April 28, 2019 at 4:55 pm

Burt’s Writing Rules (e-mails and memos)

Burt’s Rules These “rules” are not researched or “official” in any sense, but I had very good high school English teachers, the best. In my office, here is what I want, simple and direct. Editor’s note. For the most part, I have omitted quotation marks below, and sorry that I have not yet mastered the… View Article

April 15, 2019 at 1:32 pm


This is a blog article and Complaint to West Virginia Attorney General Consumer Protection Division about the Buckhannon, WV AT&T store. It is a story of two dozen wasted hours, false promises, incompetence, and unconcern for customers. EDITOR’S NOTE 4-28-2018; I am struggling to learn the new editing platform, Gutenberg 101. But, in the interest… View Article

February 22, 2019 at 9:20 pm

Valuation of Marital Assets

Personal Property Valuation Resources Thank you to our newest employee Courtney Eskew for her research into some of the many personal property valuation websites. Proceed with caution, but when I think that our main source in the early years of my practice was a Sears Catalog, this is a cornucopia. One caveat: you can value… View Article

February 18, 2019 at 12:16 pm

A 50 Year Retrospective

I won’t be able to say this as well or as concisely as I would like, but here goes. My wife Nancy and I took a vacation last week. A real vacation. Not “a working vacation” where I squeeze in 30 hours of writing, and my wife reads, and we walk the beach and go… View Article

January 31, 2019 at 8:16 pm

Financial Disclosure in Divorce: Get it Right!

Below is a draft of the form I have begun having my clients read and sign. “Counting and Collecting the Beans” is not easy, but it is essential. Burt Hunter IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY I ________________________________________ declare that I have read Mr. Hunter’s instructions for completing my financial affidavit and our “Equitable Distribution Spreadsheet”. In… View Article

January 21, 2019 at 1:37 pm

More Organizing the Facts in Your Case: Linking CaseMap, Outlook 365, and Evernote.

I had two new revelations yesterday; one has great potential, and one works now and will be vital to our practice from now on. First, I can install into Microsoft Outlook 365 the “EverNote” and “EverNote Web Clipper” plug-ins and use them to integrate Outlook 365 and the information organizer Evernote. More on that as… View Article

December 17, 2018 at 6:48 pm

Resources: For My Clients, Potential Clients, Self-Represented, and Colleagues.

/fAs I have explored how to do this job, to innovate, and to share my ideas, I have encountered and even created some useful resources. Here they are: I make the editorial decision to start with my new book first, “Perspectives of a Small Town Lawyer: Ideas For Potential Clients, Clients, Friends, Family, Colleagues, Adversaries,… View Article

December 10, 2018 at 8:01 pm

Truth, Myths, and Lies

Myth, Lies, and Truth CNN’s ad on promoting truth is a good one: “This is an apple. Some people might try to tell you that it’s a banana. They might scream, ‘Banana, banana, banana,’ over and over and over again. They might put banana in all caps. You might even start to believe it’s a… View Article

October 30, 2018 at 12:54 pm

Jeff Kessler: Candidate for the WV Supreme Court of Appeals.

Jeff Kessler is a top quality candidate for the WV Supreme court, intelligent, committed, moderate, restrained, focused, literate, collegial, and balanced:

October 17, 2018 at 10:16 pm

The Challenges to Modern Religion: Part II

The Challenges to Modern Religion: Part II There is an amazing backlash to “accelerating change”. There are movements to deny the realities of science, to imagine alien abductions, satanic cults, repressed memories, massive conspiracies, “a flat earth”, to devise simplistic solutions to the complicated challenges of the modern world, with hatred, tribalism, fear, and willful… View Article