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February 2011

Clients Want Value

EChicago trial lawyer, Patrick Lamb, speaks in his blog about the shift in the balance of power between law firms and clients. Patrick suggests that there are new rules of the game in dealing with clients and he suggests building a new kind of lawyer-client relation:

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2010 Tax Relief Act Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Tax Changes
by Craig G. Dalton Jr., Poyner Spruill LLP

This Alert summarizes the changes recently made to federal estate, generation-skipping and gift tax laws under the 2010 Tax Relief Act. A chart summarizing the effects of the new law for 2010 through 2013 is attached. I. Background. Under the provisions of a prior Tax Act adopted in 2001, the estate, gift and generation-skipping taxes were substantially changed during the period from 2001 through 2010, including increases in the estate tax exemption and reductions in the estate and gift tax rates.

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Stop Being Nice in Your Pleadings to Negligent County and City Employees

There was a time when most North Carolina county and city governments routinely agreed to waive governmental immunity to the extent of the limits of their liability insurance that covered claims arising out of the negligent acts of their employees. By alleging in the complaint waiver of governmental immunity through the purchase of liability insurance, the plaintiff’s claim against the city or county would be viable whether or not the complaint named the negligent employee in either his official or individual capacities or even named him at all. That day is gone.

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Fortune Cookie Sayings for Lawyers
  • Love is grand; divorce is a hundred grand.
  • The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
  • People shouldn’t judge you by your appearance unless you are picked out of a lineup.
  • A good life is its own reward. See definitions for further details, including, but not limited to, certain restrictive definitions of "good life" and "reward."
  • If you walk a mile in a man's shoes, that man shall not be liable for injuries sustained during said walking.
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Clients Want Value
2010 Tax Relief Act Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Tax Changes
by Craig G. Dalton Jr., Poyner Spruill LLP
Stop Being Nice in Your Pleadings to Negligent County and City Employees
Fortune Cookie Sayings for Lawyers
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