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Unauthorized Practice of the Law?

If LegalZoom is not engaged in the unauthorized practice of law, then what does the unauthorized practice of law mean? In March, 2014, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that LegalZoom does not engage in the unauthorized practice of law through its internet sale of legal documents which are produced when customers answer questions through…

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Covenants Not to Compete: How to Avoid Turning “Any Practice” into Malpractice

Lawyers are often called upon by their clients to draft covenants not to compete in employment settings.  We lawyers know that covenants against competition are highly disfavored under the law, yet there still exists the tension of wanting to provide the client with the maximum available protection.  The line between a valid and enforceable covenant…

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What do Jurors think when sitting in judgment and what do they say in the jury room during deliberation?

Lawyers are meticulous in their trial preparation.  We outline our cases, prepare witnesses, torture ourselves in planning the presentation of evidence and spend countless hours rehearsing opening and closing arguments.  Even with most mercurial of planning, however, the trial itself can be a game of chance because the most important element of a trial is…

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