The first book to present empirical research on ethical decision making in a variety of practice contexts, including corporate litigation, securities, immigration, and divorce law, Lawyers in Practice fills a substantial gap in the existing literature. Following an introduction emphasizing the increasing importance of understanding context in the legal profession, contributions focus on ethical dilemmas ranging from relatively narrow ethical issues to broader problems of professionalism, including the prosecutor’s obligation to disclose evidence, the management of conflicts of interest, and loyalty to clients and the court. Each chapter details the resolution of a dilemma from the practitioner’s point of view that is, in turn, set within a particular community of practice. Timely and practical, this book should be required reading for law students as well as students and scholars of law and society.
If You're in My Office, It's Already Too Late. James Sexton knows this. After dealing with more than a thousand clients whose marriages have dissolved over everything from an ill-advised threesome with the nanny to the uneven division of carpool duties, he also knows all of the what-not-to-dos for couples who want to build—and consistently work to preserve—a lasting, fulfilling relationship. Described by former clients as a “courtroom gunslinger” and “the sociopath you want on your side,” Sexton tells the unvarnished truth about relationships, diving straight into the most common marital problems. These usually derive from dishonest—or nonexistent—communication. Even when the alleged reason for separation is one spouse’s new “personal trainer,” there’s likely a communication problem that predates the fitness kick. Symptom and root cause get confused all the time.
Sexton has spent his career working with spouses-to-be-no-longer. Reverse engineering a relationship can help to identify and fix what does not work. Ever feel like you’re holding back criticism of your spouse because you just can’t have that fight right now? Sexton will tell you to “Hit Send Now.” Maybe you aren’t as adventurous as you used to be, or need some "you time," but for some reason it seems weird or exhausting to change up the routine now. Sexton knows where that mentality leads and offers viable alternative paths to take. Though he deals constantly with the heartbreak of others, he still believes in romance and the transformative power of love. This book is his opportunity to use what he has learned to help couples that aren’t so far gone get back on track.
This new edition updates the ever-changing laws in this area and expands into additional topics of importance concerning paternity issues and fathers serving in the armed forces.
Numerous court cases are used as examples to illustrate relevant situations. An extensive list of resources including agencies, organizations and websites is included as easy reference for the reader.
Much cited and relevant today in how it frames the analysis of courts, this book's new republication features an additional Introduction and Afterword by the editors, with updates, and a new Foreword by Christina L. Boyd. As Boyd writes, “For nearly all civil and criminal cases the traditional model of court as a judge-dominated, formal adversary process of adjudication does not hold. What exists instead ... is so variable, complex, and dynamic that a proper study of courts must return to first principles. And that is precisely what an all-star list of interdisciplinary court scholars, many of whom have established storied careers as trial court experts, does so well within the chapters of this book.” She adds: “I find the text to be very contemporary. Empirical Theories About Courts’ design to focus on theory building rather than simply examining discrete datasets or engaging in data mining of a single set of observations is a key factor in the book’s longevity.”
Quality ebook features includes linked Contents and notes, fully linked and paginated Index, proper formatting, and all of the tables and figures of the original properly presented. Part of the Classics of Law & Society Series from Quid Pro Books.
In What Would Judy Say? A Grown-Up Guide to Living Together (with Benefits), Judge Judy Sheindlin enters a lively dialogue with readers from her popular Web site, www.whatwouldjudysay.com, to explore, with humor and savvy, the pitfalls and possibilities of sharing a life together before marriage.
Judy’s wisdom, based on a lifetime of experience, both in and out of court, covers the territory. In her inimitable way she offers reality checks: “Men are warriors, and warriors don’t clean up after themselves.” She cautions against blind love: “Frogs don’t become princes.” About mingling money and property, she warns: “No joint before the ring.” She advises that couples entering live-in relationships protect themselves because there is no court of People Just Living Together.
Rich with stories of real men and women who share their travels in the land of love and commitment, this is a heartwarming, funny and smart guide, to help people negotiate and really enjoy what is supposed to be this wonderful journey of life.
Each year 500,000 men will face divorce, and most of them make at least one crucial—and often irreversible—mistake. These errors might seem minor, such as moving out while things get sorted out, or thinking of “temporary” orders as being truly temporary. But when they get to court, these men discover they have put themselves in a terrible position. They may have to give up their house, pay impossibly high alimony, or even lose custody.
You could be one of these men.
But you don’t have to be.
Joseph Cordell, the founder of the nation’s largest law firm focusing on men’s divorce and the creator of DadsDivorce.com, has seen the consequences of the mistakes men make. Drawing upon the huge number of cases that Cordell & Cordell has handled, this book identifies the 10 most common mistakes that end up hurting men in divorce. Cordell demystifies the divorce process, explains what judges consider in making their final decisions, and lays out a road map for positive actions men can take to achieve the best possible outcome.
