Discovery requests till now rarely focused on text messaging. That’s changed. As the preferred medium for informal and increasingly business communications, we look at its challenges for litigants and the shift in case law, production and review.
The language lawyers use matters. And one commonality becoming rather more obvious each year is this: legalese is on its way out. Clients and judges alike have expressed a desire for straightforward legal communication, and while “terms of art” have their place, if you have not already made a conscious effort to begin writing in plain language, now is the time!
With e-filing becoming mandatory across state courts, federal district, appellate and bankruptcy courts, and administrative agencies, comes a new type of risk. In this article we look at common errors attorneys make when using online court filing systems and provide a few tips to avoid committing legal malpractice in this new era.
In any legal matter, the case chronology is paramount. And fact management is paramount for building your case chronology: you have no effective case chronology without facts. In this article, we dissect some properties of facts, look at why fact management is so critical, and finally what separates the right fact management solution from the rest.
Many terms describing legal software supposedly able to manage a litigation file throughout its litigation lifecycle are being bandied about. But can just any legal software manage case evidence, transcripts, production, key facts and chronologies, key issues, key people and key testimony from onset through depositions, motions, trial and appeals? MasterFile can.
Storytelling is a common topic in leadership and marketing, but many lawyers write off this skill as irrelevant. They see their jobs as providing well-reasoned, objective legal analysis, and, when necessary, making arguments that support their clients’ cases. But a compelling story is as critical a component of adequately and zealously representing clients. We explore why, and take a look at some famous cases.
For lawyers, the simple copy/paste task often ends up taking on a life of its own. Why? Formatting. MasterFile’s Drafting Minion drops perfectly formatted testimony into motions in one click.
Cross-examination, of course, makes for the best scenes in courtroom dramas. But successful cross-examination is not about charisma and oratory skills; rather, it’s about excellent preparation, or hard work, and following some time tested and simple tips.
Bates numbers are not outdated. They just need to be used correctly to number TIF, PDF, and native files. See how, and why, MasterFile makes it simple.
Dozens of products let you split a large PDF file into smaller PDFs based on a number of criteria. That’s all well and good, but being able to simply extract pages has no relevance to managing evidence, key facts and extracts within each document that’s inside the large PDF file now on your screen. MasterFile splits and loads large PDF files for you automatically, so you can focus on what matters most – case analysis and case strategy.
As any litigator or investigator that’s handled a complex matter knows, getting control of the stacks of evidence, facts and legal issues can be quite a challenge. MasterFile is designed to let you easily manage case information in matters of any complexity to build stronger cases and ultimately, win more. In this short article, we explain how to create legal timelines and case chronologies that can give you an edge in court.
Cross examination is not the time to delve into a witness’s interpretation of the facts; rather, it’s the time for you to tell a story by obtaining the witness’s assent. Take a deep dive into evidence, research, facts and events with MasterFile and see how, and why, MasterFile lets you develop your questions more efficiently and execute them more effectively.
Every case’s DNA is made up of claims, counterclaims and defenses. Easily organize case evidence, facts, events and the case chronology in MasterFile. Set out the claim and add issues and other probative factors in one step. Litigation management software that’s simple and intuitive.