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Break the Scales: Changing the Delivery of Legal Services

Tom Regan, a shareholder in LeClairRyan's Newark, NJ, office, explores the granular nuts and bolts of legal project management, alternative fee arrangements, and the delivery of legal services outside of the standard six-minute billing time increments. A product liability lawyer by training, Tom shares his experience as national coordinating counsel responsible for managing large dockets of cases filed in multiple jurisdictions and opines where the legal industry is, where it is heading, and how it needs to adapt to changing times.

To read the blog, visit http://www.breakthescales.com

D.C. Anti-SLAPP Law: Free Speech Protections Against Frivolous Lawsuits

The District of Columbia is among the more than 25 states and jurisdictions that have enacted an anti-SLAPP statute -- SLAPP stands for "strategic lawsuit against public participation." Like other jurisdictions, the D.C. anti-SLAPP statute provides defendants with a procedural vehicle for disposing of litigation aimed at stifling or chilling speech at an early stage.

Les Machado, co-leader of LeClairRyan's Media, Internet and E-Commerce Industry team, provides readers with a general understanding of the D.C. anti-SLAPP law and the evolving case law interpreting this statute. Written with a journalistic flair, Les’ blog offers invaluable insights to anti-SLAPP cases making headlines nationwide.

To read the blog, visit http://www.dcslapplaw.com

Estate Conflicts: Focusing on Disputes Involving Wills, Trusts, Guardianships, & Celebrity Estates

Estate disputes are increasingly common as society ages and large sums of wealth are passed down, and LeClairRyan partner Will Sleeth is leading the way in raising awareness of the many issues critical to this area of law through the nationally focused blog, Estate Conflicts.

Hot topics such as will, trust, guardianship, and power of attorney disputes, current developments in estate litigation law, celebrity estate disputes and even odd and quirky human interests posts about estate disputes are covered in our blog posts.

Written in a casual tone, Estate Conflicts helps readers from a diverse professional background, including trust officers, CPAs, estate planning attorneys and trust company leadership, stay on track with the complex issues related to estate planning and litigation.

To read the blog, visit http://www.estateconflicts.com

Franchise Alchemy: Transforming Franchise Business Law Into Golden Concepts

Franchising is big business. McDonald’s had $28 billion in revenues and $5.6 billion in profits in 2013. Franchising is global. Subway has more than 67,000 shops worldwide. Franchising is also highly regulated. Federal and state laws require franchisors to provide detailed disclosures to prospective franchisees and place limits on a franchisor’s contractual right to terminate or refuse to renew a franchise agreement. Yet, legislators and judges sometimes misconstrue the franchise relationship to the detriment of franchising as a business model. 

Tom Pitegoff and other members of LeClairRyan’s Franchise Industry team keep readers informed about judicial, legislative and business changes affecting franchising as they unfold. Written with a pro-franchise voice, the team’s blog posts offer honest opinions about the issues affecting the franchise industry, sage advice to promote franchise practices that are profitable both for franchisors and franchisees, and support for legislative changes that will improve the business of franchising.

To read the blog, visit http://www.franchisealchemy.com

Information Counts: Connecting the Dots in the Information Age by Providing Commentary on What Counts

Edited by LeClairRyan shareholder John Hutchins, a recognized leader in the field of Information Technology and Intellectual Property and a veteran in the field of Privacy & Data Security, Information Counts helps businesses better understand and successfully navigate the issues they are facing on the front lines of our data-driven world.

This blog features content provided by a cross-disciplinary group of LeClairRyan lawyers from the Firm’s Data Privacy & Security, Intellectual Property & Technology, and Internet & e-Commerce practice teams. As such, it offers readers insightful information about the technological changes related to privacy, data security, information technology, outsourcing, e-commerce, the internet, social media, cloud computing, big data and information management.

Written in a casual voice and an easy-to-understand format, Information Counts provides useful strategies geared toward business of all types and sizes. Our goal is to be a source for insight and thought leadership, and our lawyers aim to help our readers stay ahead of the curve.

To read the blog, visit http://www.informationcounts.com/

LTC Counsel: Providing Insights & Commentary on Management & Legal Issues for Long Term Care Providers

The population of long term care residents is booming in America, as the elderly are living longer and fewer family members are able to care for their loved ones at home. Now more than ever, long term care facilities and their management companies are faced with complex legal issues that require proactive measures.

Members of LeClairRyan’s Long Term Care Industry team help readers navigate myriad issues related to the daily operations of skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, retirement communities and independent living facilities. Always providing practical advice in a conversational tone, blog authors delve into topics related to corporate law, employment law, regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisition, real estate and litigation. Learn about what content should be included in admission agreements and incident reports, the types of entities that prey on long term care facilities and what to do about it, what to do when responsible parties do not pay their family member’s monthly invoice, what can be included in social media and e-mails to family, what to do when background checks of new employees reveal criminal activity, and much more. Our attorneys will also discuss regulatory requirements associated with mergers and acquisitions and real estate issues that surface when existing buildings are repurposed for use as long term care facilities.

To read the blog, visit http://www.ltccounsel.com

Marketplace Shift: Understanding the Legal & Regulatory Developments Impacting a New Era of Financial Innovation

More and more companies are taking advantage of compelling new lending and capital-raising opportunities -- from crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending to alternative online financing. Nonetheless, the rapidly evolving world of marketplace funding comes with many unresolved legal questions and considerations. A statutory framework has been adopted at the federal level in the U.S., but market participants are awaiting the adoption of rules and regulations by the SEC around which markets can develop.

LeClairRyan’s Marketplace Shift blog helps readers navigate the FinTech world with posts that explain applicable laws related to financial services lending and regulation, consumer financial protection, securities and capital markets. Led by Jay Spruill, leader of our firm’s marketplace funding industry team, editorial board members employ a conversational tone and advise readers how to take advantage of innovative fundraising opportunities in the most effective manner possible.

To read the blog, visit http://www.marketplaceshift.com

Virginia Community Association Law Blog: Virginia's Premier Legal Blog for Condominium & Homeowner's Associations

The legal challenges associated with forming, registering, operating and managing effective community associations are manifold, touching upon many aspects of state and federal law.

Members of LeClairRyan's Community Association Industry team help readers navigate this complex territory by sharing their insights on the myriad of issues affecting homeowner and condominium associations of all sizes and levels of sophistication.

While some postings address issues related to Virginia community association law, the authors also skillfully explain how various federal laws and regulations apply to community association development and operations.

To read the blog, visit http://www.virginiacommunityassociationlaw.com