Arkansas Law Blog

Criminal Law

What Does it Mean to be "Intoxicated"?

Arkansas-DWI

This is the first post in what we hope to be an ongoing (and informative!) series: Arkansas DWI Answers. As Arkansas DWI attorneys, our goal is simply to answer the most common questions about Arkansas DWI and DUI in plain English so you can understand your options. (And hire us, of course, but first you need to know what you’re…

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Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

Entertaining Criminals of July 2014

Robs the place; returns for lunch A man suspected of burglarizing an El Pollo Loco in Costa Mesa, California, has been arrested after he returned to the restaurant for a meal a few hours after the robbery. Daniel Lee Warn, 28, was arrested Wednesday when he tried to order food at the restaurant, because employees recognized him from the security footage of…

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Family Law

The Quick, Easy, and Cheap Arkansas Divorce

I talk to a lot of people who need divorces. Everyone wants them to be quick and easy, and most want them to be cheap. To that end, many of these people don’t have much money and want advice about whether they can complete their divorce without an attorney. As it turns out, many of them, frankly, don’t need me…

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Family Law

Grandparent Visitation in Arkansas

  If you want to understand the law, you have to understand this: It’s about striking a balance between competing interests (or rights, as the case may be). The law surrounding grandparent visitation in Arkansas is an excellent example of how this balance works—and why achieving this balance can be so difficult. On one hand, you have parents and their…

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Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

July 2014 MEE Subjects

In the spirit of ongoing generosity (and remembering how incredibly stressful that studying for the Bar was), here are my predictions for the MEE section of the July 2014 Bar: 1) a Civ Pro question (surprise there always is); 2) I’m 50/50 on Family Law, and Contracts; 3) Wills (No Trusts); 4)  Commercial Paper (No Secured Transactions); 5) No Constitutional or…

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Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

Bowen Law School Makes "Best Value" List

As a recent graduate of UALR’s William H. Bowen School of Law, I feel comfortable saying that Bowen students aren’t usually excited about law school rankings. Until someone decides to publish a list that ranks something like “Proximity to Malvern, Arkansas,” “Likelihood to be Attacked by a Goose,” or “Weirdest Yard Sculpture,” Bowen is unlikely to rank anywhere near the…

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Family Law

Common Law Marriage in Arkansas?

One of the worst parts of my job is that I often have to be the bearer of bad news. Recently, a woman called my office for information about receiving some of her partner’s retirement benefits. She was convinced that because she had lived with her partner for nineteen years, she had a “common law marriage” and should be treated…

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Family Law

How to Establish Paternity

I talk to a lot of dads—many of whom have fathered children outside of marriage. When they ask about their rights (How to set up visitation, Can I keep the mother from moving away, etc.), they are inevitably surprised to learn that they have virtually no rights. Until they go to court and establish paternity, they are about as important…

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Family Law

What is a "Transparenting Class?"

The divorce and child custody process always requires one to navigate two important policy concerns: 1) We don’t want people to have to jump through unnecessary hoops to get divorced. 2) Most people need help in working together to co-parent. There’s no clear answer to this conundrum, but the legislature’s answer is at at least workable: Ark. Code Ann. §…

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Estate Planning

Comprehensive Estate Planning – Your Legacy

When most Arkansans think of estate planning, the only objective they have in mind is to transfer assets and belongings  to the people and organizations they want to have them after they die. They also consider the possible delay (probate) and costs (fees and taxes) and want to decrease both of those. That is a correct purpose. But great estate…

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