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A review of your contractor agreement by a lawyer, to make sure the document you sign protects your best interests. After your lawyer reviews the contractor agreement, they’ll call you to discuss any issues. At the end of your 30-minute call, you’ll know what changes to make and be able to sign with confidence.

 

This is right for you if you’re a contractor or you run a business that’s hiring a contractor.

How it works
  1. Select the business lawyer you’d like to hire.
  2. Upload your contract and pay online. The lawyer will review a reasonable-sized document, typically less than 20 pages.
  3. Your lawyer will review your document and call you within 1 business day.
What’s included
  • Document review. A review of your contractor agreement by the attorney.
  • A 30-minute phone call with an attorney. Most people get the answers they’re looking for in less than 30 minutes, but if it goes longer, the phone will not automatically disconnect.
  • Answers and advice. The lawyer will answer your questions about your document and recommend changes if needed.
  • Privacy. The information you share and everything you discuss on the phone is protected by attorney-client privilege.
What’s not included
  • Additional work by the attorney after the 30-minute phone call. Most people have the answers they need within 30 minutes, but you are welcome to talk to the attorney about hiring them for additional work after the call.
  • Fact-checking your information. For example, the attorney will not know if you spelled your address incorrectly, but they will know if you put your address in the wrong place.
  • Editing documents. Your lawyer may recommend changes, but you are responsible for making the updates.

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    A review of your vendor agreement by a lawyer, to make sure the document you sign protects your best interests. After your lawyer reviews the vendor agreement, they’ll call you to discuss any issues. At the end of your 30-minute call, you’ll know what changes to make and be able to sign with confidence.

     

    This is right for you if you’re a vendor or you run a business that’s hiring a vendor.

    How it works
    1. Select the business lawyer you’d like to hire.
    2. Upload your contract and pay online. The lawyer will review a reasonable-sized document, typically less than 20 pages.
    3. Your lawyer will review your document and call you within 1 business day.
    What’s included
    • Document review. A review of your vendor agreement by an attorney.
    • A 30-minute phone call with the attorney. Most people get the answers they’re looking for in less than 30 minutes, but if it goes longer, the phone will not automatically disconnect.
    • Answers and advice. The lawyer will answer your questions about your document and recommend changes if needed.
    • Privacy. The information you share and everything you discuss on the phone is protected by attorney-client privilege.
    What’s not included
    • Additional work by the attorney after the 30-minute phone call. Most people have the answers they need within 30 minutes, but you are welcome to talk to the attorney about hiring them for additional work after the call.
    • Fact-checking your information. For example, the attorney will not know if you spelled your address incorrectly, but they will know if you put your address in the wrong place.
    • Editing documents. Your lawyer may recommend changes, but you are responsible for making the updates.

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  • Document review: Contractor agreement

    $149fixed fee
     100% of customers recommend this service

    Last purchased 1 day ago

    Description

     

    A review of your contractor agreement by a lawyer, to make sure the document you sign protects your best interests. After your lawyer reviews the contractor agreement, they’ll call you to discuss any issues. At the end of your 30-minute call, you’ll know what changes to make and be able to sign with confidence.

     

    This is right for you if you’re a contractor or you run a business that’s hiring a contractor.

    How it works
    1. Select the business lawyer you’d like to hire.
    2. Upload your contract and pay online. The lawyer will review a reasonable-sized document, typically less than 20 pages.
    3. Your lawyer will review your document and call you within 1 business day.
    What’s included
    • Document review. A review of your contractor agreement by the attorney.
    • A 30-minute phone call with an attorney. Most people get the answers they’re looking for in less than 30 minutes, but if it goes longer, the phone will not automatically disconnect.
    • Answers and advice. The lawyer will answer your questions about your document and recommend changes if needed.
    • Privacy. The information you share and everything you discuss on the phone is protected by attorney-client privilege.
    What’s not included
    • Additional work by the attorney after the 30-minute phone call. Most people have the answers they need within 30 minutes, but you are welcome to talk to the attorney about hiring them for additional work after the call.

