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15
Mar
13

New Page on Mediation

I’ve posted a new page under “Mediation” above, which gives an overview of the mediation process from the perspective of what Morgan Law can provide to clients.  Keep in mind that you do NOT have to have a lawsuit going on to go through mediation.  In fact, mediation is a great alternative to filing a lawsuit.

If you have a dispute that is brewing and you want to try to avoid the costs, time, and frustration of litigation, I urge you to consider voluntary mediation.  I can meet with all sides, whether or not they have retained lawyers.  We can choose traditional mediation–in which I don’t give a “decision” but rather help everyone come to their own resolution.  We can also explore neutral evaluation–in which I listen to a presentation of the facts from both sides and provide an assessment of the value of the case and some issues facing both parties if it went to trial.  There are other options in which both sides can agree to a binding decision through arbitration.

Keep mediation in mind for yourself and those you know facing frustrating disputes.  There is another way.

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15
Mar
13

Law School Parody

It is good to poke fun at ourselves occasionally. Here’s a parody of a Maroon 5 hit that will bring back some memories for my law school friends.

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/law_school_drudgery_chronicled_in_2ls_hit_parody_video

23
Jan
13

Conference Speaker

I will be a guest speaker at the Furniture Manufacturer’s Credit Association annual educational conference May 9th in Concord, NC. I will be discussing the legal process involved with collecting past due accounts, including filing complaints, motion hearings, judgments, and post-judgment collection remedies.

14
Jan
13

New Year, New Position

With the new year comes a new position as President of the Catawba County Bar Association! I will serve a one year term. Last Friday was our first meeting, with a speaker from Lawyer’s Mutual, Troy Crawford. Next month, we will get an update on the Catawba County Justice Center building expansion. We hope to have two service projects this year and a spring social event.

19
Sep
12

Self help may be less than helpful

Often clients will ask if they can use a self-help site (think Legal Zoom) for their legal needs.  Sometimes they will even be more blunt and ask: “Why should I come to you and pay more?”  The answer is that for very simple and straightforward issues, those sites may be helpful.  However, my experience has taught me that very few issues are simple.  Yes, there is a bit of “cutting and pasting” that goes into document preparation.  However, when you consult with an attorney, you are also paying for their experience and wisdom.  With an attorney, you have a relationship–the ability to follow up and ask questions and negotiate, mediate, or even litigate if necessary.  If you develop that relationship for a “simple” will, that attorney is there when someone contests the will (or you have an unrelated litigation dispute, etc)  Attorneys must follow ethical guidelines and most have malpractice insurance, as opposed to the  multiple disclaimers and waivers of liability you are likely to encounter with an online site.  Obviously, these online sites are of no use in adversarial environments.  So, we litigators won’t be replaced by computers soon.

Hopefully you will be able to address your concerns to an attorney before enlisting their aid.  If it takes you longer than a sentence or two to explain what you want to do (i.e. “I don’t own a house and I want to leave all of my money to my sister”), that’s a good indication that you need to see a lawyer.  I am certainly in favor of saving clients money–IF it is in their best interest–but lawyers are not financial planners.

A related issue for future discussion is the advantages and disadvantages of doing your own research about your type of case online.

Link to the story from “Law Sites”

 

 

17
Sep
12

Helping Hand

Thank you to all of those volunteers who helped out last Friday at the Hickory Soup Kitchen for the Catawba County Bar service project! We served many folks and learned about how the kitchen operates.

13
Jan
12

Do Tell…

Actress sues IMDB for revealing her age.




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