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Tessmer Tips / 23.02.2016

Tip #4 on being a great client: Deal with your attorney’s staff whenever possible. While you may be billed for a paralegal or legal assistant’s time, it will be at a lower rate than that of your lawyer. Paralegals have specialized training and, in many cases, a great deal of experience. They can often help you without getting your attorney involved. If you absolutely must speak to your lawyer, be prepared to leave a message and be called back. Tip #5 on being a great client: Maintain realistic expectations. Your attorney is not a miracle worker and cannot predict everything about...

Tessmer Tips / 22.02.2016

Tip #2 on being a great client: Be organized. Do you really want to pay the hourly rate to have your attorney or his staff sort through all your papers, emails, text messages, etc.? The better organized you are, the sooner we can get busy doing the legal work we are hired to do. Tip #3 on being a great client: Be responsive. Your attorney has to meet court deadlines, as well as file timely responses to requests and inquiries from the other side. Respond to all mail, emails and phone messages you receive from your attorney’s office quickly....

Tessmer Tips / 21.02.2016

At Tessmer Law Firm, we have some of the BEST clients an attorney could ever hope to have.   The attorney/client relationship is so important.  It involves open communication, honesty and a great deal of trust.   But what exactly makes a great client?  This week, we will give you ten tips on how to be a great client, beginning with:   #1: Seek legal advice early on, even before any legal document has been filed in court. Waiting until right before a court date limits an attorney’s ability to serve you well. Even if you ultimately decide to proceed on your own, consult with a lawyer beforehand...

Tessmer Tips / 19.02.2016

For most individuals, the first step is to ask a trusted friend or colleague for the name of an attorney they may know or have done business with in the past. Call to schedule a consultation with that attorney. If he or she is not a Family Law attorney, chances are they know several really good ones and can refer you to them. Seek out an attorney who will work with you to plan, budget and strategize for the coming divorce. A divorce attorney’s job is not to make the other spouse’s life hell or to try and “outspend” the...

Tessmer Tips / 18.02.2016

Yes, you could, but any divorce lawyer worth his salt will advise you against it. If there is abuse happening, then of course immediate action is necessary. However, clients usually feel this way for other reasons. Sometimes they just cannot stand their spouse any longer and want out of the marriage. Sometimes they have fallen in love with someone else and want an immediate divorce so they can start their new life.  Agreeing to a division of marital assets and liabilities, spousal maintenance, child support, visitation, etc. just to “get it over with” can have devastating financial effects in a...

Tessmer Tips / 17.02.2016

Simply put, a business valuation is the process of determining how much a business is worth. This is necessary in the event of a divorce – high net worth or otherwise – because if the business is community property, it must be sold and divided equitably or one spouse must buy out the other’s share. A buy-out can be done with cash or the exchange of an equitable amount of marital property, but without a proper valuation of the business, one spouse stands to lose. A business valuation will generally take into account things like revenue and expenses, the value...