Category: The Business of Law

H.O. Lock opines on litigation

I often tell clients, “litigation is a blunt instrument,” and encourage efforts to come to a fair settlement before the expenses of a lawsuit mount up.  In 1946 Henry Osmond Lock (1879-1962), a Dorsetshire solicitor (his father represented the author Thomas Hardy), published a short volume entitled “Advice to a Young Solicitor,” distilling 40 years of experience at the bar into sound recommendations for the young lawyer.  Here is his more elegant paragraph on the topic:

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“You may take it that in almost all cases of civil proceedings, the commencement of litigation is preceded by a course of negotiation.  Then is the time that it may be well to ‘agree with thine adversary quickly while thou art in the way with him.’ A fair and reasonable settlement is often more satisfactory than an action fought out to the bitter end, even though the outcome be a verdict in your client’s favour.  A successful litigant has many expenses to shoulder himself, and many an apparent triumph secured in the Courts of Law has in the end proved to be but a Pyrrhic Victory.”

Do you need a license to manage your own real estate? If it isn’t all yours, you might

You can manage your own real estate without a license. But what if you own it through a limited liability company, or a family trust, or as tenants in common with others? Last month the Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed the Real Estate Agency’s determination that if you’re receiving compensation for managing the property, you might be violating the law.  Read our article on LinkedIn for more:

Alterman Law Group attends the Real Property, Trusts & Estates Section meeting in Puerto Rico

Two years after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, much has been repaired. Much work remains. The Real Property, Trusts & Estates Section of the American Bar Association was proud to support the recovery efforts by bringing our Fall Leadership meeting to San Juan this month.

Alterman Law Group contributed, in a small way, by sending our entire legal team to the conference. (That’s less grand than it sounds: our firm has two lawyers.)  The Puerto Rican people were as warm and inviting as the sandy beaches and the restaurants of San Juan, and they hope that their fellow Americans will again come to visit and enjoy the island.