No man should face divorce without this book.
In a single handbook, He Had It Coming answers your questions, calms your nerves, and walks you through the process with confidence and control. Centered around her one-of-a-kind Pre-Divorce Plan, Schneider guides you through a divorce lawsuit, revealing insider information, divorce success secrets, and tactics, including:
•the answer to the number one question asked by wives on the verge of divorce
•crucial planning measures to implement before the papers are filed
•a hidden asset search plan to help make sure you don't walk away with less than you deserve
•tried-and-true stealth negotiation techniques to get you what you want
•how you can possibly save thousands of dollars by handling aspects of divorce yourself
•the way to hit a cheating spouse in his wallet.
Packed with checklists, strategic tips, sample practice dialogues, and firsthand pointers, He Had It Coming is the ultimate companion guide for any woman changing her "I do" to an "I don't."
The Complete Legal Guide to Senior Care contains all the information you need to make the right decisions for the seniors you care about and for yourself.
Written by an attorney who practiced in estate planning, this book explains how to manage residential, financial and medical matters as well as the legal issues that accompany them. In addition, it addresses how to help seniors cope with the emotions that accompany aging and how to discuss with them the delicate issues that aging brings.
Checklists, tips and evaluation forms are included to help you organize your thoughts and keep track of paperwork. These include tips for talking with doctors, checklists for evaluating the quality of care provided by nursing homes and other residential options and tips on how to handle appeals for Medicare or Medicaid.
This reference also provides extensive appendices that contain organizations, contact information, specific books and websites that refer you to even more helpful information and support.
This book will guide you in:
--Arranging wills, living wills, powers of attorney and estate planning
--Evaluating and selecting assisted living residences, continuing care retirement communities, nursing homes and other options
--Considering long-term care
insurance, Medigap coverage
and reverse mortgages
--Determining the level of care required
--Managing a senior's finances
--Working with other family
members to coordinate care
--Balancing your life as a caregiver
--Obtaining hospice care
When Happily Ever After Ends shows you how to regain control. It empowers you to look at yourself and your situation, and find a way through this time that will leave you financially sound and legally protected. By gaining an understanding of the three universal laws of every divorce, you can walk through this process with your head held high and dignity intact, and emerge a strong and healthy person.
With When Happily Ever After Ends, you can-
- Master the seven principles of negotiation
- Craft a settlement that gets you what you want
- Navigate through the litigation process knowledgeably-not in fear
- Create a financial plan that you can live with
- Learn better ways to cope when dealing with an ex
There is no magical fix and you can't bury your head in the sand. However, there is a clear path with a true end in sight, and the knowledge this book provides can make you BE THE PERSON YOU WANT TO BE.
Family lawyer Gayle Rosenwald Smith has designed this thoroughly researched, practical, and easy-to-read guide to help the reader through difficult, emotional, and often overwhelming divorce processes. She comprehensively explains the financial issues that can impact divorce and, most importantly, tells the reader what they can do to better understand their situation and how to take proper action.
Included are effective tools and strategies to:
Choose the best lawyers, financial advisors, and moreTrack assets with checklists and chartsEvaluate and understand stock options and other "perks"Prepare a budget and expense sheetsValue business, pension plans, and retirement funds-401(k)s, IRAs, and moreUnderstand the importance of insurance in divorceDetermine the best course of action for the family home and other propertyGet a good property settlement agreementEnsure your future financial security and economic well being
The weeks following your separation may prove to be the most difficult weeks of your life. But with a little help and support, you'll find the strength you need to get through the divorce process and move on.
Author Loriann Hoff Oberlin, M.S., understands the rough road to starting over. A survivor herself, she shares her personal experience as well as her professional expertise as she shows you how to rebuild your life, step by step.
Surviving Separation and Divorce, 2nd Edition provides you with markers for the legally and emotionally taxing journey ahead, including how to:
Rebuild your self-esteemExplore reconciliation--or notHelp your children get through the transitionDeal with lawyers and the court systemManage money and financesReturn to and thrive in the workforceDevelop an active social lifeConsider remarriage
With this completely revised and updated classic at your side, you'll summon your inner strength, let go of the past, and build a better future--starting today.
The evidence turns up some surprising facts about the complexities of intimate abuse, facts that run against mainstream assumptions: The current system robs battered women of what power they do hold. Perhaps as many as half of women in abusive relationships stay in them for strong cultural, economic, religious, or emotional reasons. Jailing their partners often makes their situations worse. Women are at least as physically violent and emotionally aggressive as are men toward women, and women's aggression is often central to the dynamic of intimate abuse.
Informed by compelling evidence, personal experience, and what abused women themselves say about their needs, Mills proposes no less than a fundamentally new system. Addressing the real dynamics of intimate abuse and incorporating proven methods of restorative justice, Mills's approach focuses on healing and transformation rather than shame or punishment. Already the subject of heated controversy, Insult to Injury offers a desperately needed and powerful means for using what we know to reduce violence in our homes.
