Based on the widely popular text, Fundamentals of Litigation for Paralegals, Fundamentals of California Litigation for Paralegals focuses on the rules in California, specifically, and the role of the paralegal in litigation. From the moment a client walks into the office, through trial and post-judgment (as well as settlements and alternative forms of resoluion), respected authors Maerowitz and Mauet cover the gamut of California litigation for paralegals with their signature approach.
Comprehensive overview of business organizations for paralegals, presented in a student-friendly format. Coverage of all the various types of business organizations, providing a basic and thorough understanding without overwhelming students. Features: In-depth coverage of business entities, including in-depth information on limited liability companies, as well as cutting edge and emerging topics in business law, such as tax inversions. Logical sequencing of material for each business entity discussed. Each business entity is discussed in a life cycle approach: from its formation, to its advantages and disadvantages, to its operation, to its dissolution, and to its tax consequences. The text begins with an introduction to the various business entities and then progresses from the simplest, the sole proprietorship, through partnerships, to the most complex, the business corporation. The newest forms of business entities, the limited liability partnership and limited liability company, are also discussed. The text concludes with other forms of corporations, such as nonprofit and professional corporations. The text combines in-depth substantive coverage of topics with practical information, including checklists. Helpful pedagogy includes web resources, key terms, practice tips, and exercises
Fundamentals of Litigation for Paralegals, 9E offers a complete understanding of the litigation process from the time the client walks into the office through to trial and post-judgment, including settlements and alternative forms of resolutions. The successful, balanced approach presents a clear, complete overview of the litigation process, without bogging down in so many rules and procedures that the learning process is thwarted. The text's clear, flexible organization allows the instructor to easily pick and choose the areas to cover in the course. Pedagogical aids throughout the text, including bold-face terms defined in the margins and in the glossary; numerous examples, charts, checklists, and sample documents; chapter overviews and summaries; and review questions, make the material much more accessible to students. The litigation file at the end of the materials allows the student to see samples, not just read, about the motions, pleadings, and discovery requests that are part of a litigation case. Features: Updated with changes to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Short, edited cases added to each chapter, with questions,for follow-up discussion on key topics Includes new developments in e-discovery Updated with new techniques for utilizing computerized litigation support systems in preparing cases for trial Updated internet research questions Coverage streamlined throughout Helpful pedagogy includes bold-face terms defined in the margins and in the glossary; numerous examples, charts, checklists, and sample documents; chapter overviews and summaries; and review questions In addition to review questions (including true-false, short answer, and essays, with answers and explanations), the workbook has case scenarios for the student to use in completing assignments for the course and for use by the instructor as case studies in class. The Instructor's Manual provides answers to the questions posed in the workbook and book, as well as test questions for each chapter with answers and explanations
Basic Contract Law for Paralegals is a clear, comprehensive, and straightforward introduction to all of the basics of contract law, specifically designed for paralegal students. Lively examples and well-crafted pedagogy cover all key topics in a contracts course—from offer, acceptance, and consideration, to discharge of obligations, and remedies. An appendix of twelve sample contracts provides a useful ongoing reference tool for paralegals working with contracts. Features: Comprehensive coverage of all the key topics. A culminating chapter walks students through the process of drafting a simple contract. Clearly written text and lively examples help students understand the law. Well-crafted pedagogy includes chapter overviews, highlighted examples, key terms, review questions, sample clauses for analysis, edited cases, chapter summaries, and end-of-chapter exercises Manageable length makes this book ideal for shorter courses. New cases provide up-to-date coverage of: Express and implied contracts and promissory estoppel Bilateral and unilateral contracts The mirror image rule and acceptance Consideration Implied-in-fact conditions and conditions precedent Third party beneficiaries Anticipatory repudiation and how to measure damages.
