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Getting STUNG in Court!

Seldom in Court does everything go in one party’s favor, but there are times where the party-in-the-wrong get’s STUNG by the Court.

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How do you know if you got Stung in Court?  Oh, you know.

  • You may have been dressed down by the Judge.
  • He may have stated that your conduct was petty or silly.
  • A finding that your lawsuit was frivolous.
  • Perhaps your claim was dismissed in its entirety.
  • When the other side is preparing the Order and it was not an “Agreed” judgment, that too can be a sign of a win or loss.
  • If you were held in contempt.

But there is also another sign of getting Stung. Are you paying your opponent’s attorneys fees?

If you’re paying the other party’s Attorneys Fees, you got Stung!

Matthew Thompson is a Divorce Attorney in Mississippi and warns clients to not get Stung!

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You may also contact Matthew with your family law case, question or concern at (601) 850-8000 or Matthew@bowtielawyer.ms.

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Why Clients Hate Lawyers.

It can be a love-hate relationship.

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Nobody likes a lawyer until you need one. Then you love them, until you don’t. –Matthew Thompson

Clients hate lawyers for many reasons, but most commonly it is due to the following;

  • Poor Communication.  Communication between lawyers and clients is the #1 complaint.  Both, lawyers and clients, are busy.  Sometimes its hard to communicate effectively and in a timely manner.  This goes both ways and each needs to try to be responsive.
  • Poor Advice.  Just because they are a lawyer does not mean they know everything.  Sometimes lawyers get it wrong.
  • Don’t Do What They Say They Will.  Procrastination or not capable of doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done.
  • Charging for Everything.  Every call, text, email and message, office appointment, and even when they are just thinking about your case.
  • Misleading About the Total Charges.  This is why I hate billable hours. It’s almost always more than “you” think.
  • Hard Advice.  This is different than poor advice.  Hard advice is telling you what yo don’t want to hear, but need to hear.  Sometimes lawyers are the messenger that gets shot (figuratively speaking, I hope).

Up next? Why Lawyers Hate Clients! Stay tuned.

Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney in Mississippi and tries not to do things to be hated, at least by his own clients…

Follow the blog: BowTieLawyer Visit the website: Thompson Law Firm

You may also contact Matthew with your family law case, question or concern at (601) 850-8000 or Matthew@bowtielawyer.ms.

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Contempt, Fine$ and Your Toothbrush; Disobeying Court Orders

Contempt is the willful refusal to follow or abide by a valid Court Order.

Contempt is what the Court finds when you 1) do NOT DO what you have been Ordered to do, or when you 2) do what you have been Ordered NOT to DO.

The most common finding of Contempt is failure to pay child support.  A willful failure to pay child support usually leads to a finding of Contempt and if repeated can lead to very bad results.  It is the most common contempt ground leading to incarceration.  A finding of contempt can result in fines, the payment of the other side’s fees and possibly incarceration.

However, you can be in Contempt of any valid Court Order if you do not follow it.  This can include violating a No Contact Order– meaning you are to not have contact or communications with a certain person and if you do you may be held in contempt.

So you can be held in contempt for NOT doing what you should, ie: pay support or for doing what you should NOT, ie: contacting a person you are barred from contacting.

So, what do you do when there is a valid Court Order? Follow it to the letter.

What happens if you don’t?  Well, you better bring your toothbrush…

Matthew Thompson is a Child Custody Lawyer in Mississippi and reminds you to NOT do things that can lead to your incarceration.

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