Description

 

A review of your consulting agreement by a lawyer, to make sure the document you sign protects your best interests. After your lawyer reviews the consulting agreement, they’ll call you to discuss any issues. At the end of your 30-minute call, you’ll know what changes to make and be able to sign with confidence.

 

This is right for you if you are a consultant or you run a business that’s hiring a consultant.

How it works
  1. Select the business lawyer you’d like to hire.
  2. Upload your contract and pay online. The lawyer will review a reasonable-sized document, typically less than 20 pages.
  3. Your lawyer will review your document and call you within 1 business day.
What’s included
  • Document review. A review of your consulting agreement by an attorney.
  • A 30-minute phone call with the attorney. Most people get the answers they’re looking for in less than 30 minutes, but if it goes longer, the phone will not automatically disconnect.
  • Answers and advice. The lawyer will answer your questions about your document and recommend changes if needed.
  • Privacy. The information you share and everything you discuss on the phone is protected by attorney-client privilege.
What’s not included
  • Additional work by the attorney after the 30-minute phone call. Most people have the answers they need within 30 minutes, but you are welcome to talk to the attorney about hiring them for additional work after the call.
  • Fact-checking your information. For example, the attorney will not know if you spelled your address incorrectly, but they will know if you put your address in the wrong place.
  • Editing documents. Your lawyer may recommend changes, but you are responsible for making the updates.

How to get ready to collect money

This is just some generic information for creditors.
The key to successful collections is information about a “way to go” from the debtor.
The debtor’s income stream from wages or contracts needs to be legally intercepted before the debtor gets his or her hands on the money, or after the debtor puts the money in the bank. From contractual writs, to bank writs and attachments, to wage garnishments and attachments are normal points in the income stream that may be intercepted, extreme points are forced sale of assets like a sheriff’s sale.
Bear in mind that if the debtor is eligible for protection under bankruptcy law that is their “get out of jail free card” and can be played when eligible and you will have to pay back anything that you obtained from 90 days prior. An interesting issues is always the age of the account and fresher is better; when the debt hits the statute of limitations you are done.

Once you have a judgment and you can transcribe the judgment into the jurisdiction where the debtor lives or works you can collect.
If you have a judgment you can conduct supplemental proceedings or a debtor’s examination, or in the alternative, you can send interrogatories to the debtor.

If you suspect the debtor has transferred assets subsequent to your judgment and you can prove it, you have recourse under the Uniform Fraudulent Transfers Act if the act was adopted by your state or the debtor’s state or where the assets are located.

You can also turn your account over to licensed and bonded collection agency for about half of the proceeds or hire a collection lawyer to work the account for a time or a percentage.

I may not practice in your jurisdiction and you should talk with agencies and lawyers in the debtor’s area.

Good Luck and follow the FDPCA http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/credit/cre27.pdf

Basic advice on dealing with collectors

You will need to consult with a consumer protection or bankruptcy lawyer locally at once for private and specific advice on your particular issues.

Make an appointment for specific legal counseling, and take all your paperwork and perhaps a written chronological summary.

1. Start keeping a detailed log of all calls and letters and a paper file of all information. Because persistent violations of the FDPCA are punishable by statutory fines and attorney’s fees under federal law, but you need hard evidence.

2. Make a written demand that all further communications from creditors is in writing under 15 USC 1692 (c).
The letter should also contain a dispute of the validity of the charges and include a demand for a complete accounting with signatures, and all contents of their file.
The creditor then has 30 days to reply and they may not take any action until you have been sent the validation. Bear in mind that this may be motivation for the collector to work your account when the file comes to them from the original creditor with new information.

3. Do not give them any personal information because that is how collectors decide on which accounts to recommend suing. Remember they may not tell the truth and will say just about anything to get a payment from you and that payment reaffirms the debt, gives them information about you and your bank and ability to pay.

4. If you are going to make payments use money orders only and not personal checks, wire transfers, money grams, or “check by phone” because if the collector finds a bank account the collector will be more likely recommend a lawsuit to their legal department.

5. All collections are negotiable; the original creditor has given up and is losing up to 50% on the face value already either by splitting any return or selling at a huge discount. In addition, the costs of a lawsuit although discounted still are a factor in the decision to settle with you.