Practical Contract Law for Paralegals: An Activities-Based Approach is a comprehensive, practical introduction to environmental law written exclusively for paralegal students. The concise, well-written text focuses on a broad understanding of the sources of environmental law and offers students numerous practical exercises as well as concrete methods for researching the law. It also includes methods for conducting due diligence in real estate transactions, a real-world concern of paralegals and a topic ignored by other textbooks. The Second Edition offers thoroughly updated exercises, websites, government forms and laws, and includes a new chapter on mining law. Features of Practical Contract Law for Paralegals: An Activities-Based Approach: Accessible, practical approach to environmental law, specifically designed for the paralegal student. Comprehensive coverage includes the basics of the judicial concepts, policies, agencies and institutions that shape environmental law A brief overview of legal research and how it applies to environmental law. Intuitive organization starts with the implementation and sources of Environmental Law and moves on to specific statutes. Emphasis on conducting due diligence in real estate transactions, a real-world concern of paralegals and a topic no other book addresses. Engaging hands-on assignments, exercises and website resources teach students how to research local laws and access vital information. Strong pedagogical features reinforce the material, including crossword puzzles, key terms, review questions, and practice exercises. Features employment opportunities and ethical issues Thoroughly updated, the revised Second Edition includes: New chapter on mining law. Thoroughly updated exercises, government forms, laws, and websites.
Family Law for Paralegals
Author: J. Shoshanna Ehrlich
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Family Law for Paralegals, 7E is a comprehensive text for family law, offering complete coverage of the basics of family law, combined with historical context and insight into topics of current interest. This thoughtful and carefully written textbook offers the nuts-and-bolts of the law, framed in historical context and include exposure to some of the most dynamic issues in family law today. The text’s comprehensive coverage includes basic coverage of the issues of marriage and divorce, as well as cutting-edge issues such as non-marital families, child abuse and neglect, child support and custody, and same-sex marriage. Features: Detailed treatment of Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges striking down bans on marriages between same-sex partners on federal constitutional grounds Added discussion about emerging recognition of domestic violence as a human rights violation Discussion of expanded protections under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 for both Native American women who are abused by non-Native perpetrators and same-sex victims of abuse Expanded section on interstate child support cases, with new material on international support actions under a recent Hague Convention Expanded section on post-majority child support focused on enlarging parental obligations to correspond to the new reality of today’s young adults An added section about some of the continuing ambiguities/complexities of interstate child custody cases under the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act A new section on the Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act A new section on e-mediation A new section on the Indian Child Welfare Act that is intended to reverse historical disregard for tribal relations of Native Peoples
Legal Research Explained
Author: Deborah E. Bouchoux
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Legal Research Explained provides a building-block approach to the fundamentals of legal research for paralegal students. The fundamentals of legal research for paralegal students. The text is divided into five separate sections, as follows: 1) conducting legal research using primary authorities; 2) conducting legal research using secondary authorities and other research aids; 3) electronic and computer resources; 4) legal citation form and validating authorities; and 5) "putting it all together," providing a final overview of the legal research process. Although based on the legal research section of author Deborah Bouchoux's highly successful Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals, the material in Legal Research Explained is modified and condensed to fit a legal research-only course. All-new research assignments in each chapter give students practice with both conventional print resources and on-line sources. Helpful charts, diagrams, and sample pages from research resources help students understand complex topics. In addition, Practice Tips in each chapter offer realistic and helpful suggestions for workplace success and Ethics notes are included throughout the book. Key Features: New research assignments New practice tips in several chapters Discussion of new titles added to the United States Code Discussion of new website GovInfo for free, official, and authenticated documents from all three branches of the government. Discussion of new sources for conducting research, such as the Law Review Commons (Chapter 6), which provides free access to thousands of law review articles. Discussion of new tools such as Lexis for Microsoft Office and Thomson Reuters's Drafting Assistant Extensively revised discussion of computer-assisted legal research in Chapter 8 New information on practical concerns in citing to the Internet in Chapter 9 Revamped discussion of citation form (Chapter 10) The information relating to Shepardizing using print volumes of Shepard's has been moved from Chapter 11 to its own back-of-the-book Appendix Information on new research management tools such as Zotero, Juris-M, and Evernote An in-depth Instructor's Manual includes an overview of the text, sample syllabi, tips on teaching strategies, chapter-by-chapter resource information, answer keys for all assignments, and a Test Bank.