Divorce can be emotionally devastating at any time, but the emotional and financial challenges are even greater for people who divorce later in life and can face complicated issues of blended families, health care concerns, and retirement planning.
Attorney Janice Green brings 30-plus years of experience as a divorce lawyer, and in particular her experience counseling clients over 50, to Divorce After 50. She addresses: • Divorce options (including mediation and collaborative divorce)
• How to receive the best guidance from lawyers and professional advisers
• Dividing marital property fairly
• Retirement plan rules
• Spousal support (alimony)
• How divorce affects estate planning
• Keeping good health care (updated to include new rules under the Affordable Care Act) The book also includes divorce survival stories that illustrate your options and provide encouragement. They got through it, and with the help of Divorce After 50, you can, too.
Contents: 1. Divorce; 2. Children; 3. Child maintenance; 4. Finances and property; 5. Domestic violence; 6. Mediation; 7. Costs and legal aid; 8. Final thoughts; Appendix 1 - Example Documents; Appendix 2 - Useful Addresses and Websites; Appendix 3 - Glossary; Appendix 4 - List of Divorce County Courts; Index.
The House Matters in Divorce presents the numerous legal, emotional, and practical challenges of equitably settling your marital home—and offers specifics on how to handle those issues and who to turn to for professional help. This book clears up common misconceptions about dividing real estate assets and empowers both parties to be proactive, make smart decisions, and emerge from this complex process financially sound and prepared for the future. It includes detailed information on:
• Whether to sell or not
• Common pitfalls that plague the uninformed
• How to determine what the house is really worth
• Making housing decisions that are truly in your children’s best interests
• What to do about the deed and the mortgage if one spouse stays in the home
• Proceeds of the sale (if any) and what to do if there is no equity
• The court’s perspective and power
Learn how best to deal with your most important financial asset—your home—from a real estate expert who specialize in divorce. Get the facts about how to make wise and purposeful choices to set yourself up for success as you move forward with building a new life—a life that includes financial health.
All of these issues will be addressed in the new edition of Making It Legal, which provides a brief history of the same-sex marriage movement, an overview of emerging trends, and a discussion of the factors involved in the personal decision to marry, including:
whether a pre-nup agreement is advisable what it involves whether you will be responsible for your partner's debts if you're married how to evaluate the effect of taxes on shared lives when to turn to professionals for help during disagreements when a will or living trust might be needed, and more!
Major financial decisions are often overwhelming, but they can feel downright impossible when you’re in the midst of a divorce. Turn to Divorce & Money, the acclaimed guide that translates complex financial concepts into plain language. Learn to divide assets during your divorce and avoid making financial mistakes that could affect you for the rest of your life.
Create a cash flow statement using your income and expenses. Learn how to uncover your spouse’s financial information. Determine the value of real estate, retirement accounts, and other assets. Decide whether to keep or sell the house. Understand how child support and alimony are calculated. Divide your property and debts fairly. Negotiate a comprehensive settlement. Achieve financial stability after divorce. Learn when and how to talk to a professional (attorney, tax adviser, or appraiser).
The 12th edition is updated with the latest tax figures and information about retirement benefits.
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Helping readers to make rational decisions in an irrational time, this expert guide takes women through the practical issues of divorce—especially the things their lawyer may not reveal. When it comes to divorce, what you don’t know CAN hurt you…and sometimes, women need more than just a lawyer’s advice to help them through this complicated and confusing time. That’s why divorce consultant Margery Rubin has created What Your Divorce Lawyer May Not Tell You, a unique guide for the woman working to stay afloat during one of the most difficult times of her life. Learn: • How to select the right lawyer and negotiate a price you can afford. • Why waiting to consult an attorney—even if you’re not sure you’re going to file for divorce—can be a costly mistake. • Where to look for important financial information that your spouse might be hiding. • How to build in “safeguards” to your custody agreement to prevent costly court battles later on. Packed with the author’s expertise—gained first during the breakup of her own marriage to a top divorce attorney, and then as the founder of DivorceSource, a consulting firm dedicated to advising women on how to navigate divorce proceedings—this book gives women invaluable, step-by-step advice on everything they need to survive their marriage’s end…and get on with the rest of their lives.
Dissolution of Marriage, 12th Edition, highlights:
• Update on references to rules of procedure, statutes, and case law, particularly regarding the impact of the updates to the Rules of Judicial Administration on family court cases.
• Discusses and updates the rules and forms for electronic filing and service.
• Updates federal tax code citations as well as monetary impact and references.
• Updates current forms and adds new forms for practitioner usability.
• Shares details regarding the representation of battered spouses, particularly pertaining to appropriate use of injunctions against repeat, dating, or sexual violence, and stalking.
