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Penny Wise and Pound Foolish

I had a call the other day from someone who inherited over a million dollars from their father but then bulked at paying $100 for a one hour attorney consult. I instantly thought of the British saying  “penny wise, pound foolish.” This means that someone makes a decision with small amounts of money (pennies) that end up … Continue reading Penny Wise and Pound Foolish

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Why Won’t Anyone Believe Me?

Marcelle Guimaraes, a Houston mother, took her son (age 4) Nico, to Brazil in 2013, and never returned. She’s a fugitive, wanted by the FBI, and charged with international parental kidnapping. Why am I writing about this? The mother claimed that she fled a domestic violence situation. There is some email evidence that she was, … Continue reading Why Won’t Anyone Believe Me?

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Why aren’t your consults free?

At Best Law Firm, we charge for an initial consultation to meet a new potential client. We charge $100. Why do we charge for this? Abraham Lincoln once said that “a lawyer’s time and advice are his stock in trade.” At this initial meeting, we listen to the client and then use our experience to … Continue reading Why aren’t your consults free?

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Brad and Angelina Settled Custody

I am sure that Brad and Angelina never read my blogs but they did listen. They have settled all their issues related to their children without a trial. That is so good for them and the kids. I doubt whether the agreement is public, hopefully it is private as it should be. They each had … Continue reading Brad and Angelina Settled Custody

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Brad and Angelina and Jackie O.

You would think that money gave you some sense…especially in a divorce. It really does not matter if both work in an office or are movie stars…some people just do not put their children first. There is no good reason that a stranger, a judge appointed to hear your case, should decide the fate and parenting … Continue reading Brad and Angelina and Jackie O.

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Unmarried Fathers and Mothers and Child Support

If the father of your baby signed a paternity acknowledgment in the hospital, he is considered the baby’s father. So, now what if he wants to take the baby to the lake and you do not think it is safe? Can he take the baby? The short answer is no, not unless he has gone … Continue reading Unmarried Fathers and Mothers and Child Support

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How To Get A Divorce? What Is Your Road Map?

So, you are thinking about divorce. What is first? It is hard to consider such a life changing event but you should not travel alone through this process. You go to the Grand Canyon and you might use your navigation or Google Maps. You do not want to get lost. Sometimes you use these maps … Continue reading How To Get A Divorce? What Is Your Road Map?

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Now You Tell Me

As I was chatting with a new client recently he realized that going through a divorce without an attorney was not the best idea. He said he was trying to save money, so instead he lost about $100,000. This story is not unusual. It is not new. It is, however, sad. It is sad that … Continue reading Now You Tell Me

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Why Shouldn’t My Spouse Pay Me Forever?

Many spouses getting divorced are sad and upset. For some reason, those feelings sometimes translate into a feeling of entitlement. Somehow, someway, someone believes that the other party owes you something. The issue with this thinking leads to fear, high costs in litigation, and continued resentment. Let’s tackle the issue of alimony, called spousal maintenance … Continue reading Why Shouldn’t My Spouse Pay Me Forever?

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