Just one simple question…
What a lawyer says matters. Not that it’s more important than what your Doctor or Pastor says, but if a lawyer is wrong you and he/she may get in trouble. Lots of trouble.
Often I am asked “Can you answer just one simple question?” The problem is the knowledge and information necessary makes neither simple nor just one question. For example, “Will I have to pay Alimony?”
To Answer that with even a remote chance of “getting it right,” one needs to know;
- What do you do?
- What does your spouse do?
- Respective incomes?
- Earning Capacities?
- How long since you’ve last worked?
- How long since she’s last worked?
- Are there minor children in the home?
- What age?
- How long have you been married?
- Marital fault?
- How much is the marital estate worth?
- Is it liquid?
- How much is the separate estate worth?
- What else is the spouse receiving?
Just one simple question…
Matthew Thompson is a Domestic Relations Attorney in Mississippi and reminds you that Mississippi is indeed an “Alimony state.”
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It’s just a “…quick question. Just one question. Does the father of my baby have any rights and will I get in trouble if…”
We all get them. A voice-mail left in the inbox, an email or a comment/question on the website. The problem is answering just one question could very well be considered rendering legal advice. Upon that being done, a lawyer’s responsibility can grow exponentially. Huh?
You call and say;
“this is Miranda. I just want to know if Ricky can see my baby and if I’ll get in trouble if I don’t let him. We went to court some years ago and the judge said he had to pay but that I had custody…”
There is no way to answer the above adequately without more information.
- What did the Order state?
- Who has legal custody?
- Who has physical custody?
- Does he have visitation?
- Why are you refusing?
- Is he dangerous?
- What was he ordered to pay?
- Is he in arrears?
Without more information any answer is dangerous and could very likely be wrong. And once you’ve relied upon it and then sued over it you say, “Well, Lawyer so-and-so told me to do “x.”
That is why lawyers do not call you back when you are not a client. (When you are a client and don’t get a call back is another story entirely, and a blog for another day.)
Matthew Thompson is a family law attorney and sometimes cannot respond to the comments and questions left on this site because of lack of information. Additionally, if you do not include a means to contact you directly the only way to respond is through a public posting which would require disclosing your information which is generally not appropriate.
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 Matthew@bowtielawyer.ms