Lawyering

Steinbrenner family might face tax battle

July 15, 2010

ESPN, the self-proclaimed worldwide leader in sports, posted an article titled Family of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner might face tax battle – ESPN New York. As my loyal reader(s) may recall, this is something I touched on a few months ago in a short post which was cleverly titled: Certainties: Death – Yes, […]

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Seatbelt Laws Suck

May 29, 2010

Over Memorial Day weekend law enforcement across the country took part in the “click it or ticket” campaign, issuing tickets to unbuckled motorists. Why is it the government’s job to protect me from myself? I have no problem with laws that penalize adults who fail to buckle children. If I am in an accident and […]

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After You Clean Your Desk, Clean Your Office (and Your Computer)

May 19, 2010

Lawyerist.com seems to have a theme going. Today I read Improve Your Practice with an Uncluttered Office which also referenced the clean desk article I previously discussed. One point of the article is that clutter wastes time and the author states that “Even “paperless” offices can have computer clutter, making it difficult to find a […]

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Desk: Clean It Off or Pile It Up?

May 14, 2010

I admit it, I have mild anal-retentive, obsessive-compulsive tendencies. I had to travel out of town yesterday and today for court and as entertainment for the drive I listened some podcasts from the David Allen Company on Getting Things Done. When I got back to my office I read a post by Kendra Brodin entitled […]

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Certainties: Death – Yes, Taxes – Probably, Death Taxes – Depends

April 2, 2010

I met with a couple yesterday for some preliminary information on estate planning and once again I had to explain that things are not very clear at the moment regarding estate taxes. In 2009, the federal estate tax exemption was $3.5 million with a 45% tax rate. In 2010 there is an unlimited exemption as […]

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You mean not everyone loves the paperless office?

November 3, 2009

I came across a post at Paralegalese titled Words That Do Not Mix: Paperless Law Office. As the I.T. guru at our firm, I have been seeking to use computers to increase efficiency within our firm and regularly see articles touting the paperless office for law firms to increase efficiency and decrease costs. I guess […]

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Netbook: No CD Drive? No Problem.

October 27, 2009

Recently a brand new Dell Latitude 2100 netbook arrived on my desk. As a cost-saving measure, I opted against buying an external CD drive. Not long after I began using the netbook I found that I wanted to load some software from a CD and set out to find a way to install the software […]

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Least Useful Sign Ever?

October 2, 2009

Why in the world would a motorist need to know that there is a damaged guardrail ahead? Would this cause someone to alter their driving to ensure that they pick another suitable location to careen into a perfectly suitable guardrail? If anyone knows the justification for such a sign, please let me know. I feel […]

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My Life in Six-Minute Increments

September 15, 2009

A long, long time ago a someone decided that it made sense to charge for legal services by the hour. Most of the firms I am familiar with bill their hours in six-minute increments. This is a topic that was not very well addressed at my law school and but it seems like a very […]

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Are lawyers ruining all the fun?

July 6, 2009

Before law school I was able to have fun and enjoy life. After graduating and passing the bar I was a changed person. Fun was replaced by an accute awareness of risk and potential harm. So, being the risk averse person that I have become, the first thing I did to this site after getting […]

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Why Fat Daddy, Esq?

July 6, 2009

I’m an attorney, I’m a dad, and, as my four year old often reminds me, I’m fat. I have been married to my beautiful wife (hereinafter “Hot Mama”) for eight years and I am the proud father of two little girls, ages four and two (hereinafter “Thing 1” and “Thing 2” respectively). I have been […]

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