Applying Sales Strategies to Legal Negotiations

The five P’s of Successful Legal Negotiations The Huron Valley Networking group recently discussed an article about five tenets of good sales negotiations called, “The five P’s of good negotiation” adapted from “Negotiating with Backbone” by Reed Holden. It contained positive advice for negotiating business deals. The tips apply in legal negotiations too. Prepare As with a sales call, a legal case depends on knowing what each side has, wants and (more importantly) needs. Successful lawyers design achievable settlements based on thorough discovery. “I never skimp on research,” says successful Washtenaw County Family Lawyer Kathryn Wayne-Spindler. And for anyone who has seen Continue Reading…

Low Cost Divorce on a Budget

Save big bucks by keeping it civil There are entire sections of bookstores devoted to weddings on a budget. The advice ranges from baking your own cake to borrowing a dress. Everybody knows that modern American weddings are not cheap. “Couples that live in Milford, MI Zip Code 48381 spend between $23,045 and $38,408 on average for their wedding,” according to Cost of Wedding website. That said, not everyone has that kind of money for a ceremony and reception so brides and grooms are getting creative about making it happen with limited funds. It only stands to reason then, that many of Continue Reading…

Michigan Courts E-file fee updates

There have been some changes recently to court document filing in Michigan. Although most people may not even notice a new Michigan Courts e-file fee, it’s worth an explanation because of the exciting (and possibly at times, frustrating) adjustments that will be taking place in Michigan legal processes in the near future. Electronic court documentation will provide many increased efficiencies. Like all government change, however, there is the potential for some snags as it’s enacted. We will do our best to keep clients informed of the new procedures and additional fees as the process goes forward. Michigan Courts e-file fee “The Continue Reading…

Identity Theft Prevention Tips

More than 12 million citizens have been the victims of Identity Theft already in 2015. Contact the law office of Kathryn Wayne-Spindler & Associates to find out tips for Identity Theft Protection “The 2015 Identity Fraud Study, released by Javelin Strategy & Research, found that $16 billion was stolen from 12.7 million U.S. consumers in 2014, compared with $18 billion and 13.1 million victims a year earlier. There was a new identity fraud victim every two seconds in 2014,” according to the Insurance Information Institute article, “Identity Theft and Cybercrime.” Although these statistics show Identity Theft incidents declining slightly since Continue Reading…

Courtroom Drama Genre Mythbusting

There are countless examples of Americans’ fascination, bordering on obsession, with courtroom dramas. From the early days of Ally McBeal and LA Law, you saw beautiful people doing interesting work and getting rich in the process. Law and Order spanned two decades. Judge Judy had no shortage of viewers. So we know there is plenty of interest to support the ongoing law-themed entertainment.  As long as it’s seen as the fantasy escape that it is, there’s no harm. The disenchantment comes the first time a litigant sets foot in the courtroom or receives a bill for services. Here are three common courtroom Continue Reading…