Trusts and Estates

  • Technology today's tech

    Small Law Firms, Solo Practitioners, Technology, Trusts and Estates

    Today’s Tech: An Estate-Planning Attorney And His Macs

    Just because you’re a lawyer doesn’t mean you’re required to use a PC instead of a Mac.

    12 Comments / / Oct 16, 2014 at 11:10 AM
  • trademark

    Barack Obama, Basketball, Intellectual Property, Job Searches, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Patents, Politics, Trademarks, Trusts and Estates

    Morning Docket: 07.31.14

    * “We’re in uncharted waters.” Following a split vote down party lines, the House of Representatives authorized Speaker Boehner to move ahead with his lawsuit against President Obama. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * “Vultures! Don’t take our pound of flesh.” Despite last-minute settlement talks, it seems Argentina has defaulted on its debt for the second time in 13 years. Oopsie! [DealBook / New York Times]

    * The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has added 19 additional schools to its law school clinic certification pilot program. IP is hot right now, so congrats if your school made the cut. [USPTO.gov]

    * What are some of the pros of working before going to law school? Well, if you can’t get a job after you graduate, you can go back to your old field, so that’s a plus. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    * California probate attorneys’ hearts were all aflutter following Shelly Sterling’s win against her husband, specifically because of the new precedents the Clippers case left in its wake. [National Law Journal]

    1 Comment / / Jul 31, 2014 at 9:16 AM
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Celebrities, Department of Justice, Kids, Lateral Moves, Law Schools, LSAT, Morning Docket, Munger Tolles & Olson, Solicitor General's Office, Trials, Trusts and Estates

    Morning Docket: 07.22.14

    * From Big Government to Biglaw: Our congratulations go out to Benjamin Horwich, most recently of the Office of the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice, as he joins Munger Tolles & Olson as counsel. Nice work. [Munger Tolles & Olson]

    * The number of law school applicants took a nose dive for the fourth year in a row, this time by 8 percent, summarily crushing the hopes and dreams of law deans praying for a change of their otherwise most dismal fortunes. [National Law Journal]

    * Considering the latest slump in applicants, whether a law school evaluates your average LSAT score or highest LSAT score matters little. Admissions officers will jump for joy that you have a pulse. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    * “You don’t have to convict on every count to have a win.” Azamat Tazhayakov, friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was convicted of obstruction and conspiracy to obstruct justice. [Bloomberg]

    * Per documents filed by a lawyer appointed to represent Philip Seymour Hoffman’s children, the actor didn’t set aside money for them because he didn’t want them to become “trust fund kids.” [New York Post]

    1 Comment / / Jul 22, 2014 at 9:05 AM
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    Trusts and Estates

    On Remand: Of Sound Mind And Memory?

    The long, twisted tale of the Howard Hughes estate.

    3 Comments / / Apr 10, 2014 at 12:02 PM
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    Education / Schools, International Law, Non-Sequiturs, Trusts and Estates

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.07.13

    * With all the focus on law schools, medical schools are quietly dropping the last year of schooling. If they can cut out a year of learning how to keep people alive, we can drop a year of learning Jane Austen and the Law. [The Atlantic]

    * MoFo lost a T&E team to Shartsis Friese. Hmm…. Maybe Shartsis should put ego aside and let Friese have his day in the sun. [Am Law Daily]

    * Congrats to Bayan Alzahran, the first licensed female lawyer in Saudi Arabia. Soon she’ll be valiantly trying to keep people from being stoned to death with the best of them. [Al Arabiya]

    * Good news, recovering criminals! As we mentioned earlier today (ninth link), mug shot extortion sites are getting whipped by Google. [Not-So Private Parts / Forbes]

    * God needs a lawyer in federal district court? Paging Roy Cohn. [Forbes]

    * If you’re interested in international law, International Law Weekend is coming up. Maybe Vladimir Putin will show up and learn a thing or two. [International Law Students Association]

    1 Comment / / Oct 7, 2013 at 5:07 PM
  • Lex Luthor celebrates his purchase of the Washington Post

    Craigslist, Defamation, Eminent Domain, Facebook, Free Speech, Job Searches, Jury Duty, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Technology, Trusts and Estates, Twittering

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.15.13

    * The Washington Post’s website was hacked by supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in what was apparently supposed to be a coordinated attack on Western media outlets. This marks the second time in 10 days that the Post has been brutally taken over by Internet geeks. [Washington Post]

    * An 18-year-old girl took to Facebook to suggest that a 15-year-old girl has herpes. She was convicted of harassment. Putting aside all the hand-wringing over cyberbullying and the First Amendment, what kind of loser Senior is feeling threatened by a Sophomore? [IT-Lex]

