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Estate planning approaches fiscal cliff as well

While most discussions about the fiscal cliff seem to focus on how income taxes, capital gains taxes and qualified dividend tax rates may be affected by whatever deal Congress eventually makes (or fails to make), estate and gifts taxes also stand to be affected significantly.

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Lawyers struggle over compensation for nonlawyers

The Wisconsin Supreme Court held recently that a law firm could pay a paralegal a percentage of the gross proceeds from cases on which the paralegal worked. The Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation had argued that the compensation plan violated the prohibition on sharing legal fees with a nonlawyer. (In re Weigel, 817 N.W.2d 835 (Wis. 2012)).

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Commentary: Can marketing your practice make you happier?

There has been a dramatic shift in how psychologists view happiness. Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard and apply ourselves, success will follow. And once we are successful, we’ll be happy.

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ABA adopts policies on technology, law school data

The American Bar Association adopted new ethical guidelines for lawyers regarding online marketing and staying aware of current technology at its annual meeting this month.

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Few companies report their procedures for data deletion

It’s a chore few people want to do, it seems: delete old data securely. Even though it’s beneficial to a data storage strategy (less data to store means less money needed to store it), and significantly lowers costs if e-discovery becomes an issue, few companies have a consistent deletion plan in place.

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