In criminal and domestic cases in particular, a litigant is often at his or her lowest point in life, facing a serious criminal charge or a messy and protracted divorce. The outcome of the case may shape their future. For this reason, most lawyers have encountered family and friends wanting to pitch-in to fund a proper case for a loved one. The question that arises is what are the ethical and practical limits to third-party payers. This is the focus of this blog post. The first and sometimes hardest point for the client and his or her financial helper is to ...
January 3, 2018CD
In today’s digital world, complex financial transactions and the ability to sort out fact from fiction is difficult in all arenas. This is especially true in the context of divorce. A neutral investigator may assist the attorney and client in these tasks to ultimately help move the divorce along consistently with the trial objectives and presumptions in property and custody statutes. In the past, the “private” in “private investigator” has conjured up sleazy images for attorneys and litigants, evoking the thought of illegal activity. Today, private investigators use state of the art technology matched with honed observational skills and are consummate ...
July 13, 2016Adam Hayes
For lawyers and judges, the attorney client privilege, legal privilege and work product doctrines are a defining part of the American legal system. However, we often observe litigants (clients) do not fully understand what these mean. We believe a better educated a client is about the legal system, the better they are able to aid their attorney in advocating their case to their legal objective. This blog post highlights these three related, but distinct, legal tools. The attorney-client confidence is really basically what is seems to indicate. What you tell your attorney, with very limited exceptions, such as relaying your plan ...
August 18, 2015Adam Hayes
Most lawyers get involved in a case and begin representing a client when their life is in a state of confusion, falling apart, and emotionally obscures what the client wants to accomplish. If you face divorce, there are several constructive steps you can take to aid your lawyer in helping you work through the process and figure out your legal objectives. The five types of “things” you can gather to aid your lawyer in beginning your divorce are as follows: Last six pay stubs. Last three years tax returns. List of all of your bills (who you owe and how much), such as credit ...
June 11, 2015Adam Hayes
If you are involved in a legal dispute and retain an attorney to help manage the matter and work through its resolution, there is often voluminous amounts of information that need to be shared between the attorney and client. Often the underlying legal dispute has been years in the making–but faced with conflict we all want the matter resolved sooner rather than later. On top of this, the situation or dynamic involving the matter may be changing as the litigation moves forward, and to form an effective plan of action to get the matter resolved, as opposed to an ad hoc approach ...
June 21, 2012CD
Having legal problems can affect many aspects of your life. It may be affecting your family and other relationships, your housing, and your finances. Hiring an attorney is often the best way to advocate for your position. However, attorneys are expensive because of the level of training and skill they have to have to run a successful law practice, and they generally charge by the hour, making time an important factor. And problems that took years to make sometimes take time–a lot of time–to untangle two lives that have been woven together over the years. So, how can you, as the client, ...
May 22, 2012CD
The American court system is one filled with deadlines: deadlines for discovery to find out important information to proceed with a case to trial, deadlines for filings of numerous types, and to begin with, deadlines for initiating a lawsuit. There are numerous rules in the court system regarding statutes of limitation and when one can timely file a lawsuit (or appeal by a Notice of Appeal). Often, one of the first questions Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. attorneys ask when speaking to a potential new client is what has been filed recently, if the case is pending, and in any situation, if ...
April 12, 2012CD
Every attorney-client relationship and case share similarities. With divorce, this is no less the case. However, Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. attorneys observe divorces are often based on or laced with non-legal matters, such as the sense of loss of the marriage and fear of an unknown future. Or pure rage. Attorneys are all over the board on how they handle non-legal matters. Some, as with a horse with blinders, leave these components to therapists or the religious establishment to deal with. Other attorneys completely identify with their clients and take on their emotional state. Most fall somewhere in between lawyer and ...
October 25, 2011CD
Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. has a significant practice area addressing civil and criminal appeals taken to the Indiana Court of Appeals and sought to be transferred to the Indiana Supreme Court. Typically, these cases come by referral from other attorneys or because a litigant wants to change counsel for a fresh appellate perspective. We find that in meeting with most appellate clients, there are a number of checklist items that a client may bring to keep costs down (i.e., to keep the lawyer from spending time collecting something the client may easily obtain) and make for meaningful appellate consults and representation. They ...
September 8, 2011CD
The Custody of “Rover” the Dog. Yes, even the dog pays the price in divorce. Every experienced divorce attorney has had the conversation with a client about custody of the beloved family dog, affectionately named “Rover” in this post. In the times of high emotion and stress that often accompany a divorce, the unconditional love given by a pet may make all the difference. Sometimes, this makes the dog a focal point in the divorce. In Indiana, pets are property, and there is no application of the child-custody law. All of the fighting ends in the same place, a ...
May 18, 2011CD