Blog Posts in February, 2016

  • 28-Feb-2016

    Family Law Litigation in the 21st Century

    While Jetson's it's not, litigation in the 21st Century is proving to be filled with fascinating opportunities that we've never experienced before. I worked in another international custody trial last week as it occurred in Great Britain, ...
  • 25-Feb-2016

    The Nature of the Practice of Law: Are you the frog or the scorpion?

    “Finding themselves both stuck on the bank of a deep and busy river, a scorpion asks a frog to carry it across the river. The frog hesitates and initially says no, afraid of being stung, however the scorpion argues that if it did so, they would ...
  • 21-Feb-2016

    Tumultuous Times

    It seems like everything is way out of kilter right now. The world does not seem safe, anywhere. Hate fills our news, fills our streets, fills our nation. That's the thing about hate, it infects. It spreads. It fills every crack and crevice, ...
  • 18-Feb-2016

    Pass the Water, Please

    I feel like I did nothing but talk during the month of January! Though that’s not much different than most months, January was a bit different. As you may have read in one of Michael Manely’s earlier post, the month (and year) started off ...
  • 16-Feb-2016

    My Kingdom for a Horse!

    In Shakespeare’s play, Richard III, the title character’s horse dies in battle. King Richard cries out, “A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse.” I’ve read some interpretations that King Richard III is lamenting that ...
  • 14-Feb-2016

    When I Argued Before Justice Scalia in the United States Supreme Court

    Justice Scalia's favorite phrase during oral argument seemed to be "That's lovely, but...," when bantering with those of us who have argued before him. It was a quick way to knock you down a couple dozen pegs and make mince meat of ...
  • 11-Feb-2016

    Custody: Don't Involve the Children

    When a divorce case involves custody issues, most of the focus of the case is on the children. What is more important to a divorcing parent than their children? While the divorce issues are mainly about the children, you should not involve the ...
  • 9-Feb-2016

    Prenuptial Agreements, Just in Case

    A prenuptial agreement is a contract that two people enter into prior to marriage that defines their respective rights in the event that the marriage does not work out and the parties divorce. A postnuptial agreement is essentially the same contract ...
  • 7-Feb-2016

    Introducing Flat Fees

    For 26 years, The Manely Firm has billed its clients in the most traditional way: hourly billing. Clients paid for the hours billed. What could be more straightforward, more honest, more reliable? Eventually, a few sole practitioners tried flat fee ...
  • 4-Feb-2016

    Protect Your Inheritance If Your Heirs Get Divorced!

    While we hate to think of our children dealing with the pain of divorce, unfortunately it does happen. Of course, everyone knows one of the hardest parts of a divorce is dividing assets. It’s messy, painful, and can feel like salt in an open ...
  • 2-Feb-2016

    A Tale of Two Mediations

    Here in Savannah, I recently attended back-to-back mediations on two different cases. Two different sets of parents. Two different opposing counsels. Two very different mediations. Mediation #1 went like many other mediations. The two opening ...

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