Microsoft Word

How to “quick check” your PDF before eFiling

Bearded man checking his court-friendly PDF document and laptop with pencil in hand

Given the prevalence of eFiling, firms are required to be nearly perfect when submitting their documents to a court. We’ve compiled a last-minute “quick check” to help ensure your next filing is a successful one!

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Explaining fonts in California courts: eFiling and beyond

Typesetting blocks

The font style must be essentially equivalent to Courier, Times New Roman, or Arial. – 2017 California Rules of Court, Rule 2.105 When the focus of your briefs must be the content and conveying vital information to support your case, it can be easy to keep the visual details of the […]

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Shorthand is not dead: The power of effective note taking for legal professionals

note pad

In this age of computers, smartphones, digital voice recorders, and so on is note taking even a necessary skill for legal professionals anymore? Legal professionals attend numerous meetings and rarely show up in the conference room without a notebook (a paper or electronic one), but do they actually take notes, […]

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Don’t write wrong: $10 million lawsuit decided over missing serial comma


Good grammar – following the rules for commas, punctuation, and sentence structure – is considered by many to be essential for effective writing. But in the age of informal writing via texting, social media, and email, does grammar really matter for quality legal writing anymore? Legally speaking, yes it does. […]

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How to use Microsoft Word Styles (a guide for legal professionals)

A well-formatted and -presented legal document can go a long way toward enhancing readability. However, worrying about consistent formatting can seem trivial when it’s the content that really matters. If (like me) you’re a bit of a pedant for a consistently-presented document, then you may have spent a lot of […]

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