If you are going to settle mark the check “settled-in-full” at the very top back of the check and include a letter explaining you are offering a settlement, keep copies of everything.

6. Get written confirmation of any payment plan the agency will accept before making a payment.

7. Specify in writing that all payments will be applied to principle first.

If you are ready to throw in the towel, go see a local bankruptcy attorney and explore your options for federal protection. The protection will even look back 90 days from filing and get back money taken by the collectors and apply it fairly.

If your debt is with the government like the IRS or a State agency or for Child Support or taxes, the rules will be different and you will need a local lawyer at once.

DO NOT use a paid debt settlement service; most of them are scammers.

I have pasted a link to the FDPCA to help you with your state federal rights;

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/credit/cre27.pdf

Washington collection agency complaint form: http://www.dol.wa.gov/forms/600006E.pdf

Washington statute regulating collection agencies: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=19.16

Consumer rights in Washington: http://www.dol.wa.gov/business/collectionagency…

You should read the FDPCA from the links above and become informed about your rights; this will help you and your lawyer.

I hope this information and generic advice is helpful
Good Luck

Contact and Practice information (360) 376-6820

Shawn Alexander

Shawn Alexander Attorney at Law
PO Box 359
Olga, WA 98279

Phone: (360) 376-6820

Email me at positivelaw@gmail.com
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Can you answer this, “What will make you happy?”

  • Legal Topic

Real Estate

Preferred New Clients

I will accept cases from those who need me and who I can help.

Sub-Categories

Commercial Real Estate

  • Architectural & Engineering
  • Building Codes
  • Buying & Selling
  • Condemnation
  • Condominiums & Cooperatives
  • Construction Contracts
  • Construction Defects
  • Construction Financing
  • Conveyancing
  • Eminent Domain
  • Homeowners’ Associations
  • Insurance
  • Land Contracts
  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Mechanics’ Liens
  • Mortgages
  • Property Taxes
  • Real Estate Loans
  • Renting & Leasing
  • Title Insurance
  • Title Litigation
  • Landlord

Residential Real Estate

  • Architectural & Engineering
  • Broker & Transaction Litigation
  • Building Codes
  • Buying & Selling
  • Condemnation
  • Condominiums & Cooperatives
  • Construction Contracts
  • Conveyancing
  • Eminent Domain
  • Homeowners’ Associations
  • Insurance
  • Land Contracts
  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Mechanics’ Liens
  • Mortgages
  • Property Taxes
  • Real Estate Loans
  • Renting & Leasing
  • Title Insurance
  • Title Litigation
  • Landlord

Legal Topic

Business Law

Preferred New Clients

I will accept cases from those who need me and who I can help.

Sub-Categories

Business Law

  • Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Banking & Finance

  • Commercial Banks & Loans
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Mortgages & Foreclosures

Business Formation & Dissolution

  • Business Successions
  • Buying & Selling
  • Closely Held Businesses
  • Corporations
  • Directors’ & Officers’ Liability
  • Limited Liability Companies (LLCs)
  • Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
  • Partnerships

Commercial Law

  • Breach of Contract
  • Contract Disputes
  • Contract Drafting & Review
  • Employment Contracts
  • Non-Compete Contracts
  • Secured Transactions
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Warranties

Construction

  • Commercial Construction Contracts
  • Construction Disputes
  • Dangerous Property
  • Mechanics’ Liens

Entertainment Law

  • Film

Consumer/Lemon Law

  • Debt Collection/Relief/Harassment

Legal Topic

Government & Environment

Preferred New Clients

I will accept cases from those who need me and who I can help.

Sub-Categories

Administrative Law

  • Hearings & Adjudication
  • Investigations
  • Regulatory Enforcement
  • Rulemaking

Constitutional Law

  • Freedom of Speech

Environmental Law

  • Clean Air
  • Dumping & Disposing
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Permits
  • Regulatory Compliance & Auditing

    • Solid Waste
  • Water Pollution
  • Wetlands & Wild Lands


Lobbying


  • Consultation
  • Legal Issues Advising
  • Lobbying Activities

Natural Resources Law

  • Fisheries & Wildlife
  • Logging & Timber
  • Water & Riparian Rights

State, Local, & Municipal Law

  • Land Use & Zoning

 

Bar Admissions

WA, Jun 2000

Other Court Admissions

Washington State Courts.

