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Surfing the ‘net--legal resources online

This year, I decided to write my annual article1 on doing legal research on the Internet. I have access to the ‘net and I have the test version of Internet Law Library and my malpractice carrier sent me Counsel Connect and Lawyers Legal Research Online, so I figured I had a good start. At least I thought I did. I sat down at my computer the Saturday before the article was due in Carson City to load Counsel Connect (I got it quite some time ago, but between the legislative session and PLD2, I just haven’t had time to load it). I loaded it. It loaded and then I got to the part where it asked for a password. I looked through the documentation which said that the password would be on the box with the disks. What box. My disks came in a folder with the documentation. Maybe I got clever and put it with my other passwords and user access codes! No such luck. Maybe I put it in my Rolodex. No such luck. Maybe I had a file made for Counsel Connect. No such luck. Maybe I can call the support staff. Sorry, they closed one hour ago.

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Special administrators and guardians ad litem

When a party to a lawsuit lacks capacity to bring the suit themselves, the attorney is required to bring the suit (or defend the suit) through a representative. Most commonly, that representative is a Special Administrator or a Guardian ad Litem. A Special Administrator stands in the shoes of a deceased individual; a Guardian ad Litem stands in for a child or an incompetent adult.

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Planning for Solo Practitioners

Sometimes I think that I spent too much time as a Girl Scout. Besides leaving me with an obsession for Thin Mints, I think it left me with an obsession for planning. My two latest planning obsessions are what to do with my office when I retire or if I am dead or disabled. The second is the “go box”. When I actually figure out what to put in the “go box”, I’ll detail that.

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Personal jurisdiction by way of the internet

The Internet is a pervasive presence in current life. It provides information, communication and a myriad of legal issues because of its presence. Where does a cyberspace communication begin? Where does it exist? Who has access? Who can claim a copyright or trademark in cyberspace? These are the some of the issues that are on the legal horizon. More practically, can a party obtain jurisdiction over another party for purposes of litigation by the out-of-state party’s Internet usage? If so, how? How are the due process tests met?

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NTLA bill draft review committee

On the Playground of Carson City with the Gang of 63

In the 2005 session of the Nevada Legislature, there were 1459 Bill Draft Requests which resulted in 560 Assembly Bills and 511 Senate Bills. This is an average of 17 bills per legislator. This does not include concurrent resolutions, joint resolutions, joint bills or initiatives.

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