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, Judges, Legislators, and Change Leaders”. It is a distillation of, and a reference to, my 1400 pages of blog writing, and its 360 articles. Sections include – “legal checklist” ideas; practical tips on preparation, organization, and law office management; concrete information on WV Family Law; information about personal injury and other contingency fee cases; my thoughts on mediation, negotiation, and other methods of dispute resolution; new concepts on “future of the law” and access to justice for low and moderate income litigants; and some of my deepest and most serious views on the problems of our culture and our world.
- For rock solid information focused on WV Divorce Law, read “Divorce in West Virginia : The Legal Process, Your Rights, and What to Expect”, by Charleston Lawyers Lyne Ranson and her daughter Brittany Ranson Stonestreet. It is thorough, detailed, and informative.
- The next two books are general, not W.Va. centric, one by a male who represents only men, and one by a female who represents only women. I question how one can maintain perspective if they only represent one gender, but the content of each is pretty good. They are:
- I caution anyone who walks into divorce or other family law case with adversarial intent. Collaboration is an option that I would like to consider and explore before, “hitting where it hurts”. It is good to have a lawyer with both skillsets.
- The next two books have many competitors. These two rated well with Amazon.
- One deals with bad behavior in children. This is a common phenomenon when a child’s life is turned upside down, where one or move parents doesn’t really know what he or she is doing, and when the child encounters different parental style, from 2, 3 or more sources.
- The other discusses the concept of cooperation and collaboration between divorcing or conflicted parents. They are:
- “The Baffled Parents’ Guide to Stopping Bad Behavior”, by Kate Kelly, and,
- “Cooperative Parenting and Divorce: Shielding Your Child From Conflict: A Parent Guide to Effective Co-Parenting”, by Susan Bly Boyan, M.Ed., I..M.F.T. and Ann Marie Termini, M.S.,L.P.C.
- “The Secrets to Marketing & Automating Your Law Practice: A Lawyer’s Guide to Creating Systems, Getting Clients, & Becoming a Legal Rainmaker”. It is a good primer and reminder on the subject.
- Three books on innovations in the resolution of family law and civil cases:
- “Unbundling of Legal Services: A Family Lawyer’s Guide”, by Forrest S. Mosten and Elizabeth Potter Scully;
- “Collaborative Divorce [Handbook: Helping Families Without Going to Court”, also by Forrest Mosten, Esq.; and
- “Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits”, by Lainey Feingold.
- An older book, focused on financial matters, and a bit cynical is “The Ten Biggest Mistakes Women Can Avoid: How to Protect Yourself, Your Children, and Your Assets”. A plus is you can find a 2003 version for $.35 at Amazon, plus shipping!
- Finally, is an important source for lawyers and litigants who are dealing with interstate custody issues, “Child-Custody Jurisdiction: The UCCJEA & PKPA” by Marie Fahnert and Me’lyse Mpiranya, an ABA publication. On this subject, what you do not know definitely can hurt you!
This post was written by Burton Hunter