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Garth Brooks Verdict Highlights Risk and Reward in Litigation

Country music superstar Garth Brooks’ victory in an Oklahoma state court should serve as a cautionary tale for anyone involved in legal action.  Most litigation carries the possibility for  reward, but at great risk.  Balancing the opportunity of risk and reward is how most cases settle, as this one should have. On Tuesday, Brooks received [..]

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Consent Decree Confuses Collection of Divorce Judgment

The Supreme Court of Oklahoma decides a case in which timing affects a party’s right to collect a property division judgment, and interest, in a consent decree.  The case, Dilbeck v. Dilbeck,  had a wild ride through the system.  Three levels of courts decided the case in three different ways.  Ultimately, failure to timely act [..]

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What is collaborative law?

Collaborative attorneys assist in negotiating solutions to your legal problem and will not take the case to court. Since collaborative law rejects the backdrop of litigation, a substitute dispute resolution model is put in its place. This new model calls for face-to-face conferences  during which the parties and their collaborative attorneys: Identify interests, goals and [..]

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Mediate Early and Often

For more than 20 years, I told my clients that the best way to settle a case was to be prepared to try it. Settlement efforts and mediation came only after a complete discovery process. Discovery is an umbrella term for a series of procedural devices lawyers use to learn information that might be used [..]

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What Are My Child Custody Options?

There are several forms of custody available under Oklahoma law. Joint Custody – The term joint custody means the sharing by parents in all or some of the aspects of physical and legal care, custody, and control of their children. Parents apply to the court for a joint child custody plan. The plan sets forth [..]

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Prenups – The What and Why

A premarital agreement (also known as an antenuptial or prenuptial agreement) is a contract between intended spouses made in contemplation of marriage. The premarital agreement dates back to sixteenth century England. Although Oklahoma statutes recognize in general the validity of premarital agreements, case law has changed over time as to the allowable subject matter of [..]

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