January 10, 2020 at 1:07 pm

What’s Important In Life

  For over four decades, I have worked with people during some of their darkest times; recovering from injury or loss, their worlds falling down around them, or after destroying their own lives and their families’ with stupid mistakes. Above even that are the myriad crises and challenges of one’s own life and family. I… View Article

January 7, 2020 at 12:24 pm

Annual Review 2020

This time last year I published “Perspectives of a Small Town Lawyer”, a 300 page distillation of 1400 pages and 360 blog articles written during a period of ten years.  For the next 30 days, I will select and publish each day, two of those articles, which are also chapters in my book. I… View Article

December 20, 2019 at 2:51 am

What Kind of Lawyer Do You Need?

What qualities do you need in your lawyer?

October 30, 2019 at 11:02 pm

No Retirement for Burt!

One gets a few grey hairs and makes a few changes to his office, and the questions begin. Burt is healthy, vigorous, and busier than ever:

October 8, 2019 at 7:43 pm

Ten Subjects on Law Office Management and Technology

I learned at a recent WVU College of Law Seminar that WV may be the only state where our rule of professional conduct require us to be competent with technology. Most other states “suggest” that we do so. I think that competence requires us to be tech savvy. I was privileged to be asked to… View Article

October 8, 2019 at 7:25 pm

Preparing Yourself and Your Office For the Future

Why have I not been blogging recently? Here goes: We took a couple long awaited, and I hope well earned, vacations this year. They were not “working vacations” as I have done in prior years where I work and write or edit my writings. But I have done some writing. Here is the article that… View Article

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