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No Lawyers Allowed – Discovery Rule Decision Bars Counsel from Observing Evaluation

Posted in Evidence, Practice Issues

The Discovery Rules account for all manner of need for obtaining evidence. Many of these rules are seldom, if ever, utilized by family law attorneys because either they are not germane to a family law case; not permitted by the Divorce Code (i.e. prohibition against discovery in simple support cases), or; family court cases have… Continue Reading

Discovery Master Programs Increase to Handle Volume of E-Discovery

Posted in Evidence, Practice Issues

In nearly every facet of litigation, the issue of electronic discovery and how to manage its production and review is becoming an important issue. This is no different in family law cases. Increasingly, individuals, businesses, and financial institutions are producing discovery via PDFs, hyperlinks to shared databases, and hard drives or cloud access.  The collection… Continue Reading

THE PERIL OF THE OFFICE SERVER

Posted in Divorce, Practice Issues

We learned this week that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have used personal email accounts to transact State Department business.  Chances are you may have read the article and quickly turned back to your office computer to confirm your Saturday night dinner plans or to email your attorney about filing a joint tax… Continue Reading

INTERSTATE DISCOVERY JUST GOT EASIER (MAYBE)

Posted in Practice Issues

 We live in an age when both people and transactions cross state borders more and more often. Evidence concerning what occurred in Pennsylvania is often located outside of the four corners of the Commonwealth and thus, beyond the subpoena power of Pennsylvania Courts.  This is true for all forms of litigation, not just family law.… Continue Reading

Twitter Download Makes Account Production Easy and Risky for Clients

Posted in Custody

  (Image: http://www.opencms.org/en/)   The practice of family law has seen a shift in discovery in recent years with the increased use of social networking sites by clients. There are increasingly easy ways to access and download the histories of websites like Facebook; the implications to clients is what they thought were private comments to “friends” do… Continue Reading