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Archive for March, 2007

Fighting Fire with Fire

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

A friend of mine was going through a divorce. Her husband hired a very aggressive attorney. Alright, let’s not mince words. He hired a shark.

My friend, against my advice, decided to fight fire with fire. She thought she needed an equally aggressive attorney to protect her from her husband’s attorney. So she hired a barracuda.

The attorneys argued with each other, wrote lots of scathing letters, gathered documents, conducted mean spirited conferences and telephone conferences.

After six months, legal bills amounted to thirty thousand dollars on each side. The parties had made no progress. They were still at an impasse.

My friend was running out of money. In desperation, she called her husband and said, “This is getting us nowhere. Let’s get rid of our attorneys and settle our case ourselves.”

And that is what they did.

She learned the hard way. Fighting fire with fire only leads to conflagration. It makes more sense to fight fire with water.

2007 DC Super Lawyers

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

James J. Gross and Lois R. Finkelstein, of the law firm of Thyden Gross & Callahan in Chevy Chase, Maryland, have been selected as District of Columbia Super Lawyers for 2007. They are listed among the top 5% of lawyers in the D.C. area practicing family law as a result of a survey by Law & Politics. Gross and Finkelstein were also selected as Maryland Super Lawyers previously this year.

Working Successfully With Your Divorce Attorney

Friday, March 9th, 2007

On Tuesday, March 20, 2007, 7:00PM – 8:45PM, I’ll be presenting a workshop at the Montgomery County Commission for Women, 401 North Washington Street, Rockville, Maryland. (Telephone: 240-777-8300).

The topic is WORKING SUCCESSFULLY WITH YOUR DIVORCE ATTORNEY. I will be talking about the best ways to select an attorney, keep costs down, work with an attorney, retainers, billing, and how to reach a successful outcome in your divorce.

For example, one of the first things I will be discussing is objectives. Do you want to divide assets, establish a parenting plan, and set support? Or do you want revenge or for the judge to decide who was the better spouse? Setting objectives early is critical.

I will also provide handouts and explain my famous settlement/trial notebook. At $16 for almost two hours of my time, it’s a bargain.

Is There Any Reason to Get Married if You Are Over 50?

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

I’ll be a guest on the Prudent Advisor television show on Comcast CN8 on Friday, March 16th at 2:30 pm (ET). You can also watch it online at the Retirement Living website at the same time.
The show is called “Shacking Up for Seniors”. Hosts John Palmer and Sheilah Kast interview me and financial planner, Deborah Neiman, about cohabitation contracts, common law marriage, property, children, taxes and more for seniors who decide to live together instead of marrying.

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