Pit Bull Syndrome: Helpful Insights In The Lawyer Selection Process

Our records indicate that of the last 216 prospective clients who have come through the front door, 179 came in search of a pit bull and 37 in search of a junk yard dog. If only I were running a dog pound instead of a law office. What’s with the pit bull stuff?   There is a common perception among the general population which equates effective lawyering with meanness and unbridled aggression. Let’s face it Read More

Has anybody seen a man wearing a gorilla mask?

I had just sat down at my desk to begin composing a serious, sensitive, compelling, thought provoking piece on a legal subject of great importance to us all.  I had been thinking about the article for a while and had it carefully mapped out in my mind.  I was excited and ready to hit the first key when I happened to glance over at a pile of lawyer journals stacked on the corner of my desk.  My eye caught a headline Read More

Still More Short Stories

Sometimes life just seems so darned depressing. Throughout the day we are bombarded with heart wrenching news stories by way of radio, television and the print media.  News stories which are difficult, if not impossible, for we human beings to process. For weeks we have been reading about the crematory in Georgia dumping the bodies of the dearly departed out the back door for God knows what reason. And about the Read More

Paternity: If you haven’t tried it, don’t knock it

This job is not as easy as it looks.  For weeks I have been agonizing whether to talk about unlawful searches and seizures, paternity, wrongful termination, tax-free disability benefits, or some other equally fascinating subject you simply cannot live another moment without learning about. The executive decision has been made.   Since most of us have had a father at one time or another, or at least know someone Read More

Homeowners’ associations often breed bickering

Is it just me, or does it seem to you lately that the world is divided into two categories -- those who belong to homeowners’ associations and those who do not. If you are among the former, then your world is further subdivided (no pun intended) into two subcategories: those who manage the homeowners’ association and those who want to kill the managers. I was recently involved in a controversy between a Read More

Workman’s Compensation

We are reminded on a regular basis that life is fragile and  uncertain.  The signs are everywhere.  Even in this darling little paradise in northwest Wyoming. As I returned home with my kids from the annual community mecca in search of a warmer, moister paradise, I was not even out of the airport when I received my first great jolt of reality.  The headline in the daily paper announced that a local man had been Read More

Short Stories

Unconventional law           As I began thinking about writing this column, I realized it would be printed in the Nov. 8 edition of the Guide.Today, we know who will be our new mayor, county commissioners, and our new president and vice president. Almost half of us are not feeling so hot right about now. Rather than add to the pool of misery, or detract from the state of euphoria, I decided to look at something Read More

Revisiting corporate land

In my last column, I talked about the various options available for starting up a new business entity. I focused primarily on the tax consequences of choosing either an S-corporation, a C-corporation, a limited liability company (LLC) or a general partnership. I am quite certain you still have the details of that fine article fixed firmly in mind. I had a discussion with Clay Geitman earlier this week. Clay is a Read More

Winning a lawsuit doesn’t mean you collect the cash

I received an e-mail the other day -- yet one more unsolicited piece of junk mail among the many pieces of junk mail which assault us on a daily basis in this age of the computer. I spent a moment or two skimming the contents with my finger poised over the delete key, ready to zap this irritating invasion of privacy into the land of oblivion. Part way through the ad -- which has now piqued my interest -- it says: Read More

Partnership can ease tax bite for landowners

A few weeks ago my friend, Clay Geittmann of Gonnella & Sullivan -- estate-planning lawyers right here in downtown Jackson -- helped me with an article on selecting and setting up the perfect business entity to implement your billion dollar money-making idea. It’s hard to keep a good man down. Clay enjoyed the process so much that he couldn’t wait to do it again. Clay provided the groundwork for the following Read More