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Free public records searches may end up costing time and money

Feb 16, 2017 By: Jeremy Byellin

Whether investigating a party or witness in anticipation of trial, attempting to verify an individual’s identity, or simply conducting exploratory research before

The Benefits of Researching a Potential Defendant Ahead of Time

Feb 15, 2017 By: Jeremy Byellin

Investigating an opposing defendant is critical, in both criminal and civil contexts.  Even prior to the filing of the legal matter, knowing

Can public records help locate a missing witness?

Feb 14, 2017 By: Jeremy Byellin

In the chess game of litigation, witnesses are often some of the most important pieces on the board.  Their testimony can protect

Secondary Sources on Westlaw: Start stronger, finish faster

Feb 13, 2017 By: Teri Kruk

Primary sources tell you what the law is, but Secondary Sources give you the why, when, where, if and how of the

Phantom Stock Plans for Private, Closely-held Companies

Feb 13, 2017 By: Dan Hogans

Top performers who believe in a company’s future often want to be compensated with equity.  But owners of closely-held businesses may be

FIRM CENTRAL + WESTLAW GLOBAL SEARCH = MAJOR ADVANTAGES

Feb 13, 2017 By: Colin Peterson

The never-ending need to do more with less Everyone in the legal profession is experiencing what has been called “the new legal

Louisiana underfunds, understaffs and overworks public defenders, class action claims

Feb 10, 2017 By: Michael Scott Leonard

A group of law firms and civil rights organizations has filed a proposed class action accusing Louisiana of funding public defenders at

Evolution of the Legal Department in Financial Services – Discovered Trends

Feb 7, 2017 By: Anthony DiMatteo

Technology can make our lives easier, but for most attorneys it can be a real hurdle to adopt and trust new technology.

Topical Roundup: Tobacco Litigation

Feb 7, 2017 By: Jean Sica

Tobacco litigation continues to return huge plaintiff awards. Today’s smoker may gravitate toward “natural” cigarettes (see Are ‘natural’ cigarette smokers being misled?) and/or e-cigarettes, but

‘The Edge of 2017: Research and Efficiency Tips for the New Year’

Feb 1, 2017 By: Jared Correia

Editor’s note: Jared Correia is a paid guest blogger. Although the practice of law has changed a great deal in the past

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