September 27, 2017 at 7:10 pm

Tying Together “Unbundling” of Legal Services

(Adding Landlord Tenant Disputes to the Unbundling Package) Life is often chaotic, with unforeseen setbacks along the way. If you are injured by the fault of an other, no problem here; a lawyer, this one included, will always be happy to meet with you in a serious injury case. But what about the case that… View Article

July 23, 2017 at 3:11 pm

So You Have Your (Child Custody) Agreement: Now What?

  Author’s Note: this article was inspired by a nervous client who concedes the parenting plan we negotiated for her is a pretty good one but who knows it will be violated. That was the path of their last mediated agreement, with the result they were back in court within six months! Is  there a… View Article

July 7, 2017 at 1:53 pm

MORE ABOUT UNBUNDLING (A $500 Product That is Worth $1000)

  I admit that I have been obsessing on one issue, which is the disparity between WV people who need, but do not think they can afford, legal services and the West Virginia small firm lawyers who need work. I have several ideas how to bridge the gap, and “unbundling” of legal services is one… View Article

June 6, 2017 at 12:57 am

What You May Not Know of the Legal Profession

I attend each year two two day long seminars put on by the West Virginia Association for Justice,  formerly WVTLA, WV Trial Lawyers Association. That’s a foundation of 36 hours of continuing education. Add to that 8 hours of family law, of mediation, and other subject areas, and I spend around a week a year working… View Article

June 6, 2017 at 12:27 am

A Few Thoughts on Law Office Technology

Technology is a “two-edged sword”. It can be a time waster. It is easy for someone like me to “gamify” technology, so the very acts of using it and learning from it provide surges of dopamine pleasure  which divert me from the actual boring tasks at hand. And, social media has a “siren’s song”. It is serious work… View Article

June 5, 2017 at 11:25 pm

Global Warming: How the Environmental Movement Has Botched It!

This is my “take” on the environmental movement and its emphasis on “Global Warming”. To me that approach is self-defeating. I read a lot of things that touch on environmentalism but are not so labeled. I follow the news carefully but greatly miss my weekly Time and Newsweek which helped give me perspective. Nevertheless, I average… View Article

April 27, 2017 at 12:18 pm

Document Assembly for the Busy Non-Nerdy Lawyer: Pathagoras

This articles is targeted to other lawyers, particularly family law, but it also give insights to potential clients, or even judges, of how our office produces so much so quickly. I am writing about the “document assembly” application Pathagoras. It is available as a free, full featured, 90 day trial download: Caveat: the “master… View Article

April 18, 2017 at 9:01 pm


We are happy to announce that we have made life easier for you! Of course, if you are part of the <1% who will explore every tab and button, who wants to know where I went to school and details about my practice areas, that stuff is still there. But “the good stuff” lies under… View Article

April 11, 2017 at 8:16 pm


Starting with Ronald Reagan, and later Carl Rove, common perceptions of our civil justice system have hardened into negativity. Injury victims are treated like they are pariahs. But they are just like you and I. But here are some real, simple, facts: Good lawyers will always “push the envelope”, so some personal injury claims will… View Article

April 10, 2017 at 10:21 pm

Unbundling of Legal Services (A Low Cost Alternative)

The poor and people of moderate income have great difficulty in obtaining legal services in WV. Something like 70% of litigants in family court are “pro-se” or self-represented. For awhile WV was in the dark ages. There was an ethics opinion that lawyers couldn’t even “ghost write”, or assist a party from behind, without becoming… View Article