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A Trial Attorney's Guide on Advising the Family Law Client When Not to Appeal

There are many reasons as to why a family law client might want to appeal, and there are just as many reasons for them not to appeal. This white paper includes our top 10 reasons not to appeal and will help trial attorneys increase the chances that their client will be one of the 15% of family law appellate victories.

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What to Tell Your Client Who Wants to Immediately Appeal an Unfavorable Ruling

We have all had a client who thinks everything is an emergency. But sometimes there are court rulings that require emergency or immediate relief from a higher court. This white paper will help you determine what cases classify as an emergency, what you need so your client can appeal and when your client can expect a decision.

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Tips for the Trial Attorney Working on a Change of Domicile or Change of School Motion

Change of domicile and change of school requests can be tricky, and no matter how early the process begins, sometimes these motions and hearings are delayed so that decisions on school and domicile changes are being made just before the school year starts -- and many times even after. In this white paper you will find our 6 tips for family law attorneys who are presenting or responding to domicile or school change motions.

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Why Your Family Law Clients Still Need you as Trial Counsel After They Hire an Appellate At tourney

Even once the client retains appellate counsel, the need for trial counsel continues, and the willingness of trial counsel to stay involved with the case is important for the long-term health and welfare of the family law matter! Here are the top 5 reasons why the client (and appellate attorney) still need you on the case.

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The Top 8 Things That Confuse and Surprise Clients About Appeals

Like many things regarding the law, appeals are not always black and white, and there are a lot of different aspects of the appellate process that can confuse and surprise clients. If you are an attorney, then check out this white paper and be one step ahead of your clients!

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The Top 10 Things Plaintiffs’ Attorneys Should Know in Anticipation of Appeal

This white paper you will supply you with an easy guide that highlights the ten most important things to know in anticipation of your client's appeal. From Final Orders and Cross Appeals all the way to the Supreme Court – this white paper covers it all!

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10 Things You Should Know if Your Child Welfare Client is Facing an Appeal

Read Liisa Speaker's top 10 things you should know if you have a child welfare client who is appealing. Knowing these ten things before your client appeals is essential for their case, so click the link below to get the information to help your client!

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Hot Topics in Michigan Custody Cases

In this white paper are the 8 hot topics you need to know. Why you ask? Because it gives you a competitive edge on what mistakes trial courts are making, what problems keep occurring and which issues are getting the attention of the appellate courts.

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Top 11 Threshold Appeal Issues in Child Custody and Parenting Time Cases

The goal of our white papers is to make it easier for you to identify if your client has an appealable issue and what you can do to help them. This white paper is no different, it shares eleven of the most common issues that can be appealed.

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When Can Your Client Appeal a Conservator or Guardianship Matter?

Conservator and guardianship cases are on the rise in trial courts and the Court of Appeals. This short and to the point guide answers your CA and GA appeal questions! Such as...When you can appeal a conservatorship or guardianship matter. Which CA and GA orders are appealable; and how EPIC (the Estates and Protected Individuals Code) comes into play?

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Plea-Based Appeals: What You Need to Know

A few of the many things you will learn by downloading this white paper written by one of our appellate attorneys, Stephen Cooley is how to preserve your client’s case, requirements for a valid plea and the risks associated with withdrawing a plea.

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Saving an Appeal By Right for Your Client

What stumps some trial attorney’s is the world of appeals. One area of huge mystery to trial attorneys is whether the client has an appeal by right or an application for leave. This question forces them to determine whether there is a “final order” or “final judgment.” Download this white paper today to get the facts straight from the experts! This white paper shares with you three ways you can save an Appeal By Right for your family law or child welfare client.

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5 Hot Tips About the New Post-Judgment Custody “Final Order” Rule

With the new “Final Order” rule in place, you may not be sure what is the best course of action you’re your appeal or your client’s appeal. This white paper shares Liisa Speaker’s top 5 tips on the new post-judgment custody “Final Order” Rule and how it can impact a case.

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TYPES OF Family law APPEALS

  • Child Custody
  • Parenting Time
  • Divorce
  • Property Division
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Change of Domicile
  • Change of School
  • Adoption
  • Paternity
  • Revocation of Paternity
  • Parental Kidnapping
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