Office Memo Essay

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Pages: 7

List these headings in your memo. Please do not forget to list the headings - Facts, Issue and Short Answer, Analysis, Counter-Argument, Rebuttal, and Conclusion.
The office memo combines your ability to explain the law along with your ability to apply the law. In the Office Memo, you make a determination of the likely outcome based upon your review of the law and the facts in a case.
In the memo, you will write about the facts in a client's case and the law pertaining to the client's case. Most importantly, you will apply the law to the client's situation. Further, you will learn to anticipate what the opposing side's position will be and how to address the issues raised by the opposing
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2 starts with the applicable legal rule from the Maryland Worker's Compensation Act. The next sentences then tell the reader about the legal standards and principles that apply to the topic of casual employee. These sentences inform the reader that the tests for casual employee come from the courts and give the specific criteria. Note the transition words additionally and finally. Also note how the term casual employee is repeated in each of the criteria sentences. This is a focus device. | |

| Applying these criteria, the Maryland Court of Appeals decided in Winters v. Payne that the worker was a regular employee rather than a casual employee. Therefore, the worker was entitled to workers' compensation benefits. The employer, Winters, had a part-time home improvement business. He received a contract to paint an apartment building and offered to pay Payne to help him with the painting until the job was finished. Payne said that Winters had told him that in addition to painting that building, he had other work that Payne could do when the painting job was completed. A different conclusion was reached in Leonard v. Fantasy Imports, Inc.; the Maryland Court of Special Appeals concluded that the worker was a casual employee. The worker, Leonard, was injured while he was working on a car for a customer of Fantasy Imports, a business that sold and serviced expensive imported cars. In the past, he had performed clerical tasks for the owner of Fantasy