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Will the Other Side Be Required to Pay My Attorney Fees?

Paying attorney fees, for most people, is one of the least popular parts of taking a case to a legal professional. And, one of the most asked questions is, “Will the other side be required to pay my attorney fees?” as hopefully getting help with paying attorney fees would be appreciated. In most instances, what is termed “The American Rule” is the standard by which attorney fees are paid? This rule dictates that each side pays its own attorney costs, whether they win or lose a case. But, as with most “rules” in life, there are exceptions which judges may impose...

Can We Settle the Case Without Conducting Discovery?

First, before answering the question asked in the title, it is important to understand the definition of the word “discovery” as it pertains in the legal sense. While it is true discovery means to find out about, investigate, ask questions about, and explore information relevant to a topic, there is a deeper meaning when it comes to preparing a legal case for court. The following definition is found online from upcounsel “The formal procedure used by parties to a lawsuit to obtain information before a trial is called discovery Part of the pretrial litigation process during which each party requests...

Completing a Family Law Case

Family Law consists of a variety of situations that a person or couple cannot resolve by themselves without the help of the legal system. Some of these situations include divorce, modifications, timesharing, child support, division of marital assets, adoption, and bankruptcy. In each of these cases, there will be several considerations which will determine how long it will take to complete the case. Here are the basic issues that will affect the completion of a Family Law case: Hiring an attorney or handling your case yourself: If a case is very simple such as a no-contest divorce where both parties...

How to Have a Valid Marriage in the State of Florida

Deciding to enter into the commitment of marriage is an exciting time in a couple’s relationship. Once the decision to take this step has been made, there is a set procedure to make a marriage legally binding and acceptable. Though similar, each state has its guidelines and regulations for obtaining a valid marriage. However, before outlining the steps to take to have a valid marriage in the state of Florida, there are some facts pertaining to a Florida marriage which are important to understand. Each party must be 18 years of age or older to enter into marriage without parental...

How to Efficiently Communicate with Your Attorney

Communication, likely one of the most important social skills related to the human (and animal) species, is not something a person should take casually or for granted. How to use speech, emotions, and body language to effectively share information between two or more persons becomes a powerful tool, whether for a positive or a negative outcome. Such concerns as taking into account the communication style of those listening, finding empathy with the listener, and hearing what the listener has to say in return are all necessary components of efficient communication. And, efficient communication with your attorney is vitally necessary if...

Why Reading Your Retainer/Fee Agreement is Important

Like any document requiring your signature, you should always read all the papers needing your attention. You should even read the small print as there can be some tricky points hidden there. And, reading an attorney’s retainer/fee agreement is no exception. This blog will take a look at why it is important to read the retainer/fee agreement but first understanding what a retainer/fee agreement is will help to explain the importance of reading it in its entirety. According to the online definition of a legal retainer, ”A retainer is an advance payment that a client makes to his or her...

What Happens When You Don’t Follow Your Lawyer’s Advice?

As with any professional whom you seek out and retain for advice, and in the case of an attorney, representation on a legal matter, it is wise to follow the advice given. Before retaining the professional, you should feel confident he or she knows about and has experience in the field of expertise you need. In the case of a lawyer, you can check on his or her website and contact the state Bar for information. On the website, you can determine the educational background, years of experience, services offered, areas of representation, marital status, community involvement, professional awards, and...

How to Dress for the Courtroom

Dress for success. This can be said emphatically for those who are having their day in court, be it attorney, client, or witness. So often, people form judgments based almost entirely on their first impression of another person and can be a plus or a minus depending on the opinion formed. For example, should a client be dressed in poorly fitting, unpressed clothes with unshined shoes to match or an attorney dressed in a suit that doesn’t quite button over the midsection, a judge or jury could form the opinion of the person not being serious about the issues at...

Appraisals and How They Are Useful in Valuing Marital Property and Assets

An appraisal is determining the accurate value of something. This is done by using a person who is trained and qualified to appraise and is licensed to carry the title “appraiser”. Probably the most common use of an appraiser is to determine the value of a home or piece of property for someone hoping to buy or sell. Other items such as high-end electronics and furniture, valuable jewelry, antiques, used vehicles, boats, and planes, and old memorabilia are also frequently brought to an appraiser to determine their value for sale or for insurance purposes. Another important use of an appraisal...

The War on Women in America

Here are 12 facts you may not know The war on women is real, or so it seems if one realizes some of the recent laws involving women’s rights. In addition, a look at the present political climate wanting to change or lessen the strength of laws regarding woman’s rights that exist in America today makes one feel there may truly be a “war on women”. While there have been great strides over the past 100 years in recognizing the value of women and allowing them many rights such as owning property while being married, voting, working outside the home, and...

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