Category Archive for "Business"

O.J. in the Eye of the Beholder

Have you seen the ads yet for the upcoming FX TV miniseries, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story? Here in Los Angeles, we’ve been bombarded by posters for the show, which features O.J. Simpson covering both eyes – his left hand encased in the infamous leather glove; the…






How to Stay Sane in Crazy-Making Legal Disputes

In between sane and certifiable – there is room… and it’s often a courtroom. As someone who specializes in knock down, drag out legal brawls, I have seen it all. It’s perhaps an understatement to say that disputes bring out the worst in people, but sometimes it’s just the way…






How to Successfully Loan Money to Family and Friends

Over the holidays, I saw the movie Sisters, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. In it, they each play a stereotypical character: Poehler is Maura Ellis, the “perfect” sister, and Fey is Kate Ellis, the “other” sister (READ: irresponsible). Kate is flat broke, and inevitably asks both her sister and…






4 Reasons NOT to Lend Money to Family and Friends

Would you loan money to a family member or close friend? I’ll bet you would – in fact, according to ConsumerCredit.com, 93% of respondents to a recent survey would loan money to a family member in need and 66% would float a good friend that’s fallen on hard times. In…






The Power of Small Claims Court

Sometimes we find ourselves cast as David against a corporate Goliath. You might not recognize the battle as such, but believe me, we all unwittingly (or sometimes perhaps knowingly) enter the ring all the time when we sign on the dotted line or even just click on the “accept” box…






8 Essential Rules for Going Into Business With Family

We’re a week away from the kickoff of the holiday season – Thanksgiving – and so thoughts inevitably turn not just to fowl, fixin’s, and football, but also to that other big “F” word – FAMILY. You may find yourself talking turkey with your brother about a fabulous business idea…