverty

Law Practice Management Section, Technology for Solos and Small Firms Page

Legal Technology Resource Center

Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section

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