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It is by no means unbelievable, especially for lawyers, that divorcing spouses will attempt to hide money and assets from each other. However, for an experienced divorce lawyer, finding hidden assets can often tilt the scales of justice in their client's favor and win them unending respect and referrals.

Divorce lawyers will claim to have seen most, if not all, of the usual tricks and will know how to discover hidden assets. But as cryptocurrencies continue to gain in popularity, market stability, and acceptance, finding money stashed away in cryptocurrencies will likely require family lawyers to learn a few new tricks.

Why You Shouldn't Hire Your Kids to Work at Your Law Firm

If President Trump goes down as the worst president in U.S. history, he could blame it on his kids.

While first-son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner are galavanting around the globe, many political commenters view the president sinking in a political and legal quagmire. From Russia to China to India, the problems keep coming back to Washington, D.C.

What has all that got to do with the price of tea in China? This is a lesson for lawyers: don't hire your kids to work for you.

If the attorneys representing El Chapo, a.k.a. Joaquin Guzman, the infamous leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, were overly concerned about getting paid, they may have wanted to think twice before accepting the representation. Getting paid has been an issue since the beginning of this representation.

According to recent reports, the alleged kingpin's lawyers haven't received any payments since the initial payment. That payment came from "friends" of Guzman. In order to get an additional payment, Guzman claimed that he needed to make a statement in open court to his "family." However, the court rejected this request due to the concern that Guzman would be sending a coded message via the statement.

How to Stand Out at Your Law Firm

Maybe it goes without saying that sticking out and standing out are entirely different things.

But this is a blog so we're going to say it anyway. Plus, the difference may be more subtle than you think when it comes to your law firm.

Sticking out is like a thumb waiting to get hammered. It's wearing blue and orange together. It's, well, not standing out.

In the business world, covering for a coworker's mistake is something that doesn't get done unless there's a motivating factor, like friendship, or if the team's collective performance benefits each individual's compensation. So, you can expect that it may happen frequently until work friendships get too strained.

When lawyers co-counsel, if one attorney makes a mistake, it hurts the case. That means that co-counsel should be extra motivated to not let their co-counsel make mistakes, regardless of who is in the lead role. But when it happens, and it is always bound to happen, an attorney has three basic choices:

3 Things You Can Learn From Bad Clients

'I just need some quick advice' -- famous first words from that time-wasting, non-paying client.

Not to be harsh, but if someone starts with that line, your "no-pay-radar" should beep or something. Sure, you should give "quick advice" when appropriate, but if you make it a habit you will not make money.

These are lessons from the trenches of law practice, where you can get dirty sometimes. Here are three things you can learn from the bad clients you may find there.

When it comes to online reputation management, law firms often fear the damage that can be done as a result of negative online reviews. The fact that there are several platforms that allow the public to write reviews for lawyers and law firms means that lawyers and law firms should be actively monitoring these platforms, and participating if possible.

A recent study discussed in the Harvard Business Review explains that businesses that respond to every online review tend to receive higher online ratings and better quality reviews. But before you start maniacally responding to every review you've ever received online, the following will help you understand why it helps, and provide a few best practices.

If you've been considering getting into environmental law, you may be wondering whether or not it's a worthwhile pursuit for your practice. And whether your firm has the passion or maybe already has the clients, may be the determining factors.

For example, for business attorneys that primarily serve manufacturing and real estate clients, environmental law can really be a boon for business, and is often a necessary part of representing some types of businesses. Apart from defending litigation, there can often be environmental compliance work, and other environmental legal risks associated with certain processes or transactions. For non-transactional attorneys, environmental law takes on more civil rights-ish aspect.

Don't Freak Out About the Case You Can't Handle

Harold LaFlamme's very first case turned into a murder trial.

He didn't freak out, and his client was not executed. But LaFlamme, who passed away last year, was like that: a fearless courtroom champion.

Of course, his first career as an arms dealer probably had something to do with it. Everybody else, on the other hand, should be afraid of taking a case that is way over their head.

Oxford Comma Case Settles for $5M

In recent years, no case has made such a splash over a statute's lack of punctuation as the Oakhurst Dairy overtime case. On appeal, the First Circuit overturned a lower district court ruling finding that dairy delivery drivers in the state of Maine were not entitled to overtime under the state's overtime statute due to a missing comma.

The appellate court found that but for the lack of an Oxford or serial comma, the statute could not be read unambiguously, and that that ambiguity had to be resolved in the dairy drivers' favor. After the appellate court remanded the matter, the parties managed to work out a five million dollar compromise so as to avoid further proceedings.