Posted on March 19th, 2017 by Mitts Law, LLC
The vast majority of court cases will settle outside of the court room. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that 96% of civil cases are never presented before a judge. The task of a lawyer is to understand when it's appropriate to settle a file, and when a client should be advised to continue fighting. No matter the unique nuances of your legal case, negotiating a settlement can be a complicated experience for any individual.
Posted on September 14th, 2016 by Mitts Law, LLC
Defendants sometimes (frequently) do not want to be found. Particularly at the outset of a case, when serving the complaint is necessary to begin the case, wily defendants may attempt to evade service by a variety of means. Defendants' common propensity for evasion should come as no surprise: If an individual already performed a bad act for which he or she is liable, there is a fair chance that such an individual is not going to willingly face the music and voluntarily submit themselves to a court's jurisdiction.
Posted on August 12th, 2016 by Mitts Law, LLC
For the past three summers, I have been a legal intern at Mitts Law, LLC, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With my first year of law school now complete, my formal legal training advanced my legal intern work. I have observed, however, there is some disconnect between the demands of the classroom and the demands of real-world legal practice. Here are some topics and strategies to be on the lookout for, plus some tips to keep in mind, in order to make the transition from the law library to the law firm smoother.
1. Find Your Formula for Research
Researching relevant issues and case law is all about precision. The majority of your tasks as a summer legal intern will likely be researching case law to help support legal arguments. Thus, the more efficient you become at this skill, the more valuable you will become to your firm.
Posted on August 2nd, 2016 by Mitts Law, LLC
Engagement letters often receive short shrift from busy attorneys. There are plenty of reasons for this - sometimes, a new client needs or demands immediate action and there is not a moment to spare - the attorney jumps right into the substantive aspects of the representation before even thinking carefully about what its parameters are, let alone carefully delineating them in a writing. Other times, it is an existing or previous client who calls with a new case and the lawyer thinks, "The engagement letter I did before should cover me - no need to waste time and effort doing another one." Other attorneys are reluctant to spend the time necessary to craft a good engagement letter, thinking that their time is better spent on billable matters. After all, bonuses at many firms take billable hours into account and I suspect most attorneys will struggle to recollect the last time they observed a colleague receive professional commendation for putting together a really great engagement letter. Read More...