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COMES NOW The Crappy Litigator Quiz

There is a growing sentiment among young-ish lawyers that legal documents should be attractive and should promote clarity. If you’re not a lawyer, this is probably surprising; after all, shouldn’t all documents be attractive and clear? Why is this a novel idea? Well, I don’t know all the reasons that it’s a novel idea, but it is. Most legal documents…

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Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

Lawsuit Zeus aka the Litigator Crusader, the Duke of Lawsuits, Jonny Sue-Nami, Sue-per-man, and the Patrick Ewing of Suing

What do you if someone has stolen two (2) of your dogs to use in dog fighting, sold those dogs to purchase missiles from Iran, stolen your identity to open up new store account at PetSmart and Doggie Warehouse to purchase food for the illegal dog fighting, used your copyrighted birth name on his football jersey, sworn allegiance to Al-Qaeda,…

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Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

4 Reasons Not to Date a Lawyer

By God’s grace and good fortune, I have never dated any lawyers. But I know many of them (and one very well). That’s why I say it’s my own good fortune that I haven’t dated any. I found this article on the UK eHarmony website entitled “15 Reasons to Date a Lawyer.” The article could easily be a spoof, but there…

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Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

A "New Normal" for Lawyers?

One of my partners Brandon Haubert and I regularly have a “discussion” something like this: Person 1: “How do you think we should do this?” (It could be anything.) Person 2: “Well, I think I saw/read about/heard another lawyer doing it this way.” Person 1: “Oh. But that is inefficient. And it doesn’t provide much value to the client.” Person 2:…

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Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

Warning fellow drivers & the First Amendment

A Missouri federal judge, Henry Edward Autrey, ruled this week and held that drivers have a First Amendment right to flash their headlights to warn other motorists of nearby police and speed traps. The order stems from a lawsuit filed by Ellisville resident Michael Elli. In 2012, Elli flashed his headlights to warn oncoming vehicles of a radar set up…

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Family Law

Rejecting Conflict through Collaborative Law

Two weeks ago, I posted the trailer for the new documentary called “Divorce Corp.” The movie is a stinging indictment of the family-law system in Atlanta, Georgia. As I said then, I don’t think the situation in Arkansas has descended that low. I have not witnessed the widespread corruption and exorbitant fees here, and most of the family lawyers that…

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Elder Law, Estate Planning

Long Term Care: The Steps to Qualify

It happens often to families today. They have to move a family member into a nursing home and it is never easy. You have to take someone out of their comfortable surroundings and move them into an area that they often do not want to go. Nursing home staff try to do the best they can to ease this transition,…

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Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

Rejecting the Solo Practice Straw-Man

Launching a career as a solo practice attorney is risky. And lawyers hate risk. For that reason, then, I guess it’s not much of a surprise that the ABA’s Law Practice Management magazine published this article: “Thinking of Going Solo? Think Carefully.” I am going to be gracious—the article is not helpful. I agree with the author that one should…

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