Monday, October 31, 2011

Memphis Divorce Attorney Larry Rice: on Relocation in Tennessee

Memphis Divorce Attorney Larry Rice discusses the importance of Relocation. Does the moving primary parent have a good reason to go? Mr. Rice recommends that you want to do what is in the best interest of the children.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Here at Rice, Amundsen, & Caperton we are all happy to help however we can! Today, receptionist Ada Askew helped by painting the walls in the office! She was hard at work all day sprucing up the offices, and everyone greatly appreciated her help. We all pitch in however we can - from changing the lightbulbs, taking out the trash, and keeping the kitchen tidy. The office is more efficient when everyone works together!

I can’t wait for the most exciting part of teamwork- helping the office decorate for Christmas!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Clerking at Rice Law: by Chelsea Conn

I recently attended the Cecil C. Humprey's School of Law Pillars of Excellence Dinner. The banquet honored several Memphis area attorneys who had really set the bar (so to speak). The award dinner featured videos of the honored attorneys. Some had worked with Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights movement in Memphis. Some came from incredibly humble beginnings, while others inherited their business from generations before. Their stories were so interesting, and they were all amazing examples of what an attorney should be: professional, fair, and honest.

The thing that stood out the most to me that night was one quote from an honoree: "If you haven't earned the respect of your colleagues, you really haven't done anything."

Every attorney wants to win. Some try unfair tactics to gain an advantage. What you leave behind, however, is the impression that you can't be trusted. No one wants to have the reputation that they are untrustworthy or impossible to deal with. In fact, generating a reputation of respect can only help you. Other attorneys who know you are a good person and treat clients with dignity will be highly more likely to recommend you, as will other clients who have been treated with care and respect.

This is mirrored in law school. There are students known as "gunners". They answer every question, cut people off when they are making a point, and do their best to make sure the professors know who they are. They also lack the respect of their peers. It may not matter what we think of each other now, but law school begins your reputation as a professional, and some could be doing permanent damage as far as other students are concerned.

The point is this: winning isn't everything. No one will remember if you won every case, but they will remember how you treated them- and that lives on longer than any courtroom drama.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Memphis Divorce Attorney Larry Rice: on Property Division in Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee Divorce Attorney Larry Rice gives an overview of how to divide property in divorce cases. He explains the two different types of property: separate property and marital property. Larry Rice defines separate property as any property acquired prior to the marriage or received as a gift or inheritance during the marriage. He also discusses marital property and states that judges tend to consider other factors such as income and separate property when determining how to divide the spouse's marital property.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Clerking at Rice Law: by Blair Beaty

My guess is that most people reading this right now have most (if not all) of the following accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Youtube. And lets not forget about the several blogs they visit on a daily basis or their own personal blog they update on a daily basis.

How many people are using their social networking accounts to market their business/firm?

There has been a lot of debate on whether social networking is appropriate as a marketing tool for law firms. Some say that it isn’t the “traditional” route for drawing clients and that you lose the personal relationship when information is obtained over the internet. Others believe it does more harm than good by allowing dissatisfied clients to express their feelings to the entire web community. Still others just find it

To all the non-believers I would say consider the following pros of social networking:

• Credibility via testimony. It offers quick feedback from clients/employees, etc. Clients can write recommendations on your profiles or “like” your status.
• Repetition, repetition, repetition. If you keep seeing a certain name/word/symbol, it is bound to be stamped on your brain.
• You can link your accounts to one another. For example, your firm blog updates can automatically pop up on your firm Facebook page which then can be sent to your Twitter page.
• Details. Linkedin is especially good with mass content from Company overviews to individual associate profiles.
• Last, but not least, it’s FREE! That doesn’t mean you should broadcast everything about your firm but name recognition does help.

I could go on about all the positive things that social networking can do for your firm or business but instead I’ll ask you one question:

How did you find this blog entry? My guess is not through Google....

Point proven.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Memphis Divorce Attorney Larry Rice: on Pendente Lite Hearings in Tennessee

Memphis Divorce Attorney Larry Rice discusses the purpose of Pendente Lite Support hearings in Tennessee. Pendente Lite, Latin for "pending litigation," is a good way to establish temporary child support until the final divorce hearing. Attorney Larry Rice explains that the Divorce Referee only considers income, expenses and the Child Support guidelines when deciding temporary support at the Pendente Lite hearings. Other factors that would contribute to granting a fault divorce in Tennessee do not hold much weight at a Pendente Lite hearing.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Memphis Divorce Attorney Larry Rice: on Parenting Issues in Tennessee

Memphis Divorce Attorney Larry Rice discusses the importance of not involving children in the divorce process. He recommends still parenting together by emphasizing each parents' love for their children and by not criticizing the other spouse in front of the children. Larry Rice also addresses the main components and faults of the Child Support Worksheet in Tennessee. He concludes by reiterating his point to parent together and to not talk badly about the other spouse.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Memphis Divorce Attorney Larry Rice: on Marital Dissolution Agreements in Tennessee

Memphis Divorce Attorney Larry Rice discusses how spouses should approach negotiating before signing the Marital Dissolution Agreement (MDA). He explains the complexity of the MDA and advises couples to seek counsel when it is time to draft the MDA. Larry Rice also suggests the appropriate setting for a successful negotiation between spouses before signing the Marital Dissolution Agreement.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Clerking at Rice Law: by Jessica Farmer

Doggie Day Care at Rice Law, through the eyes of Rookie Farmer:

My awesome owner, Jessica Farmer, took me to work with her for “Bring Your Dog To Work Day.” As soon as she asked me if I wanted to go, I spun around in circles and barked until we got in the car. I love driving downtown! There is so much stuff to see.

When we got to the office I got to see all of my old friends. Unfortunately, I also saw an old enemy, a big mean bear that Mr. Larry shot! Someone needed to shoot him; he is ferocious. That’s okay, I stared him down to show him who’s boss. After getting my belly rubbed by too many people to count, playing tug-of-war with a couple of clients, sitting in client meetings with my owner and Mr. Nick, and eating carrots in the clerks’ office with Ms. Erin, I was exhausted. No wonder people always look so tired after work. It is tough!

I cannot wait for the next “Bring Your Dog To Work Day!”

Monday, October 3, 2011

Memphis Divorce Attorney Larry Rice: on Legal Separation and Annulment in Tennessee

Memphis Divorce Attorney Larry Rice defines legal separation and annulment. He explains that couples usually resort to legal separation because they are avoiding accepting the fact that the marriage is over and they need a divorce. However, under rare circumstances legal separation can be a good thing. Larry Rice also discusses annulments and describes them as alternatives to divorce when you find that the marriage was void from the beginning.

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