Entries by Shirish Gupta

It’s cheaper to pay for gas than to pay to charge a hybrid EV

In 2014, we purchased a Plug-In Prius Hybrid.  Since then, we’ve been dutifully plugging it in every chance we get and loving whenever the display shows we got 999 MPG for our trip.  But from an economical perspective, it doesn’t make financial sense to pay to charge the car, especially given current gas prices. First, […]

Startup Law Firm FAQs

Here are some of the more frequent questions I get and my responses: Sole Proprietorship Q: If I’m a sole proprietorship, do I need to file anything with the California Secretary of State? A: No.  Sole proprietorships are not regulated by the Secretary of State.   Q: If I’m a sole proprietorship, do I need to […]

Common Attorney Fee Disputes & Solutions

As part of my practice at JAMS, I mediate and arbitrate attorney fee disputes throughout California. Here are some of the more common issues I encounter: Charging for Copying the Client’s File Issue: When the client asks for her file, the attorney will make a copy and give the client the original.  Some attorneys, however, charge […]

10 Common vcard Mistakes

Just as a business professional needs a good website, she needs a good vcard.  While entering 30+ business cards into my contacts one morning, it became apparent that people need a primer on vcards.  So here goes: What’s a vcard? A vcard is short for virtual business card (here’s mine).  The beauty of a vcard is that it […]

A Guide Buying/Leasing an EV/HEV in California

In September 2014, our 11 year old sedan was rear-ended and totaled.  But for the accident, we would have kept that fully paid off 20 MPG car for another 3-5 years. Faced with a 30-day deadline to buy a new car, we embarked on a thorough search of the internet, Facebook friends, in-person friends and local dealerships.  Living in the […]

Mediation Statements

Please don’t submit your complaint or MSJ as your mediation statement. To give me an idea of what the fight is about, please exchange and email me mediation statements (5 pages max) a week before the mediation. They should: List who will be attending the mediation and their title/relationship to the matter. Describe briefly the substance of […]

Judges Who Tweet

Even though California is the home of Facebook, Twitter and Google+, California judicial officers are only now starting to tweet.  (If you find any who do, please let me know.)  By contrast, sitting judges at the state trial, appellate and Supreme Court levels in Southern states actively tweet. Their posts are often political (possibly because state […]

Voluntarily Closing a Law Practice in California

The following resource aims to help California lawyers close their practices, whether you’re a Baby Boomer lawyer retiring, a Great Recession graduate who became an involuntary solo but is now finding a job, or about to be elevated to the bench. This article is written in conjunction with presentations I’ve given in 2014 on behalf of CEB (Continuing Education for […]

The Winners of the 2014 World Cup Challenge

Congratulations to Salil Bali and his charity, Grameen Foundation, for winning my inaugural World Cup Challenge.  A donation of $250 has been made in Salil’s name to Grameen Foundation. Salil won by correctly picking Germany to win and The Oranje (aka The Netherlands) to come in 3rd. For those suffering withdrawals from 3-a-day matches, see the top 15 goals […]