March 7, 2018 at 11:59 pm

2018: Mediation Tips Revised

KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL MEDIATION: Fundamentals of Mediation Editors Note: This rambles a bit, so I have highlighted some keys in bold red. I sometimes forget how little the average litigant, and even judges, know about mediation. There are no riveting serial television dramas staring a team of courageous mediators. Although my wife loves “Bull”… View Article

March 7, 2018 at 7:39 pm

Digging Down 2018 – Short and Sweet!

Digging Down 2018: Short and Sweet Here’s the deal. Whether you have a lawyer or not, you probably will get some forms that are mandatory for your case. Take them seriously. The authors of the forms know you probably won’t read the law or rules, so, with luck, the forms can guide you to providing… View Article

March 7, 2018 at 7:24 pm

2018 Revised: Digging Down – On Organizing and Preparing Your Case

INTRODUCTION First; in the interests of time and copying, I provide here a link to the PDF version of this article, especially the fill in the blank forms: This is not theoretical. It is how I begin a case, size up a client and my adversary, gather facts, organize, prepare, and resolve. If I… View Article

March 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm

2018 Update: Equitable Distribution: WV Divorce Property Law

Most of my clients have property smaller than this former Vanderbilt abode in Asheville, N.C., The Biltmore! There seems to be less confusion about the basics of equitable distribution than other aspects of WV divorce law. Most people who come to me understand that property acquired by the work of either party during the marriage… View Article

March 6, 2018 at 3:54 pm

Mr. Hunter’s Revised Letter to Clients

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS TO NEW CLIENT(S); PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AND SIGN. Dear New Client: 1. During his representation, there are certain instructions Mr. Hunter and his staff routinely provide and repeat. The core of these instructions is listed here with the hope you will read them, understand them, and agree to follow the standards of the… View Article

March 1, 2018 at 3:32 pm

Gun Violence in America: A Small Town Lawyer’s Thoughts

A GREAT CHALLENGE FOR AMERICA: VIOLENCE Where do we start? With our animal nature? Our tribal past? Our “Colt and Winchester” frontier myths? Our warlike natures? Our vicious propensity for war? Our distrust of anyone who is different? Our belief in myths as fact? The exploding “Age of Information”? Racial and gender-based hatred? I will… View Article

February 15, 2018 at 8:07 pm

An Example of Unbundling of Legal Services

As you will see if you search my blog for “unbundling”, “unbundled legal services”, or “future of the law”, I have created some carefully tailored legal services that permit us to help a person on a limited budget. These services include a “legal checkup”. I revised my post on that topic just a few days… View Article

February 14, 2018 at 4:23 pm

The Divorcing Litigant’s Big Argument!

The argument for not consulting a lawyer in your divorce: 1. At least half of all lawyers are below average. (I know I am a bit tough on family law lawyers here, but it is the mindset we bring from law school and our lives that I disagree with. There is a movement for a… View Article

January 31, 2018 at 8:01 pm

Review of Pathagoras Document Assembly Application

I was asked to submit a review for use by the Technolawyer website and resource. I hope I make the cut, but when I finished I realized I had a new blog post! Here it is. My focus is not the “bells and whisles” but the functionality and customer support. Try it, you’ll like it…. View Article

January 24, 2018 at 9:43 pm

A Personal Injury Glossary: Negligence, Insurance, and the Rest

25 Personal Injury Related Definitions These are not “legal definitions”, nor is this legal advice, but it may come in very handy for you. 1. Negligence: a simple mistake. Travelling too fast, rolling through a stop sign, mistakenly turning head on into a “one way” street. 2. Tort: an injury one person does to another,… View Article