Interviewing and Investigation for Paralegals

ISBN-10: 0131118919
ISBN-13: 9780131118911
Edition: 2006
Authors: Jodi G. McMaster
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Description: The most thorough approach to teaching paralegals, and other law office professionals, how to interview and conduct investigations, this book incorporates over 200 figures of real law documents including dozens of real depositions. Book jacket.

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Book details

List price: $146.40
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 5/26/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

The most thorough approach to teaching paralegals, and other law office professionals, how to interview and conduct investigations, this book incorporates over 200 figures of real law documents including dozens of real depositions. Book jacket.

Preface
The Law Office Environment
Introduction
Law Office Categories
By Size
By Practice
The Role of the Paralegal
Other Support Staff
Ethical Issues
Evidentiary Issues
Getting Organized
Filing
Timetables/Calendaring
Running Tallies: Costs, Damages, Billing
Chapter Summary
For Further Reading
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Fill in the Blanks
Web Work
Working the Brain
Putting It to Work
The Client: Plaintiff's Perspective
Introduction
Ethical Issues
Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL)
Conflicts of Interest
Ethical or Chinese Wall
Evidentiary Issues
Attorney-Client Privilege
Attorney Work Product
An Initial Client Call
The Initial Interview
Objectives
Preparation
Manner
Techniques
Content
Contingency Fee Contracts
Hourly Billing and Retainers
Wrapping It Up
Client Contact
Background Checks
Finding Potential Defendants
Chapter Summary
For Further Reading
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Fill in the Blanks
Web Work
Working the Brain
Putting It to Work
The Client: Defendant's Perspective
Introduction
Ethical Issues
Dual Representation
Evidentiary Issues
Rule 403
Hearsay
Party-Opponent Admissions
The Initial Interview
Emotional Baggage and Venting
Nonverbal Communication
Using the Complaint
The Paperwork
Follow-up
Chapter Summary
For Further Reading
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Fill in the Blanks
Web Work
Working the Brain
Putting It to Work
The Opposing Party
Introduction
Ethical Issues
No Contact Rule
Representation of Corporations
Evidentiary Issues
Propensity Evidence and Prior Bad Acts
Habit Evidence
Informal Investigation
Surveillance
Discovery
Discovery for Parties Only
Depositions: Discovery for Everybody
Foreign Opposing Parties
Working with Opposing Counsel and Staff
Chapter Summary
For Further Reading
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Fill in the Blanks
Web Work
Working the Brain
Putting It to Work
Fact Witnesses
Introduction
Ethical Issues
Disclosure
Tape Recording
Evidentiary Issues
Privileges
Exceptions to Privileges
Finding Witnesses
The Courthouse
The DMV
The Internet
The United States Postal Service (USPS)
Paying for Help
Interviews
Practical Considerations
What to Tell
What to Ask
How to Ask
The Witness Who Knows Nothing
Witness Statements
Witness Summaries
Cost Considerations
Chapter Summary
For Further Reading
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Fill in the Blanks
Web Work
Working the Brain
Putting It to Work
Special Issues with Witnesses
Introduction
Ethical Issues
Client Wishes and the Incompetent Client
Evidentiary Issues
Witness Competency
Children
Elderly Clients or Witnesses
Disabled or Impaired Clients or Witnesses
Hearing Impairments
Vision Impairments
Mobility Impairments
General Issues
Language Barriers
Cultural Barriers and Racism
Chapter Summary
For Further Reading
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Fill in the Blanks
Web Work
Brain Work
Putting It to Work
Documentary Evidence
Introduction
Ethical Issues
Rambo Litigators
Evidentiary Issues
Business Records Exception
Authentication
Informal Methods
Releases and Other Requests
FOIA
Formal Methods
Request for Production
Depositions
Deposition by Written Questions
Calling Witness at Trial
Automobile Accident Report
Medical Records
Chapter Summary
For Further Reading
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Fill in the Blanks
Web Work
Working the Brain
Putting It to Work
E-Documents and Other Computer Discovery Issues
Introduction
Metadata
E-mail
Cost Issues
Protective Orders and Spoliation
Death Penalty Sanctions
Chapter Summary
For Further Reading
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Fill in the Blanks
Web Work
Working the Brain
Putting It to Work
Background Resources
Introduction
Ethical Issues
Evidentiary Issues
Sources
Government Sources
Government Sources: FOIA Reading Rooms
Market Reports and Other Commercial Publications
Reference Books and Other Learned Treatises
Chapter Summary
For Further Reading
Chapter Review
Fill in the Blanks
Key Terms
Web Work
Working the Brain
Putting It to Work
Expert Witnesses
Introduction
Ethical Issues
Evidentiary Issues
Finding Experts
Evaluating Experts
Cost Considerations
Use of Experts
Purely Consulting
Consulting/Testifying
In-House Experts
Discovery and Opposing Experts
Chapter Summary
For Further Reading
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Fill in the Blanks
Web Work
Working the Brain
Putting It to Work
Real and Demonstrative Evidence
Real Evidence
Demonstrative Evidence
Ethical Issues
Evidentiary Issues
Obtaining and Authenticating Physical Evidence
Preservation, Inspection, Testing, and Spoliation Issues
What, When, and How of Demonstrative Evidence
Charts and Timelines
Documents
Photographs and Videotapes
Computer Animation
Chapter Summary
For Further Reading
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Fill in the Blanks
Web Work
Working the Brain
Putting It to Work
Witness Preparation
Introduction
Ethical Issues
Evidentiary Issues
Preparing Witnesses to Testify
Jury Consultants
General Stress Reduction Techniques
Chapter Summary
For Further Reading
Chapter Review
Key Terms
Fill in the Blanks
Web Work
Brain Work
Putting It to Work
Ending the Litigation
Introduction
Ethical Issues
Evidentiary Issues
Parties with Interest in the Outcome
Physical or Mental Health Care Lienholders
Mechanics/Materialmen
Taxing Entities
Settlement Presentations
Mediation Presentations
Trial Preparation
Trial Notebook
Jury Selection
Introduction of Evidence
Post-Trial Jury Canvassing
Chapter Summary
For Further Reading
Chapter Review
Fill in the Blanks
Key Terms
Web Work
Working the Brain
Putting It to Work
Glossary
Index

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