Tuesday Tips: Listening Well

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Do You Hear What I Hear? When a client meets with an attorney for the first time, the client is often stressed and emotional.  That’s natural. Many clients have later reported that they can’t remember what was said or done at the meeting. If you’re that client, what can you do?  There are several things you can try. Make a …

Tuesday Tip: Efficiency

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Avoiding Phone Tag Everyone knows how unproductive telephone tag is, not to mention frustrating.  At one time or another, we all get caught up in calling, missing the other person, leaving a message, waiting for a return call and missing the return call, and then starting over. Here are three things you can do to short-circuit phone tag.  (1) Leave …

Tuesday Tip: Phone Calls

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Plan Ahead If you want to save some time and money on your divorce, plan your phone calls to your lawyer before you pick up a phone. Organize your thoughts.  Write down all the questions you can think of.  Try to figure out solutions ahead of time and then you can discuss them with your lawyer. Sometimes it’s hard to …

What Does it Take to Finish?

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A couple of days ago, I got a call from a woman who was upset because her divorce was taking a long time to finish.  She had an attorney (not me), but was thinking about changing because the divorce wasn’t finished up. She thought by now, it should be over. I found out that she had filed, temporary orders had …

What’s My Worst Possible Outcome?

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In almost every attorney-client relationship, there needs to be more and better communication. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), attorneys can’t read their clients’ minds.  We can sometimes anticipate questions, but we can’t always provide reassurance and information without being asked questions. At some point in almost every case, a client will wonder what the worst outcome could be for their case.  …

Do You Need an Attorney for a Temporary Orders Hearing?

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Yes! This will be a short post.  I hear from people all the time who have gotten served with papers and went to a Temporary Hearing without an attorney. Why without an attorney?  It usually is a lack of money, short notice or not knowing who to contact.  What can happen?  You can be kicked out of the house.  You …

Why You Shouldn’t Be a Jerk!

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Some people just can’t help it.  They are jerks.  I prefer to think that anyone and everyone can behave well if they choose to.  For some, it takes a lot of concentration, and then some occasional backtracking to undo an initially rude or inappropriate reaction.  I believe that almost everyone can act right, if encouraged and reminded, and if they …

Choosing a Compatible Attorney

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Family law litigation is one of the most serious and important activities you can participate in. A few people try to handle such matters without an attorney, but that is generally ill advised. The issues are rarely simple and common sense often isn’t enough to navigate through the court system. If you are facing divorce or other family law litigation, …

10 Tips for Enhancing Your Relationship with Your Attorney

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Hiring an attorney and joining in litigation (or Collaboration) is a serious matter. I, and others, have written about how to choose an attorney to hire. After you have crossed that threshold, both you and your attorney should work to maintain a good working relationship. In the interest of better serving clients, here is a list of 10 tips for …

Getting a “Quiet” Divorce

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There are quiet divorces and then there are the ones you hear too much about — the celebrities with their binges and affairs caught on film, tape and the Internet, and your friends and relatives who go through the gauntlet fighting against all odds against the most overbearing spouse imaginable. You hear the horror stories all the time, but it …