A Client’s Pet Peeve; Not Knowing the Answer.

A lawsuit is subject to the rules of law.  These rules were designed by lawyers to be implemented by lawyers.  It makes it very difficult to handle lawsuits and legal matters without a lawyer.

The law and common sense do not always go hand in hand.  Due to this what you think the answer is and what the correct answer actually is can be vastly different.  I try to anticipate and answer a client’s questions before they are asked. And, I certainly try to answer them when they are asked.  However, lawyers fall into the trap of speaking in legalese and sometimes the response is lost in translation.

You as a client have to say when you do not understand. You have to ask that it be answered again.  By not doing so, it is implicit that your question was answered and that you understood.  On numerous occasions I have found that by speaking with a client that something I thought was clear and understood was in fact NOT.  As a client you cannot allow this to go on.  Don’t be bashful, Ask.  Ask again if you have to.  It’s your case, your life, and your money.

Matthew Thompson is a Divorce Litigation Attorney in Mississippi and encourages you to ask questions until you understand the answer.

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Eat Dessert First! 1 Secret to Happy Kids and Special Times

Ahhhh! Dessert.  A sweet ending to a meal…or is it?

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A question I often get is “How do I make my time special?”  Dinner and movies, the zoo, department store sprees only go so far.  But, little things can be done and can be memorable.  You do not have to be “Disney Dad” to make the most of your time.  Make pancakes in kooky shapes.  Have a picnic lunch.  Go for a bike ride, hike, or throw the Frisbee at the park.

One thing you can do that your kids will not forget is “eating backwards.”  Start with dessert..end with vegetables.  Try it!

Matthew Thompson is a Child Custody Lawyer in Mississippi and while he doesn’t always “eat backwards,” when he does it starts with a hot, fudgey brownie a la mode.

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(601) 850-8000 or Matthew@bowtielawyer.ms.

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Contempt, Fine$ and Your Toothbrush; Disobeying Court Orders

Contempt is the willful refusal to follow or abide by a valid Court Order.

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Contempt is what the Court finds when you 1) do NOT DO what you have been Ordered to do, or when you 2) do what you have been Ordered NOT to DO.

The most common finding of Contempt is failure to pay child support.  A willful failure to pay child support usually leads to a finding of Contempt and if repeated can lead to very bad results.  It is the most common contempt ground leading to incarceration.  A finding of contempt can result in fines, the payment of the other side’s fees and possibly incarceration.

However, you can be in Contempt of any valid Court Order if you do not follow it.  This can include violating a No Contact Order- meaning you are to not have contact or communications with a certain person and if you do you may be held in contempt.

So you can be held in contempt for NOT doing what you should, ie: pay support or for doing what you should NOT, ie: contacting a person you are barred from contacting.

So, what do you do when there is a valid Court Order? Follow it to the letter.

What happens if you don’t?  Well, you better bring your toothbrush…

Matthew Thompson is a Child Custody Lawyer in Mississippi and advises that you do NOT do things that can lead to your incarceration.

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You may also contact Matthew with your family law case, question or concern at 

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HOW NOT TO TESTIFY IN COURT!

Courtroom testimony is nerve-wracking.  You’re under oath, in the spotlight and half of the time you are being questioned by someone who is likely out to get you.  However, there is one thing to NOT do.

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Do NOT interrupt.

Do NOT interrupt the person examining you. Do not interrupt whoever is asking the question and do NOT interrupt the Judge.  It never ends well, even if what you have to say is very relevant and important. Wait. Say it when asked or when explaining your answer.  Also, do NOT just volunteer information.  A Question is asked, an Answer is given.  If there is a moment of silence or a pause while the next question is being formulated there is no need to fill in the silence with talking.  Be still.

Read more on testimonial war stories here and child testimony here.

Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Litigation Attorney in Mississippi and does his best to not interrupt the Judge.

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You may also contact Matthew with your family law case, question or concern at 

(601) 850-8000 or Matthew@bowtielawyer.ms.

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FLAG on the PLAY; NFL is NO Moral Authority

Moral authority is authority premised on principles which are independent of written laws. As such, moral authority necessitates the existence of and adherence to truth. Because truth does not change, the principles of moral authority are immutable or unchangeable.

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The world has been abuzz the last week over two NFL scandals.  The first involved Ray Rice assaulting his then-fiancee, committing heinous acts of domestic violence, and the NFL’s wrist-slapping until the video of the act came to light.  The second was Adrian Petersen taking a switch to his 4-year old child, leaving numerous switch marks, welts and breaking the skin on the child.

There has been much attention on both and the good from this will be the light shined on domestic violence and proper child discipline.  Neither of these incidents were proper, nor excusable.  However, what the NFL does or does not do should not change your view on either incident.

The NFL is there to make money and provide entertainment.  That’s it.  If you are looking to the NFL to have a true moral compass or for real role models you are looking in the wrong place.  Look to your local neighborhoods, communities and own family for true role models. The professionals, pastors, educators, mothers and fathers – those that give back and do the right thing when no one is looking.  Those are the ones to emulate, if anyone.

The NFL is not designed nor equipped to be role models- they are designed to make money and entertain.

Don’t want to be constantly disappointed? Aim higher.

Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney in Mississippi, coach of the U7 Girl’s Purple Rush, assistant den leader and involved in numerous community activity groups. 

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You may also contact Matthew with your family law case, question or concern at 

(601) 850-8000 or Matthew@bowtielawyer.ms.

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