Lummi Tribal Bar

Association Memberships

The Washington Bar.

Continuing Education

I attend seminars in areas of law I hope will benefit my clients and cover areas of law that I find interesting.

Example Cases

I handled a successful appeal regarding a homeowner’s association that closed one of the access roads cutting off my clients during periodic flooding. We were successful in overturning the decision.

I have had a number of adverse possession cases on both sides. One case involved a family that wanted to start a daycare service. After researching the licensing requirements, they found they had to have a fenced yard. When they fenced their backyard, the next-door neighbor sued to prevent blocking a potential access to their own backyard across a shared driveway. The Court agreed with my clients and allowed the fence to remain and the new business to start.

Timber trespass is when someone cuts down a tree, or trees, that are not his or hers. I have handled a number of timber trespass cases. The facts of each case are always different, but usually a neighbor cuts down trees accidentally or on purpose and when the trespass is discovered, the dispute begins. I try to explain the situation to my client and the possible outcomes. Usually there is a settlement and or replacement trees, sometimes insurance is involved.

I regularly help business owners sell their businesses and help people buy businesses. The largest transaction was more than $15 million and took almost a year. Subsequent issues carried on after the sale for the new owners.

Small businesses and start-ups are something I deal with on a daily basis. I offer a substantial discount for new businesses.

I also counsel clients with day-to-day issues and help them find help if I am not able to address the issues.

Education

School:

Huxley College, Western Washington University

Degree:

Bachelor of Science

City:

Bellingham

State:

WA

Year:

1996

Honors:

Thomas Huxley Award.

Focus and Accomplishments:

Environmental Policy & Assessment

 

School:

Whatcom Community College

Degree:

Associate in Applied Science

City:

Bellingham

State:

WA

Year:

1994

 

School:

Seattle University School of Law

Degree:

Juris Doctor

City:

Seattle

State:

WA

Year:

1999

Number of Attorneys

1

State Licensed In

Washington

Firm Focus and History

I started as a solo lawyer in 2000 and I am still surviving. Cases accepted in: Real Estate, Land Use, Environmental Law, Business, Commercial law, Contracts, and Collections.

Previous Employment Summary

I started in the Washington Army National Guard as a combat engineer, and then worked in the private sector as a heavy equipment operator. After receiving a degree in civil engineering, I continued in heavy construction until I was injured on the job. I then received my Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Policy and Assessment. During that time I worked as an intern for a local Port Authority in the environmental compliance section. During law school I worked as an intern in the County Prosecutor’s office in civil division working on Land Use and Environmental cases.

What is your opinion regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I enjoy speaking with clients who have taken the trouble to research and learn about the situation they are facing. It helps all of us because there is only so much time to devote to work. A well-prepared client is quicker to help and find a solution.

Are you willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I prefer it that way. I can see their ideas and plans better and then just helping them conform to the convention of the law.

Are you willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I like to help those who will help themselves, rather than try to tell the client what they need.

Why did you decide to be a lawyer?

I was disabled in an accident and needed to approach the world from a new frame of mind. I visited one of my old job sites which was one of the most environmentally conscious projects I worked on and saw litter, waste, and a general mess.

I started working as an apprentice engineer on the hydro-electric project adjacent to a wilderness area and saw wildlife daily. When I came back years later, I saw abandoned vehicles and garbage because we left the roads open. Irresponsible people then overran the wilderness area. I knew then the law was the only way to change such projects because we followed the law and it still was a mess.

What work experience and education helps you be a better lawyer?

I have the ability to cut through the mess of detail, summarize a situation, and jump to the end of the story. I will only work for people who I think are honest and I have a good B.S. detector.

Why did you decide on your primary area of practice?

I refuse criminal, personal injury, and family law cases because I do not see a positive side and I will listen to any other type of issues. I focus on real estate and construction because it is a field I have practical experience in and I like to see my clients have successful projects.

