April 8, 2018 at 7:40 pm

Brand New WV Custody and Alimony Law

Note to my readers: I apologize for the limited nature of this post, but it is the end of a long week, and I need time to digest these major revisions to West Virginia’s Child Custody and Alimony Laws. This is a first impression. I am told that Senate Bill 51, which you can Google,… View Article

March 26, 2018 at 6:41 pm

My “Law Coach” or My Lawyer?

Unbundled Legal Services “My ‘law coach’ or my lawyer?” It this a trick question? Not really, but there is a difference. Let’s say you have a divorce or custody case; or, that you, or you and your estranged partner, just want some guidance and help in getting through your legal problem. What do you do?… View Article

March 21, 2018 at 8:41 pm

You Aren’t Going to Mediation! (Now what will you do?)

This article is aimed primarily at family court lawyers, but lay people may benefit. Let’s keep something in mind. Personal injury and civil mediation are different from family mediation. People are representing themselves in family court perhaps 70% of the time and somehow surviving. There are mandatory forms, parenting classes, and a form of “one… View Article

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