• Shares details regarding financial relief options available to clients, asset protection, and attorneys' fees.
• Shares the impact of same sex relationships on annulment, child custody, and final judgments.
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This book guides you through a negotiated divorce, using divorce mediation, or an increasingly popular approach called collaborative divorce. Encouraging and straightforward, Divorce Without Court explains:
how mediation works.
how collaborative divorce works.
how to maximize opportunities for settlement.
how to get an agreement in writing.
how to find and use advisors.
Divorce Without Court provides the latest resources, contact information for state offices, national and regional organizations, and clear examples of what you can expect. With downloadable worksheets and checklists.
From filing for divorce through the trial, Winning Divorce Strategies provides guidance to help you avoid the pitfalls of divorce and to help you prepare a game plan to take control of your divorce. It provides information onchoosing a lawyer; deciding to litigate ornegotiate; recognizing the opposition; filing and serving papers; being prepared; making financial decisions; winning custody strategies; and negotiating a win-win settlement.
Through experience gained from real-life situations, Perskin shares the divorce secrets he has discovered and details the tactics that have been designed to ensure you are in the best possible position throughout the case.
This completely revised and expanded second edition includes updated statistics, recent case studies that reflect modern marriages, complete indexing, and a comprehensive appendix of resources. Kathleen Miller has added new topics and chapters, including:
Grounded in the experiences of her more than 3,000 clients, Kathleen Miller's advice is clear and concise. FAIR SHARE DIVORCE FOR WOMEN, Second Edition will offer you the guidance and support you need to safeguard your marital assets, and will empower you to take control of your divorce and financial future.
How to File for Divorce in Pennsylvania simplifies and thoroughly explains everything you need to know to successfully handle your own divorce. With easy-to-use forms and step-by-step instructions, this book makes filing for divorce inexpensive and hassle-free.
• Summary of the law. A quick and easy reference to the law regarding every major substantive issue in marital and family law cases.
• Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure. A complete, plain English summary of every rule, complete with case annotations.
• Evidentiary issues highlighted. Separate chapters are devoted to evidentiary issues most commonly encountered in marital law cases, including documentary evidence, trial testimony (proffering testimony, privileges, and objections), witnesses (including expert witnesses), and the rules of hearsay.
Florida Family Law Trial Notebook is the single source for answers to issues arising in family court. Its tabbed pages and unique organization will help you solve the most difficult evidence, procedure, and substantive law questions.
Highlights of this edition include summaries of recent cases concerning:
• Residency requirements' impact on challenges to validity of marriage
• Premarital and separation and settlement agreements
• Criteria for permanent alimony
• Equitable distribution of marital assets and liabilities
• Parental responsibility
• Attorneys' fees
Examples & Explanations: Family Law, 5E provides readers with an in-depth understanding of complex family law principles and how they are applied in practice. Its clear organization breaks family law into distinct topics. Following the Examples and Explanations pedagogy, this book features examples based on challenging real-life situations followed by practical solutions in the explanations section. Citations and links to additional source material make the text a valuable research tool.
The Fifth Edition puts a greater emphasis on self-assessment and helping students prepare for a variety of testing approaches. There is a new focus on emerging national legislative trends, and the legal issues faced by same-sex partners are discussed across chapters. This edition includes new alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes and professional responsibility issues arising from interdisciplinary roles.
Family law evolves quickly and the Fifth Edition captures recent developments while anticipating future policy challenges.
Features:Updated chapters, including coverage of recent same-sex marriage decisions. Updated and additional problems. Sharper focus and detail in several chapters. Text that is easily researched using the index and Table of Cases. More identification and discussion of emerging policy issues.
Features:Comprehensive in coverage. The book includes basic coverage of the issues of marriage and divorce, as well as current issues such as non-marital families, child abuse and neglect, and same-sex marriage.Helpful real-life examples enhance the textual discussions. Sample forms show students what they will encounter in practice.Clear pedagogy including summaries, key terms, and review and discussion questions help students better understand the material and develop their critical thinking and writing skills. Mindful of the pressures of a condensed course, historical material and discussions of cutting edge issues and theoretical debates are minimized.Includes case summaries, used only to highlight key points.The assignments at the end of the chapters are practice-focused, emphasizing key skills paralegals in family law need to know.
The practice of family law has changed dramatically over the past several decades and continues to develop. This well-indexed, single volume puts the most timely information at your fingertips, with coverage of critical topics including:
• Custody and visitation
• Calculation of alimony and child support
• Trials, pre-trial and post-judgment motion practice
• Domestic violence
• Marital torts
• Divorce taxation
The authors have expanded the discussion of mediation, arbitration, and equitable distribution, and added analysis on the creation and dissolution of civil unions in the Second Edition, plus added 87 essential matrimonial forms to save you valuable time.
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