What do you like best about your career?

I enjoy helping people find positive solutions to life’s issues and I have the best commute.

Tell us about your law firm:

I am a solo practitioner, so I am what you get when you call or come and see me.

What are your strengths and style?

I like to summarize a situation and lay out the possible and probable outcome for my clients’ right at the beginning.

I have a lot of willpower, in fact, I have extra, and I am willing to tell other people what to do.

Personal Interests:

I like working on machinery, like boats and cars and I like playing with my dogs. I am trying to start a fish farm in my spare time.

 

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

I am generally available by telephone or e-mail. Bellingham office by appointment only.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Fixed-Price Services and Fees

I always consult with clients by telephone or email at no cost to help them give me all the details of their case and new updates and developments as they occur.

Fees may be calculated using some or all of the following methods:
Flat fee: Single fee for a single issue (i.e., Wills $500 minimum, Deeds $500, Letter $250)
Hourly rate: Billed monthly for services. $250 per hour (HEARINGS $250 to $1,500)
Blended hourly rate: Specialty rate, standard or reduced rate
Flat fee plus hourly
Hourly plus contingency
Retainer: Complete fee paid in advance, held in trust as billable hours accumulate monthly, then transferred to my account
Retainer deposit against future services: Cost paid in advance, monthly statement
Unit fee: Per transaction or service (Real Estate sale $600 minimum)
$500 special trip without notice fee
$150 planned trip fee
$500 weekend trip fee

All clients shall sign a fee agreement and pay before work commences.

All fees are due when billed. If you have a court appearance, hearing or need a document drafted all fees must be paid prior to work commencing.

There is a monthly $25 rebilling fee on all remaining balances.

Payment arrangements in advance only.
Client service exchanges:
1. Services in furtherance of case, to reduce charges (client does preliminary casework).
2. Services instead of payment. Mutual agreement and valuation (example trade for car, boat, construction services, etc.).
BASIC FEES
1. $250 per hour or per page drafted
2. $250 minimum for meetings
3. $500 special trip fee (no notice)
4. $150 planned travel fee (one week notice)
5. $25 rebilling fee on any balance due over 30 days

MINIMUM LITIGATION FEES
1. $1,500 District Court Summons and Complaint
2. $2,500 Superior Court Summons and Complaint
3. $2,500 minimum deposit for interrogatories and answers thereto
4. $500 minimum deposition plus costs
5. $1,500 per day during litigation
6. $1,500 answer to a summons and complaint
7. $50 notice of appearance
8. $500 surcharge accepting case via withdrawal and substitution
9. $350 Contested Traffic hearing, (includes discovery)

TRANSACTIONAL FEES
1. $500 deeds for real property
2. $1,500 minimum LLC agreement, more for special provisions
3. $1,500 construction liens, (up to but not including foreclosure)
4. $250 per hour for negotiations
5. $500 minimum for purchase and sale agreements, contracts, and leases
6. $500 homeowners meetings (first two hours included)
7. $250 letters (includes redrafts)

Hourly Rates

$250.

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, for as long as it takes to hear the story.

Be honest and never lie to your lawyer or your doctor.

Be honest and never lie to your lawyer or your doctor. Be prepared to take notes because the lawyer has some good free advice that will normally cost several hundred dollars an hour to hear. Follow that advice or get a second opinion, but do not ignore what you are told. The lawyer may not want to take your case and if he or she is busy they will let you know and refer you to someone who can help. “Can Help”, are the key words, say for instance you want the punk down the street castrated for getting your little princess pregnant, that is just not the type solution the law presently follows. However, eighteen years of child support is more in line and according to some people, more effective and painful. Therefore, when talking with a lawyer, please keep in mind there are only a few fixes for almost all problems available to the legal system. I like to tell people money is the universal fix, second is stopping the offending action, and third is putting things back and doing what was agreed. The later is very rare and the former the most common. So if you don’t want money the legal system is probably not the right venue for you. I often hear, “we will own them”, I usually say, “well not so much”, when something bad happens and you may have a claim and get a judgment that is still a long way from owning someone, in fact that went out a long time ago. You may only be entitled to what it takes and you can prove, (yes, you have to actually prove it) will undo the wrong you suffered at their hands. So just because you are right doesn’t mean it is worth your time to seek legal remedies. I try and explain that full blown litigation will be a huge pain in the ass and you are paying to gamble and you may lose. The key is to keep an open mind and let the past go and look at future prospects.