Basic Wills, Trusts and Estates for Paralegals, Fourth Editionthe concise text designed as an overview of wills, trusts, and estates for paralegal students, has been thoroughly updated to reflect changes in both state and federal materials.Written specifically with the paralegal student in mind, this user-friendly text provides:Aquick, simple, and straightforward introductionto all of the basics of wills, trusts, and estates law Comprehensivecoverage of the key topics, including areview of the sources of property law, trusts, and taxesClearly written textandlively examplesto help students understand the lawHelpful guidance on how to draftwills and trusts documents A step-by-step review ofhow to complete the entire federal estate tax returnA final chapter with a state-by-state analysis of trust and estate lawContinuing examples describing four different familiesthat give students a helpful point of reference in learning the intricacies of estate planningWell-developed learning and teaching aids:chapter overviews, highlighted examples, key terms, review questions, sample clauses for analysis, edited cases, chapter summaries, and end-of-chapter exercises An appendix withuseful formsA manageable lengththat makes this book ideal for shorter coursesCompletely updated, the Fourth Edition includes:New chapter questionsUpdated state-specific materialin the final chapterUpdated tax materialsincluding the new federal tax formNew and updated formsin the appendix Comprehensive and practical, this manageable text conveys everything paralegal students need to know about wills, trusts, and estates without overwhelming them. An instructor website to support classroom instruction using this title is available at www.aspenlawschool.com/helewitz_wills4 .
With complete coverage of the ethical principles that inform the role of the paralegal, Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Paralegals, Eighth Edition is ideal for use as either a primary course book, or a supplementary text. An authoritative presentation combined with clear and readable pedagogy enriches all levels of inquiry into the ethics of legal practice. Key Benefits: Comprehensive coverage of the professional responsibilities of paralegals, illuminated with chapter overviews, key terms, and a student-friendly organization. Discussion questions with hypotheticals and review questions in each chapter. Landmark cases, many involving paralegals, that demonstrate how the principles and rules of ethics are applied. Updated ethics opinions, with a focus on technology and social media, supported by new hypotheticals. Expanded coverage of how technology is affecting various aspects of ethics and practice, including confidentiality and privilege, competence, conflicts of interest and advertising. Many new cases including: State Bar v. Lang (unauthorized practice of law), Committee v. JPMorgan Chase (competence), Lola v. Skadden (professionalism), Pension Committee v. Banc of America Securities (advocacy), and McDermott v. Superior Court (confidentiality).
This is a revision of noted author Deborah Bouchoux's market-leading legal research and writing text for paralegal students. This clear, well-organized text is designed specifically for paralegal students, offering a comprehensive overview of research and writing skills, reinforced by illustrations and exercises. Part I covers Primary Authorities, Part II discuses Secondary Authorities, and Part III covers the basics of Legaal Writing. The Legal Writing section includes samples of legal writing, such as letters, a court brief, and a legal memorandum, though throughout the book, Bouchoux integrates writing strategies into each research chapter to demonstrate the link between the two processes. In addition, there is thorough coverage of electronic research, including a chapter on internet research as well as fee-based services such as Lexis Advance and Westlaw. Additional tips on how to effectively use electronic resources are also included throughout the text. Bouchoux thoroughly explains proper citation form and updating/validating legal authorities.
This text for the paralegal course emphasizes personal injury and medical information useful in litigating torts cases. The text has two in-depth chapters on litigation before and during trial. It provides paralegal students with the foundational information on torts and teaches them how to apply the skills they will need when working as personal injury paralegals. The text features teachable and comprehensive coverage, beginning with an introduction to the concept of torts and then moving into each element of negligence. The book then tackles medical malpractice as a type of negligence. Intentional torts are covered next, followed by a chapter on workers’ compensation. The book concludes with chapters on how to discover medical records, tort discovery, and litigation. An introduction to medicine is provided as an appendix. A special emphasis is given to medical information specifically related to personal injury, including a guide on how to obtain medical records and how to understand those records.
