Category Archives: Bow Tie

When the GATES Come Crashing Down; Bill Gates’ Divorce and How it Impacts YOU.

The celebrity divorce du jour is Bill & Melinda Gates.

After over a quarter century of marriage, Melinda Gates has sought a no-fault divorce from Bill Gates in the state of Washington. The parties appear to be working on an agreement to resolve the dissolution of the marriage and the division of assets.

Of note, Bill Gates was already a billionaire when the parties met and married. Media reports indicate there was no prenuptial agreement and Washington is a community property state, which bodes well for a 50/50 split of assets.

So, how does this impact you?

  1. It’s a lesson that no matter how much money you have it does not guaranty wedded bliss;
  2. You never truly know the health of a marriage from an outside perspective; and
  3. It really doesn’t impact YOU. It has no bearing on the strength of your relationships.

Matthew Thompson is civil litigation attorney and reminds you that other people’s divorces are not really your drama.


Vote BowTieLawyer; Best Niche & Specialty Blog

As Pappy O’Daniel used to say, “Vote early and vote often.” has been nominated by The Expert Institute’s 2018 Best Legal Blog Contest!

“[T]housands of nominations [were received] for what has shaped up to be The Expert Institute’s largest and most diverse Best Legal Blog Contest yet! Over 100 new blogs entered the competition this year with topics spanning from legal technology and news to law school and niche blogs.”

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The polls will be open from November 5th to December 17th. We encourage all of our nominees to spread the word about the contest to their readers!

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Happy National Bow Tie Day!

Don’t Write on Exhibits/Photographs

Q:  Is this a true and accurate copy?

A: No. I don’t know whose writing this is…I don’t know what those circles mean…

Attorney: Objection. It’s obviously not a true copy, as the original does not have writing and circles on it.

Court: Sustained.


Court rules can be tediously picky. If something isn’t phrased the right way, authenticated sufficiently, or previously produced, if requested, you may not be able to use it. This is true even if it is something important, reliable and tangible to the issues before the Court. This is just one reason why Court is so frustrating.

I had a case where the witness highlighted certain portions of an email. When the time came to testify about the email, the other party pretended to not recognize it, nor remember it.  He wasn’t sure if he used that email address at that time. He certainly knew he didn’t highlight it and wasn’t sure he had seen it before. It was a dance of avoiding the obvious.

Ultimately, the email came in when the sponsoring party testified and I believe the other party lost credibility in feigning ignorance, however it was a good lesson on the rules/tricks of Court.

Matthew Thompson is  a Family Law attorney in Mississippi and encourages you to practice, with your attorney, your testimony and how to authenticate an exhibit and get it into evidence.


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How To Tie a Bow Tie. ( A Homecoming Special)

With Homecoming season upon us there is not a better time for an excellent video & a written step-by-step guide on “How to tie a bow tie.”


  1. Tie a basic overhand knot (right over left) and pull the knot to the center of your shirt neck.

  2. Fold the side hanging down of the bow so that the “left bow” is doubled and the “right bow” is a single layer.  The fold on the “left bow” becomes the far edge of the bow tie.

  3. Place the center of the bow on the knot in the center of the shirt neck.

  4. Pull the left side of the bow over the middle of the bow and knot. Hanging straight down.

  5. Snap the bow closed and hold the bow in place.

  6. Lightly pull the closed bow to reveal a small hole behind the bow, but in front of the knot.

  7. Push the “back right bow” through the small hole.

  8. Once through, pull the front left bow and back right bow to straighten and tighten the bow tie.

  9. It does not have to look perfect, and a little imperfection is desired as you tied it yourself.


We’re Moving. TLF is relocating and expanding…

The bow tie is getting bigger!

Thompson Law Firm, pllc, is moving. Our new office will be located in Ridgeland, Mississippi in the Avignon Office Park. The physical address will be; 
Thompson Law Firm, pllc

745 Avignon Drive, Ste. D

Ridgeland, MS 39157

That’s “D” as in divorce.

TLF will be adding additional space, offices, and staff. The new office is conveniently located near the Natchez Trace exit in Ridgeland off of I-55, close to the west end of Spillway Rd., and just one block west of the Old Canton Rd./Lake Harbor intersection. It’s across from Primo’s on Lake Harbor, and just east.

The new space and amenities will allow TLF to better serve and respond to current, former and new clients. TLF has signage on Lake Harbor and in the front of the new building. We will be in the new office full-time in mid-September 2015. Of course the phone numbers and emails will remain the same.

Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney in Mississippi and is excited about the new digs! Stop by and say “hello.”

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Happy National Bow Tie Day!

A friend reminded me that today is National Bow Tie Day! It snuck up on us, yet again.

Lego bow tie from Lego Extravaganza 2014.

You can read about the origin of the TLF trademark Bow Tie, “Why the Bow Tie.  You can peruse a list of notable bow tie wearers and even educate yourself on the history of bow ties.cropped-img_4394.jpg

Happy National Bow Tie Day!

Matthew Thompson is a bow tie wearing Domestic Relations Attorney in Mississippi and wishes you a very warm and Merry National Bow Tie Day!

Follow the blog: #BowTieLawyer Visit the website: #Thompson Law Firm You may also contact Matthew with your family law matter or question at (601) 850-8000 or