August 2011 Archives

THINKING OF REPRESENTING YOURSELF? YOU MAY WANT TO THINK AGAIN!

The Benefits of Hiring a Lawyer Even Lindsay Lohan had a great lawyer and did jail time. Imagine if you did not know what facts the judge wanted to hear and made him or her angry because you decided to dictate what you thought they should know. Or, rather, what if you went to trial and the judge asked you to approach to give an offer of proof? Do you know what that is? Do you know that in Arizona, if you are representing yourself, you are held to the same standard as lawyers? Well, they are and the judge's do not accept the excuse "I'm sorry your honor. I'm doing the best I can. I'm not a lawyer." For the most part, there is no sympathy. Yes, you are expected to know what Rule 49 disclosure is and the deadline for same. You are expected to know how to draft a Joint Pretrial Statement. Can you do Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law? Do you want the judge to look at certain documents but you failed to provide them to the other side. Do you know, the judge will likely not look at them because they were not previously provided to the other side 30 days before trial? These are just some of the basics you need to accurately do to protect your interests.

Social Networking's Impact on Divorce

Most people are familiar with the famous opening line of the Miranda warning that police read during an arrest: "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say or do can and will be used against you..." While no such warning is given to spouses approaching divorce, if a warning was given, it would probably state: "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you post on Facebook or other social networking websites can and will be used against you in a court of family law."

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