Renewing a commitment to preparing students to become effective paralegals in all aspects of Bankruptcy, the Seventh Edition of this popular text offers important developments in recent bankruptcy law, expanded coverage of means testing, and enhanced pedagogy. In an illuminating overview of the Bankruptcy Code and Rules, respected author David L. Buchbinder provides step-by-step guidance through the paralegal's role at every stage of the Bankruptcy proceeding. A hit with instructors and students, Basic Bankruptcy Law for Paralegals features: focused coverage of Bankruptcy that hones in on what students need to know to become effective paralegals in all aspects of Bankruptcy: consumer representation creditor representation assisting with the handling of a Chapter 11 case a clear overview of the Bankruptcy Code and Rules step-by-step guidance through the paralegal's role at every stage of a Bankruptcy proceeding a practical orientation to completing bankruptcy documentation and the time limits on those documents thorough pedagogy that includes: examples checklists of procedures summaries of the law discussion questions practice exercises Forms Manual on an accompanying CD-ROM detailed Instructor's Manual with Test Bank Updated to reflect developing case law interpreting the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA) and other changes in Bankruptcy Law, the Seventh Edition also provides: two new chapters devoted entirely to means testing: one chapter presents a substantive discussion of means testing and the second chapter gives a tutorial Practice Pointers, a new teaching device, are integrated throughout the text Practice Exercises are now included throughout the book Timely and up-to-date, the Seventh Edition of Basic Bankruptcy Law for Paralegals comes with a complete teaching package that will complement the pedagogy, coverage, and clarity of this highly effective text.
This new text is a concise version of Ehrlich s Family Law for Paralegals, which is currently in its 6th edition, developed for use in shorter paralegal courses. The Fundamentals version of Ehrlich s text seeks to provide students with the knowledge and skills they will need to be effective paralegals in a busy family law practice. Without sacrificing the intellectual integrity and depth of the topical coverage, the text is streamlined in order to emphasize the material that is essential for the transition from classroom to office. Features: Comprehensive in coverage. The book includes basic coverage of the issues of marriage and divorce, as well as current issues such as non-marital families, child abuse and neglect, and same-sex marriage. Helpful real-life examples enhance the textual discussions. Sample forms show students what they will encounter in practice. Clear pedagogy including summaries, key terms, and review and discussion questions help students better understand the material and develop their critical thinking and writing skills. Mindful of the pressures of a condensed course, historical material and discussions of cutting edge issues and theoretical debates are minimized. Includes case summaries, used only to highlight key points. The assignments at the end of the chapters are practice-focused, emphasizing key skills paralegals in family law need to know.
Tort Law for Paralegals
Author: Neal R. Bevans
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
Here is broad coverage of all the key topics in tort law that paralegals need to know, written in an engaging style with plenty of examples and illustrations. With an understanding of how law firms function in the real world, students develop practical skills¿assessing cases for settlement value, investigating claims, billing hours, evaluating insurance policies, and more. One hypothetical case runs through Tort Law for Paralegals, providing a coherent framework for illustrating a multitude of topics. Forms and court documents relevant to this case are included in the appendix. A well-developed pedagogy features chapter objectives; “Issue at a Glance” boxes that summarize important legal concepts; marginal definitions; a wealth of figures, tables, and diagrams; Key Terms, Review Questions, and “Applying What You Have Learned” exercises; case excerpts; and features that prepare students for their jobs such as “Skills You Need in the Real World,” “Life of a Paralegal,” and a list of Web sites for gathering more information. Ethical issues are highlighted, with a separate section on ethics at the end of each chapter.
Complete introduction to real estate and property law, designed with the paralegal student in mind. This straightforward, student-friendly text lays out the basic foundations of the law, accompanied by real world examples. The author provides a solid foundation the basics of real estate law, including the practicalities of daily legal work. In a balanced approach, Bevans covers all the key topics paralegals need to know in an easy-to-read and engaging style that utilizes numerous examples and illustrations but never overwhelms the student. Well-structured pedagogy reinforces this readable text. Each chapter features a variety of effective learning aids, including forms, edited cases, and a wealth of exercises for mastering the material and building practical paralegal skills. The revised Fifth Edition is thoroughly updated with changes in the law. Key Features: Updated procedures and documentation for real estate closings Current forms throughout the text Recent cases that signal changes in the law Fresh coverage of technology as used in the office, such as cloud computing, Adobe Acrobat and PDFs, Speech Recognition Software, and Electronic Billing