Table of contents

1.                                                           INTRODUCTION 1-6

2.                                             WHAT WILL MAKE YOU HAPPY 2-8

3.                               GET IT IN WRITING WHILE YOU ARE IN LOVE. 3-14

4.         IF SOMEONE SAYS THERE IS NO TIME, STEAL SOME FOR YOURSELF. 4-22

5.         NEVER DENY ANOTHER MAN OR WOMAN THEIR SCAM FOR THEY MAY DENY YOU YOURS 5-24

6.                              MY SIMPLE FLOW CHART FOR LEGAL ADVICE 6-25

7.             FIND THE RULES AND READ THEM OR GET SOMEONE WHO CAN 7-25

8.                                   DON’T BELIVE EVERY THING YOU THINK 8-27

9.                                 THAT IS WHAT INSURANCE IS FOR DUMMY 9-28

10.           ALWAYS CONSIDER THE SOURCE & CAREFULLY CONSIDER YOUR AUDIENCE 10-29

11.       INSURANCE COMPANIES MAKE THEIR MONEY BY LOOKING YOU IN THE EYE AND TELLING YOU NOTHING BAD WILL HAPPEN, AND THEN PUTTING THE MONEY INTO A DRAWER AND KEEPING IT CLOSED. 11-29

12.                                  NEVER KICK A PERSON IN A BLACK ROBE 12-30

13.               IF YOU ARE NERVOUS IT WILL SHOW OR IN OTHER WORDS THE PENALTY FOR LYING IN COURT IS WORSE THAN ACIDENTALLY KILLING YOUR EX 13-31

