The first video I made several years ago is called “How to Choose A Lawyer.” Here is what I said which still applies. First, you want to make sure that your attorney is qualified. Second, you want to see if you like the attorney’s personality and if you think they’re a good match for you. Third, you want to look at their business practices and procedures. Fourth, you want to have a feeling you can trust your attorney to do the right thing for you when you aren’t there. ARE THEY QUALIFIED? Choosing a lawyer can be a difficult and maybe overwhelming experience. There are so many choices and so many options. Of course you want your attorney to be qualified. You need to have an attorney who is qualified in the area of law, that your issue is in. Try to know and try to understand what area of law it is …Continue reading →
Choosing a lawyer can be a difficult and potentially overwhelming experience, especially if you do not even know one! To help ease the search, there are four key areas to take into consideration. This will help you find an attorney who is the best fit for you. First, you want to make sure your attorney is qualified. Second, you want to see if you like the attorney’s personality and think they are a good match for you. Third, you want to look at their business practices and procedures. And fourth, you want to find an attorney you can trust to do the right thing, with or without you present. 1. Are They Qualified? You need to have an attorney who is qualified in the same area of law as your legal issue. Try to know and understand which area of law it is you need representation. When you are evaluating an …Continue reading →
Not only during your divorce action, will you be required to repeatedly complete budgets and provide financial documentation, but you will also be allowed to ask questions to your soon to be ex-spouse. These written discovery requests are called Interrogatories, Requests for Production of Documents or Things and, sometimes Requests for Admission are sent. However, it is usually well before this stage that some judicial districts require other disclosures as well. You should consult to check with an attorney on local rules, however, in Tulsa County or the 14th Judicial District which serves Tulsa and Pawnee Counties. The current Rule is called “DR 5.” It is Domestic Court Rule 5, and it states: RULE DR 5. Discovery 1. Within twenty (20) days of the date of service of summons or no later than 48 hours before the temporary order hearing, whichever is earlier, both parties shall exchange copies of the following …Continue reading →
Judicial Order of Proper Conduct It is difficult for many to adjust to the new separate lives divorcing spouses begin. Whether custody is agreed between the parents, and especially if contested it is important to know the standards of behavior adopted by the Courts. In high risk divorces, or ones that are particularly litigious, Courts usually enter a Judicial Order of Proper Conduct. Click here to read it. It is not just important in highly contested cases, with parents who argue and cannot agree on issues between each other and their children, but they are also good standards for all parents to keep in mind when divorcing. Remember: children blame themselves often for divorces, but it is the conflict they see which is most damaging. Please review these basic standards of behaviour in divorce actions with children as described in the Judicial Order of Proper Conduct. It can help you understand …Continue reading →
Automobile, Trucking, Commercial Vehicle, Motorcycle, Pedestrian & Multi-Vehicle Accidents We handle serious accidents on the road. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in accident, or even killed, please give us a call to discuss your matter. Remember, there are two aspects in claims: 1. Liability & 2. Damages. Be prepared to discuss these issues. If your accident for us to discuss involves a death of a loved one, ascertain whether that deceased individual left a Will or had a Trust, as well as the names of all possible heirs at-law for us to discuss. We can handle such a claims and address the best course, as to whether a probate action should be filed to establish an Estate. And, remember, if you think you are getting the run around from another party’s insurance company, you probably are. Insurance companies make money by not paying claims, delaying …Continue reading →
Oklahoma Basic Marital Property Law Oklahoma courts are required to make an equitable division of property acquired during a marriage. Tigert vs. Tigert, 1979 OK CIV APP 14, ¶6. “An equitable division, however, does not require an equal division.” Id. The Oklahoma trial courts are vested with wide discretion in dividing property, so much so that an abuse of discretion is required to reverse. Further, if the trial court decision can be justified under any theory, whether raised by any party or not, the appellate court will also affirm. Silverstein vs. Silverstein, 1987 OK CIV APP 87, ¶17. Foremost to any property division is the determination of separate versus marital property, then the Oklahoma courts consider a variety of legal precedents and the facts specific to each case for an equitable division.