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July 19, 2012

Sensitive Litigation Moment No. 119: Two Ways of the Trial Notebook for Business Trials.

(Miramax Films)

There's no Boilerplate in Baseball.

--Often incorrectly attributed to Tom Hanks; rather, it's a quip of Haywood Wise.

For business trials, see for starters the outlines for Trial Notebooks, either One or Two, at Evan Schaeffer's Illinois Trial Practice. We like the latter, but you should mix and match--and use your great unused brain. Both sides of it. And be advised:

1. Each client, each problem to solve, each transaction, and each trial is unique, and Different From The Other.

2. If you have Quality Work to do, and will be doing it for Quality Clients, you're not in a "forms" profession.

3. Do away with knee-jerk lawyer "form-think", too. It's bad for clients. Not to mention uninspired, un-American (and un-English)--and boring.

4. Forms and form-think generally do not save money. They generally do cause problems.

Posted by Holden Oliver (Kitzb├╝hel Desk) at July 19, 2012 11:55 PM


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