    * New Mexico’s Supreme Court would like to remind everybody that “not speaking English” is not an acceptable method of escaping jury duty. So stop practicing Klingon to get out of your jury summons. [FedSoc Blog]

    * The Eminent Domain issues surrounding building a giant wall to keep out the giant inter-dimensional monsters from Pacific Rim. I’ll be damned if they obstruct the view from my beach house just because a 10-story hellbeast is sauntering out of the water! [Law and the Multiverse]

    * Screwing around on a laptop during class can lead to as much as an 11 percent decline in attentiveness. It was so much easier to pay attention when we just had pen and paper and spent the whole class playing Dots and Boxes. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Mississippi police are on the hunt for someone managing a parody Twitter account mocking a couple of local politicians. Congratulations Mississippi! You’ve solved all the other crime problems and can turn to stroking the egos of butthurt politicians. [The Daily Dolt]

    * Are you interested in being a trusts & estates lawyer in the Bay Area? Are you interested in making about $5/hr? Then we’ve got the firm for you! Screenshot after the jump in case this link gets taken down…

    1 Comment / / Aug 15, 2013 at 5:12 PM
  • 325 West 52nd Street 1

    Fabulosity, Lawyerly Lairs, Media and Journalism, Money, New Yorker, Real Estate, Trusts and Estates

    Lawyerly Lairs: Sixth-Year Associate Snags Seven-Figure Pad

    How many sixth-year associates can afford $2 million apartments?

    19 Comments / / Aug 9, 2013 at 5:39 PM
  • Christine Beshar Cravath Swaine Moore

    Biglaw, Bloomberg, Feminism, Gender, General Counsel, Kids, Partner Issues, Trusts and Estates, Videos, Women's Issues, YouTube

    Mother-at-Law: Cravath’s First Woman Partner

    A working mother’s journey from switchboard operator to law librarian to Cravath partner.

    5 Comments / / May 7, 2013 at 4:42 PM
  • Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Family Law, Guns / Firearms, Non-Sequiturs, Trusts and Estates

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.02.13

    * If an armed society is a polite society, then Nelson, Georgia has the most polite motherf**kers in the country. [Constitutional Daily]

    * Professor X is breaking the law? You know, he really should have seen that coming… [Law and the Multiverse]

    * Speaking of people who should have seen it coming, Dionne Warwick, former spokesperson for the Psychic Friends Network, has filed for bankruptcy. [Celeb Legal Issues]

    * Incest is best when kept in the family. So go ahead and adopt your girlfriend. [Lowering the Bar]

    * “Your Honor, I’d like my dong stricken from the record.” [OC Weekly]

    * A slick recap of how completely screwed the legal industry is right now. [Adam Smith, Esq.]

    * On a personal note, as a debate coach myself, congratulations to everyone involved with the Emporia State debate team for becoming the first team ever to win both national championship tournaments (by way of analogy the “U.S. Open” and “The Masters”) for the same year. [Associated Press]

    5 Comments / / Apr 2, 2013 at 5:46 PM
  • 'They tried to make me go to rehab, and I said... sure, it's better than jail!'

    American Bar Association / ABA, Antonin Scalia, Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Civil Rights, Department of Justice, Election Law, Federal Government, Gay, Gay Marriage, Gender, Labor / Employment, Lindsay Lohan, Loeb & Loeb, Money, Morning Docket, Paul Clement, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Ted Olson, Trusts and Estates, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 03.19.13

    * President Obama nominated Thomas Perez, the head of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, to be the next secretary of labor. Republicans, of course, are all butthurtt, calling this a “needlessly divisive nomination.” [New York Times]

    * Let’s get ready to RUMBLE! Be prepared to see some legal heavyweights next week when the Prop 8 and DOMA cases are argued before the Supreme Court, including Paul Clement and Ted Olson. [National Law Journal]

    * How appropriate that Justice Scalia should break out the Spanglish for an Arizona voter registration law that requires proof of U.S. citizenship. Our beloved Wise Latina probably wasn’t too thrilled by this. [New York Times]

    * To promote pay equity in law firms, the ABA is encouraging bar groups to hold conferences on the topic. The question on everyone’s minds, of course, is whether those conferences are billable. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Law schools aren’t the only places where transparency is lacking. Jeh Johnson, the DOD’s former general counsel, thinks the secrecy swirling around drone strikes is bad for the government. [At War / New York Times]

    * The members of Debevoise’s displaced trusts and estates practice team have been picked up by Loeb & Loeb. Enjoy your new home, and your new — presumably lower — compensation package. [Am Law Daily]

    * Lindsay Lohan took a plea deal yesterday, and instead of going to jail, she’ll be going to rehab to be kept under lock and key for 90 days. I’d say this is bad for her career, but who are we kidding? [Los Angeles Times]

    * Casey Anthony’s trustee just answered my prayers. He wants the ex-MILF to sell her story to pay off her debts. I demand that LiLo be cast in the role! She’s the only one broken enough to pull it off. [Washington Post]

    4 Comments / / Mar 19, 2013 at 9:05 AM
  • Close up of a Will

    Biglaw, Money, Partner Issues, Trusts and Estates

    Debevoise Ditches Its Trusts and Estates Practice

    What prompted this move? And what will happen to the associates?