14.                                         DON’T BREAK THE RULES DUMMY 14-33

15.       YOU CAN TALK YOUR WAY INTO TROUBLE, BUT YOU CAN’T TALK YOUR WAY OUT 15-34

16.                                           ARE YOU ALWAYS THIS STUPID? 16-36

17.                   DON’T LEND MONEY UNLESS YOU CAN LIVE WITHOUT IT. 17-36

18.                           YOU CAN FIGHT CITY HALL AND YOU CAN LOSE. 18-36

19.           YOU HAVE TO PAY TO PLAY AND THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS, LOOK AROUND 19-39

20.           CON ARTISTS CAN ONLY GET YOUR MONEY WHEN YOU GIVE IT TO THEM 20-40

21.                          NEVER BELIVE A PROMISE, VERIFY THEN TRUST 21-41

22.                                     IT IS NOT ILLEAGAL TO LIE, USUALLY 22-43

23.                   NOTHING WILL WAKE YOU UP LIKE A BELIVABLE THREAT 23-44

24.               AN IMAGINED RESULT IS ALWAYS MORE THREATING THAT AN OVERSTATED THREAT 24-44

25.                                     DELIVERY IS HALF OF THE MESSAGE 25-44

26.           WHEN IT SEEMS LIKE SHOOTING DUCKS IN BARREL LOOK OUT FOR BAZOOKAS, GERNADES, AND LAND MINES 26-45

27.                                  TIME IS GOING BY ANYWAY SO GO FOR IT 27-45

28.                                      GREEDY PEOPLE ARE EASY TO READ 28-46

29.               BY DEFINITION A RATIONAL MIND CANNOT UNDERSTAND AN IRRATIONIOAL THOUGHT 29-46

30.                        A SURE BET IS, YOU WILL GET WET WHEN IT RAINS 30-50

31.       REMEMBER UNLESS YOU SCREWED THEM ALL THEY REALLY WANT IS MONEY 31-51

32.               WHEN SOMEONE SCREAMS IT TAKES YOUR ATTENTION AWAY 32-52

33.           YOU WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE RESTURANT WHERE YOU GOT FOOD POISONING 33-53

34.           NEVER CHEAT THE TAX MAN, BUT HEY, YOU CAN WORK SOMETHING OUT 34-56

35.                          LIFE IS TOUGH SHUT UP AND TAKE YOUR LUMPS 35-59

36.                                                  TIMING IS EVERYTHING 36-59

37.       YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW SOCIETIES’S RULES OR YOU WILL GET A TIME OUT 37-60

38.                           GRAVITY ALWAYS WINS OR DARWIN WAS RIGHT 38-61

39.           IF YOU DO SOMETHING WRONG LONG ENOUGH IT BECOMES RIGHT 39-61

40.                                         IT NEVER HURTS TO OFFER LESS 40-61

41.           PUT THE BLINDERS ON THEM OR TAKE THEM OFF OF YOURSELF 41-61

42.                                          DO GOOD FIRST, THEN DO WELL 42-62

43.                                         CLEANING UP MAKES YOU HAPPY 43-62

44.                              IF IT FLYS, FORNICATES, OR FLOATS RENT IT 44-62

45.                                   SOME PEOPLE SHOULD BE LEFT ALONE 45-62

46.                                             WHAT WOULD YOUR DOG DO? 46-62

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August 14, 2009

The Legal system is our system to sort out rights and responsibilities. I as a primarily civil practitioner the whole system revolves around money. Criminal law surprisingly revolves around keeping people out of jail and the proper punishment of those found guilty of some misdeed or other and almost completely ignores our inherent need for justice for a victim.

Most people come to a lawyer with a problem or project and sometimes even a desired outcome. If that is case great, we can work on it. Sometimes people just want somebody to listen to them and get some feedback and that is OK as well. Occasionally a client will say that something just isn’t fair, right, or is plain wrong and it is hard to disagree with them because those are truly subjective measures developed by society to guide us in day-to day dealing with each other. However just because something is just plain wrong doesn’t necessarily mean the legal system is equipped to deal with the client’s issue. I frequently use the old adage “it is a legal system not a justice system.” By this, I mean the guy who cut down your trees or smashed your car isn’t going to personally fix them next weekend. Now this seems logical but when a major invasion of your daily life has screwed up your plans it is easy to see why justice should be reasonable.
Sorry, as reasonable is firmly defined by the legal system and your neighbors’ kid fixing your window isn’t it. Get over yourself and take the settlement to put you back where you belong, and if you were throwing rocks get ready to pay for a window maybe some curtains and the clean up. The world is very complicated and the law tends to put things in categories to sort them out, if you have a big problem and you think or know it will impact you and you care , get out the yellow pages and find a lawyer that offers a free half an hour consultation on the subject of your concern and make an appointment. If it is with me I will frequently say, yes you are right, and it is not fair ‘shut up and take your lumps life is tough” or “Yes you are right and just how much of that can you take to the bank”

today’s posting

The legal system can only do a few things for you. However, it can do a lot, “to you” and none of them are good, so you should avoid litigation if at all possible, yes I am a lawyer. I always try to ask my clients, (when I remember.) What will make you happy? Then we discuss how the system can or cannot help them get what they want. As you expect this is a reality check for my clients and sometime myself.
I usually start by point out that happiness is fleeting and life is 80% daily grind, 10% total disaster, 5% Ok and if you are lucky 5% happiness. Your results may vary. I have found a conversation explaining just meeting the basic human needs can result in happiness and even people with vast resources and time to enjoy them will not necessarily be happy. Unless you appreciate what you have, you will never be happy. The best way I have found to be happy is to share your resources.

Now anyone who has known me since I was a rotten kid, will choke on their laughter because as an older brother and generally larger guy and bully, I have always said “sharing is for the weak.” Anyone not strong enough to hold on to what they want, doesn’t really deserve it in the first place. This also works for those who want something bad enough to fight for it. However, after you get what you want sometimes it loses its luster and appeal and you may see that only the battle is what you wanted, not the prize. This pattern I see repeated often. I frequently use the old adage “be careful what you wish for” I love adages old and new, so get used to it.

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