Arkansas Law Blog

Civil Law, Criminal Law, Family Law

How Do I Keep Someone Away From Me?

It’s no secret: Family quarrels bring out the worst in people. Many have said that family disputes are usually pretty good people on their worst behavior. In a perfect world, people would have their dispute, reach a reasonable compromise, and then leave each other and each other’s stuff the heck alone. But we do not live in a perfect world—not even

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Family Law

How Can I Terminate Parental Rights?

I have discussed it before, but it’s worth repeating: Family Law has a strange mythology. One of those myths is the myth of terminating your parental rights (or “signing your rights away”). I don’t know where it comes from and—despite my best efforts—I haven’t figured out how to make it go away. This is a big body of knowledge that

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Criminal Law

Do I Have to Take the Standard Field Sobriety Tests?

One of the most common questions I get is whether one should take the Standard Field Sobriety Tests given by police officers. The answer is no. We can all agree, I think, that drunk driving is bad. Buzzed driving is bad. What we don’t agree on, however, is what it means to be drunk. Law enforcement often use Standard Field

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Family Law

4 Things that are NOT in the Best Interest of the Child

There are a lot of concepts that are hard to define. Irony, for instance, is a tough one. Love, too—how do you define a word that can both be used to describe affection for french fries, The Beatles, and your mother? Here’s another concept whose meaning is unclear: The Best Interest of the Child. Everyone knows that it’s the most

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Criminal Law, Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

Jury Trials and Duck Hunting

I never knew I wanted to be a lawyer, I’m still not really sure I do now. However, from around age eight I have been an avid duck hunter.  I have come to find some amazing similarities between being a duck hunter and lawyering, and maybe that is why I keep coming to work each day. In the world of

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Family Law

The Temporary Hearing in Child Custody Cases

If you’re going through an Arkansas divorce or child custody case, you may need to attend a temporary hearing. This is because the process to finalize a case can take a long time. There may be discovery and depositions and experts and spreadsheets and mediations, all of which make the process complicated and time-consuming. And that’s if no one deliberately

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Civil Law, Probate & Estate Administration

Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act. Explained.

Our subject today is the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act. There, I said it. This blog exists for a few different reasons, but this is the biggest one: We want to explain how laws that you otherwise would not know or care about can make your life better. Laws are—after all—yours. You should be able to use them. We

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Family Law

Family Law 101: Don't Do Stupid Stuff on Facebook

There is so much to say about social media and family law—perhaps a small book is in order. I will add that to my list of things to do. In the meantime, however, Facebook has an overlooked option that is a game-changer and deserves its own post. I don’t know that it has a name, but the concept is simple:

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Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

Thoughts on How to Pick Your Local Judge

This is a short article reflecting on how I think about local elections. Specifically, it is my attempt to take my Christian worldview and translate that into a guide for deciding which local politicians I will support. The point of this is to explain that the decision-making process is different for local elections than it would be for a national

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Interesting Legal-Lawyering Stories

Takeaways from UALR Bowen’s Legal Hackathon

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of helping with Bowen Law School’s Legal Innovation Hackathon. (Go here for details.) I was there as a lawyer-advisor, I guess—tasked with helping the teams answer any legal questions they might have. The concept was simple: Tech folks get together and use their skills to solve a legal issue (literally) overnight. There were eight

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