May 14, 2018 at 6:28 pm

Collaborative Divorce: I Remain Unconvinced

Here is a Huffpost article and scholarly discussion of “Collaborative Divorce”. It left me cold with the terms “psychotherapy” and “psychotherapists”. Sorry, but I’m in the trenches, trying to save clients and their children. Cannot see that adding a layer to this often contentious cake will be an improvement. Anyone who has read my stuff,… View Article

April 27, 2018 at 8:47 pm

E-Mail Pitfalls and Opportunities

I am impatient. I do not understand the lawyer who will dictate a formal letter, scan it, and fax it, or, God Forbid, “snail-mail” it!  I still send letters, but I prefer a quick note, or even a substantive communication, typed in short, numbered, paragraphs, in the moment, and sent on its way. There are… View Article

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