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independent legal advice, legal research


This third edition includes the analysis of over 250 new decisions with excerpts highlighting important legal reasoning and principles. Along with the standard detailed table of contents, table of cases, and index, it offers the reader ample material to pursue further research on subtopics of independent legal advice (ILA) through extensive footnotes. Tjaden organizes each chapter in approximately the same way, beginning with an introduction to ILA as it relates to the area of law, a summary of jurisprudence reflecting both support for and criticism of the provision of ILA in certain circumstance, practical advice for lawyers, and, a new feature in the third edition, curated lists of research references at the end of each chapter.

Tjaden’s dual role as lawyer and law librarian has given him keen insight into the systematic categorization of information in such a way as to simplify the navigation by his target audience. This includes lawyers, judges, law students and, presumably, the law librarians who inevitably assist these groups with their research. Tjaden’s background in legal research has driven him to compile an impressively comprehensive collection of “all relevant statutory and judicial authority on the topic of independent legal advice”.

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