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How do you simplify your case’s “story” into one unified theme – and set it apart from all the other cases on the judge’s docket? The key is word selection.
By Randall M. Kessler: Attorneys are often unable to succinctly convey the relevant facts of a case because they become too emotionally invested in the client/outcome.
By Greg Herman: With human dynamics being as complicated as they are, courts need to have wide discretion to allow orders to fit the individual circumstances of each case. In doing so, judges, being human beings, are going to bring their personal life experiences into play as those experiences shape their beliefs and philosophies.
By Margaret Price: What you should consider while handling divorce cases with special needs children.
Child custody evaluations conducted by psychologists typically include personality testing of each of the parents, and sometimes also of significant others. While personality tests do not bear directly on parenting capacity, these tests often provide important information about personality traits which, along with other data, may be relevant to assessing parenting capacity.
By Mike McCurley, Barry S. Sziklay and Brian W. Clark: The purpose of this paper is to provide attorneys and expert witnesses with the information and knowledge necessary to help a judge or jury understand valuation testimony.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could tell the Judge all about your case, from your point of view, before you even start with your witnesses? If you could slant the case in a way that would explain what you’re going to prove, how you’re going to prove it, and what the court should find? That’s what an opening statement is designed to do if the court allows you to make one and it is properly done.
Witnesses can often be detrimental to your case if they are prepared improperly. The article will highlights some recommendations that may prove helpful when preparing witnesses.
Judge Brownstone shared six outstanding tips with us on how family lawyers can be more successful and better serve their clients. (Part 2 of 2)