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Practice Support

The Practice Support section of FindLaw's Law Firm Management Center provides free resources related to financial issues encountered by solo and small law firm practices. Selecting business vendors and service providers such as Experts and Expert Witnesses, Document Preparation services, Investigators, and Litigation Support professionals is important to the success of your cases and your law firm. Working with the right litigation and practice support professionals can make all the difference. As a small business owner, you need the right information to make decisions that impact your law practice. Browse, read, and share FindLaw's collection of articles, tips and lists that focus on Practice Support.

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  • Legal Administrators

    When it comes to management at law firms, management does not simply refer to case management. It is also connotes the fact that law firms are businesses. However, most lawyers are not specifically trained to handle the business side and would prefer to stick to the legal matters.

    Whose Side Are Expert Witnesses On?

    May an expert witness switch sides in a lawsuit? Unlike the lawyers in a case, no rule expressly stops an expert from "hopping the fence". After all, the expert's allegiance is to the truth, not to any one party, right?


    How to Connect with Today's Jury

    Lawyers who communicate clearly to jury members tend to present a more effective case. But are there forces in play, today, that make it harder to communicate to any jury?

    Prepping an Expert Witness: How Far Is Too Far?

    At what point does preparing an expert to testify cross over into coaching? And at what point does coaching cross the line into unethical activity?


    Attorney Code of Expert Ethics Updated

    What follows is an updated version of a proposed code of ethics for attorneys dealing with experts.

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    The Ethics of Hiring Experts You Don't Plan to Use

    Do lawyers ever retain experts just to lock them out from being hired by the other side? If so, is the tactic fair play in the hardball game of litigation? Or are lawyers who would do this, as one court suggested, short on scruples?


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