    11 Comments / / Feb 6, 2013 at 12:03 PM
  • Beautiful female college student doing an exam

    Biglaw, Money, Morning Docket, Murder, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, Pepper Hamilton, State Judges, Trusts and Estates

    Morning Docket: 02.06.13

    * Oh my God, Debevoise & Plimpton is dropping its entire trusts and estates practice. Was the economy the cause? What about the eight newly unemployed lawyers? And most importantly, what would Josh Lyman’s father think?! [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Major props go out to everyone at O’Melveny & Myers for hitting an all-time high in terms of both profits per partner ($2.06 million) and revenues per lawyer ($1.1 million). Here’s hoping the bonus situation reflected those incredible numbers. [Am Law Daily]

    * We probably should’ve known when Pepper Hamilton acquired the Freeh Group back in August that exciting things would happen. Say hello to Louis Freeh, the firm’s new chair. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Are we supposed to be surprised that the Millennials who are considering applying to law school are more self-confident than those who preceded them? They’re all special little snowflakes! [National Law Journal]

    * If you’re taking the LSAT on Saturday, here are some tricks to keep yourself focused. But don’t worry, it’s only one of the most important tests you’ll ever take. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * Sorry, George Zimmerman, but even though you’re poor, your trial isn’t going to be delayed. Perhaps Judge Nelson made this announcement to serve as a poetic birthday present for Trayvon Martin. [Orlando Sentinel]

    2 Comments / / Feb 6, 2013 at 9:01 AM
  • lottery

    Gambling, Litigators, New Jersey, Trusts and Estates

    Follow The Bouncing Balls

    Lotteries are life-changing for winners, but can become part of an attorney’s livelihood

    6 Comments / / Dec 5, 2012 at 4:02 PM
  • A 43-year-old trust fund baby?

    Cozen O'Connor, Defamation, Kids, Law Schools, Lawsuit of the Day, Litigators, Trusts and Estates, Vicious Infighting, Weirdness

    Lawsuit of the Day: A ‘Big-Shot’ Lawyer Sues His Trust-Fund-Having Daughter — for Defamation?

    A prominent Manhattan lawyer is suing his own daughter — for libel. Throw a seven-figure trust fund into the mix, and we have ourselves a Lawsuit of the Day….

    12 Comments / / Oct 24, 2012 at 4:13 PM
  • Litigators, Pro Bono, Small Law Firms, Trusts and Estates

    Size Matters: Get Attention for the Right Reasons

    When doing research for her columns, Valerie Katz spends a lot of time thinking about how small-firm attorneys can get the right kind of attention. Here is a case study about a small-firm attorney who did just that….

    25 Comments / / Nov 10, 2011 at 5:01 PM
  • Advertising, Biglaw, Career Center, Holidays and Seasons, Intellectual Property, Shameless Plugs, This Is an Ad, Trusts and Estates

    Career Center Survey Results: Who Labored on Labor Day?

    Almost half (48%) of Career Center survey respondents said they were too busy billing on the Labor Day holiday to fire up the barbie. That’s more than the 35% of survey respondents who reported working on the Fourth of July, but less than the 73% of respondents who worked on Presidents’ Day, and the 66% […]

    / / Sep 8, 2011 at 4:33 PM
  • Bar Exams, Biglaw, Job Searches, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Pets, Texas, Trusts and Estates, Twittering

    Morning Docket: 08.16.11

    * Led by Cleary and Wachtell, five Biglaw firms were involved in the $12.5B Google/Motorola deal. Talk about a total prestige orgy. [Am Law Daily] * Casey Anthony will be appealing her check fraud probation order in Florida. WHERE’S THE JUSTICE FOR THAT GIRL’S CHECKING ACCOUNT!!?!? [CNN] * Those pushing for a law school at […]

    16 Comments / / Aug 16, 2011 at 9:17 AM
  • Biglaw, Deaths, Money, Partner Issues, Pro Bono, Public Interest, Trusts and Estates

    How Much Was Joe Flom Worth? Some Clues From His Will

    Back in February, Joseph Flom — name partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and one of the nation’s most successful and prominent lawyers — passed away, at the age of 87. During his life, Flom earned well-deserved renown as an attorney, philanthropist, and mentor. He was also a wonderful father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, […]

    53 Comments / / Apr 18, 2011 at 7:42 PM

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