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Why Court Takes So Long!

“We’ll just let the Judge decide!”  famous last words…

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Court can take a while for a myriad of reasons.

From filing and just getting a Court date, which could be 3 months to 13 months in the future, to finding and serving the Defendant with proper process, can take longer than expected.

A mistake in not attaching the correct summons, having the incorrect date or time or not properly signing the papers can all lead to delay.

The Judge’s schedule can cause delay. The trial from yesterday may bump you. An Emergency in another matter will bump you. A Commitment, Domestic Violence matter or even one that will be “real quick” can bump you.

Slow witnesses, attorneys that ask a lot of questions, even pointless questions cause delay. Unavailable experts, extra long lunch breaks and multiple recesses add to the length. 

Injuries, illnesses and hospital visits delay trials. Also, if you don’t finish in the time allotted, don’t assume you will bump tomorrow’s trial, because you might not!

Not to mention CONTINUANCES.

Even when the trial is over your case may not be. The Court has up to 6 months to Rule on your matter.

Court can take longer than it should and once you find yourself in contested litigation you may well not have a choice but to go along for the ride.

Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney in Mississippi and knows that the Wheels of Justice Can Turn Slow. 

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Don’t YELL in Court!

Sometimes we lose our cool…

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It happens to the best of us. “We” get excited, animated and emotional, but you need to try to keep that in check. Lawyers are guilty of this too!

Here’s the set-up. The Divorce Agreement provides that either “party shall receive advance notice of any out of state travel, overnight, with the minor child by the other parent.

Not an unreasonable clause. It does not require permission, but notice.

So, one parent, on multiple occasions does not give the other parent notice.  The unknowing parent finds out about the timing of the trips during their time with the child, after the trips have occurred.

What’s the harm you ask? Well, these parents live 2-states away from one another. Where was the undisclosed trip? Yes, the other parent’s home state, just a few hours away.  A great opportunity for a visit! But, alas it did not happen.

Upon questioning the parent defended not telling the other because the second parent did not ask. Here’s where the yelling comes in.

HOW DOES THE OTHER PARENT KNOW TO ASK ABOUT THE TRIP IF YOU DON’T TELL THEM ABOUT THE TRIP ?!?

Silence.

Read more on Rotten Parenting, Terrible Parenting and being a Terrible Person.

Matthew Thompson is a Chancery Court Attorney and warns clients and attorneys alike to not yell in Court.

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Advice of the Day: Know When to Shut Your Mouth

Everyday presents a lesson that we can take away and learn from.

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Today’s “Advice of the Day” is:   Know When to Shut Your Mouth.

  • When the Judge Orders you to Stop Talking?           Stop Talking.
  • When the Other Side Agrees to What you Want?  Stop Talking.
  • When Your Lawyer asks you to Stop Speaking?       Stop Talking.
  • When you are Winning Greatly?                                        Stop Talking.
  • When you are Losing Badly?                                                 Stop Talking.

Matthew Thompson is a family Law attorney in the Hospitality State and encourages you to ‘be still and listen.’

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