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You may surprised to learn that a lot of things you do that you think are perfectly innocent may, in fact, be illegal. In this video you will discover crazy things that we all do every day that could land us in jail!

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Pros and cons of partnership in law firms

Posted by on Jul 17, 2016 in Legal Advice, Partnership |

Many legal professionals decide to form their firms as partnerships, especially if they are at the beginning of the career. The organization of the firm depends on a variety of factors, and it is most commonly based on the jurisdiction in which the firm practices. Partnerships of law firms can be organized as general or limited liability partnerships, professional corporations, associations or limited liability companies.

No matter how you decide to organize a firm – whether you want to start a sole proprietorship or a partnership – it is undoubtedly true that each organization method has its advantages and disadvantages. In this article, we will discuss pros and cons of organizing law firms as partnerships.

LIFE-IN-TRANSCOM-Partnership-2One of the main reasons why people decide to start a law firm as a partnership is the fact that it can be truly stressful and frightening to run a business alone, especially if you are at a beginning of the career. Starting a law firm with one or several partners help share the heavy burden of running a business. Partners provide each other with support, they share the problems and make decisions together, and it is easier to make large moves when you have someone else to share ideas with than do it all by yourself because in partnerships there is shared responsibility.

SuccessWhen starting a law firm with one or several partners, not only the responsibility is shared, but the initial capital is shared as well. With larger initial capital, it is easier to start a company, pay all the fees and invest in the firm.

In large and medium law firms it is considered very prestigious to become a partner. This helps in battling the competition and becoming more successful than you would if you started a firm as a sole proprietorship. It is easier to build a name through becoming a partner at a larger firm than starting it from scratch.

When it comes to disadvantages, one of the first to mention is a lack of flexibility. Because the responsibility is shared, it means that all the partners need to agree before making a certain decision, which leaves you less space for implementing your own ideas. Also, the decision making is slower in partnerships, because each decision needs to win consensus and all the partners need to agree on it.

Another most notable disadvantage is the difference in ideas and aims for the company between the partners. This is also one of the main reasons why partnerships get dissolved. At some point, the ideas and the aims of an individual may not coincide with the ideas and the aims of the rest of the partners, which can lead to disputes and even breaking the cooperation. Also, personal aims and wishes of one partner may begin to differ from the firm’s statute and operating agreement, which can also often lead to dispute and disagreement.

When you decide to start a law firm, you need to consider carefully your personal aims and wishes and what you want to achieve during your career. Consider all the pros and cons of forming a partnership and decide whether you would be able to handle all the challenges this organization could pose for you.

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How to properly capture online evidence

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016 in Legal Advice, Online Evidence |

The Internet is constantly changing, and many web pages are often changed or even completely removed. If you are a legal professional capturing online evidence, the changing nature of the online world is something you constantly need to have in mind, in order not to be left without the evidence that may be important for solving your case.

aid3450-728px-Take-a-Screenshot-in-Microsoft-Windows-Step-1-Version-4First of all, once you find the web page which contains the information you may use as evidence, make sure to capture screenshots of the webpage’s content the moment you access it. This way you will capture the layout of the page and all the content contained in it at the moment of access. Secondly, you need to save the screenshots you have made in a standardized format. The most commonly used format is PDF, because it cannot be altered and changed in any way after the document has been created, which gives additional strength and relevance to the evidence you have collected from the website. Then, as it is important to capture the content of the online material you have collected, it is equally important to save the metadata of the files you have created. Saving metadata includes recording the time of capturing screenshots, complete URL of the pages you used and the source codes.

URL-tagging-imageChronological documentation of the material is also important when capturing online evidence. This is important for two main reasons. First, chronological order makes it easier for all the legal experts involved in the case to follow the course of events. Secondly, if the collected data is ordered chronologically, it makes it possible to draw correct conclusions about the case, which is especially important when planning the next step and when drawing conclusions and making decisions.

 

When capturing online evidence, it is crucial to provide a sound chain of custody. This means that you should pay attention to capturing and saving all the details about the evidence you collect from the Internet, from the beginning of the process to its end. Since digital documents are altered and manipulated more easily than the paper ones, it is very important to provide the solid evidence that you have not altered or manipulated the digital material in any way. This helps you in proving your case and makes the evidence you have collected more solid, more relevant and more valuable.

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D_yHEPtjOne of the good solutions for capturing online evidence is Page Vault, which is easy to use and it can be very useful for legal experts who are not particularly tech-savvy. It is a browser created especially for the purpose of collecting online data, and it records the accessed web page as is, after which the record of the page is sent to a secure online vault. The captured pages are saved and stored as PDF files, and they also contain the exact time and date of the access, the page’s URL, the IP address and other key metadata.

Last, but not least, when you capture the online evidence, it is advisable to print them together with all the data related to them. While PDF files with the collected evidence can be safely stored on the computer or online, having a paper version as a backup always provides additional safety and a guarantee that the data will not be lost.

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