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  • How Do I Choose The Right Attorney?

    || 20-Feb-2017

    I am often asked if I am the “right attorney” for a case. There are so many attorneys available and most people don’t know who to call unless they have called based upon a referral. It is always hard to know if you are calling the best attorney to hire from a web page, when so many attorneys are advertising. Finding the “right attorney” can be a daunting task. I ...
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 13-Feb-2017

    Always treat a Judge and Court personnel with the utmost respect, as it will help you get your goals accomplished more easily. Your attorney always will know when and how hard to push an issue with a judge. Sometimes it is better to walk away to fight another day.
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 6-Feb-2017

    If you have court during the winter always plan ahead for parking and arrive early. Snowstorms often cause piles of snow and limit the amount of parking available at various courthouses. The earlier you arrive the more time you will have to locate parking and arrive on time for your court appearance.
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 30-Jan-2017

    If you are nervous about being in court it is always ok to bring a friend for emotional support. Whether you are appearing in Family Court or a Criminal Court sometimes waiting to hear about the unknown is the most stressful part. Having a friend with you can make the stress more manageable and let you have a second pair of ears and eyes to help you understand what your lawyer is doing and what is ...
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 23-Jan-2017

    If you have phone numbers or a calendar of events in your phone that you may need while in court, print out this information. Cell phones are not allowed in the courtrooms and as such if the information is printed out you won’t have to worry about asking for permission to use a phone, which may be denied. It is always better to have the information accessible and not need it than need it and ...
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 16-Jan-2017

    Always bring a pen and paper to court. You will more than likely be writing down dates for schedules or court dates that will occur in the future. This simple measure will save money from having to call your attorney’s office and will ensure that you don’t miss your next court date.
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 9-Jan-2017

    If you are scheduled to sit in court for a prolonged period of time such as a trial bring an extra sweater or wear a suit jacket. Most courtrooms are kept on the cooler side and when you are sitting for significant periods of time without being able to move around many people get cold.
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 3-Jan-2017

    If you have retained an attorney on a criminal case always arrive early for Court. Most Judges will call privately retained attorneys before all other cases.
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 27-Dec-2016

    Always keep your attorney notified of any changes in your address or phone number. If you don’t you might miss important messages from the court as well as your attorney regarding changes in your court date or information.
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  • What Happens If I Don't Respond To A Discovery Demand?

    || 22-Dec-2016

    If you fail to answer a discovery demand you could be precluded from entering evidence, witnesses or testimony at the time of trial. Always respond and always keep your discovery response as up to date as possible. If you do miss a discovery date file the documentation with the opposing party as soon as possible to avoid delays that could cause prejudice to the other side.
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 19-Dec-2016

    Always write down your court date while you are in court. Things happen fast in the courtroom, but you will always be given the opportunity to write the next date down. If you miss the next court date because you forgot or made a mistake the consequences could be serious enough so that you would lose the case or have a warrant issued for your arrest.
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  • What Is Discovery?

    || 15-Dec-2016

    As an attorney I am often asked "what is discovery?" This is the legal method of exchanging paperwork and documentation that will be admitted into evidence at the time of trial so no one is unfairly prejudiced at the time of trial with the admission of documents. In a family court case discovery cannot occur without court permission.
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 12-Dec-2016

    Always abide by a Family Court order of protection, as they are just as enforceable as criminal orders of protection. This means that violations of Orders of Protections in Family Court are punishable by imprisonment of up to seven years or being placed on probation.
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  • If you have a valid custody and visitation order and the other parent does not return a child immediately go to a lawyer or directly to the court to file a petition. These orders are enforceable under the law and judges often take a dim view of a parents attempt to utilize “self help” by refusing to abide by a custody and visitation order.
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 17-Oct-2016

    If you have kids then make a will. Even a simple will can make it known what your wishes are for how your estate will pass to your children. If you have a life insurance policy or other assets that may pass to your underage children, you may want to consider a trust and trustee to protect the asset from being dissipated by children who don’t know any better.
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 10-Oct-2016

    Make copies of all your important documents. Scan them and store them in the cloud if you don’t have a fireproof safe. Just make sure that anytime you store important information in the Cloud that it is properly protected. Make sure one person that you trust implicitly knows where the information is stored. If no one knows where it is, if something happens to you, they will not know where to ...
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 3-Oct-2016

    Unless you are otherwise specified, use blue ink to sign an original document. Then you will always know which “copy” is the original.
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 26-Sep-2016

    If you have retained an attorney make sure you save that attorneys information in your phone. You never know when you are going to need it.
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 19-Sep-2016

    When you decide to list your home for sale, don’t go to the first attorney your real estate agents sends you to. Before your home sells call up a few attorneys. Get prices, and go with the one you feel the most comfortable with. Making the decision at the last minute simply leads to more stress.
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 12-Sep-2016

    Always be on your best behavior in Court and never show your aggravation to the Judge at what might be the worst ruling ever made by a Judge.
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 5-Sep-2016

    Always be on time to Court. Sometimes you have to hurry up and wait when you get to Court. But you never know when your case could be called first and if you are not there nothing irritates a judge more than a party not being present. Also, you dont want to put your lawyer in a bad situation because their client is missing when the case is called.
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 29-Aug-2016

    Do a defensive driving class to reduce the points on your license or reduce your overall insurance. This is a quick and easy class that can be done online.
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  • Facebook and Orders of Protection

    || 23-Aug-2016

    Most people have a Facebook page. Generally, these pages do not cause any issues for individuals. However, if you have an Order of Protection issued against you the best advice I can give is to block the person who got the Order of Protection against you. This will ensure that information is not accidentally sent out that could violate the terms of the Order of Protection. Sharing a simple memory ...
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 22-Aug-2016

    Always remember to send in your traffic ticket to the Court. If you don’t your license may be suspended and you could be arrested if you are pulled over a second time. No one looks good with the extra jewelry also known as handcuffs.
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  • Tip of the Week

    || 15-Aug-2016

    Don’t use twitter for anything related to your ex or your divorce/child custody litigation. Twitter posts can be used against you and you never know who is seeing them.
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