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Drafting contracts – – little words with big meanings.

This post examines a few contract phrases that lawyers may give little attention but that can have significant impact. Other good and valuable consideration. Every attorney has seen this phrase in either a contract, a release, or a deed. It has become commonplace for a legal instrument to recite that Party A is executing the [..]

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How do I change my Will in Mississippi?

You have executed a Last Will and Testament. Now, you want to change to it. What are your options? In Mississippi, there are several ways to change a Will. In this article, we will look at each of them. Execute a new Will. This is probably the most common method of changing a Will. You [..]

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When is it okay for a lawyer to lie? (Hint: Not very often.)

In a previous post, we looked at the sources of a lawyer’s ethical obligations. The two primary sources are: The Mississippi Rules of Professional Conduct, and Section 73-3-37 of the Mississippi Code. In almost every instance in which a lawyer speaks or writes on behalf of a client, the lawyer must be truthful. Here are [..]

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Adverse Possession in Mississippi – by S. Craig Panter

The doctrine of “adverse possession” refers to the ability acquire legal ownership of land belonging to someone else by simply using that land for a long period of time. A person who seeks to acquire legal ownership by adverse possession must demonstrate all of the following. Use of land belonging to another. The most common [..]

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Expert Reports in Federal Court

When designating an expert witness in federal court in Mississippi, a lawyer must take into account the requirements of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Local Uniform Civil Rules for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, and the Federal Rules of Evidence. Which witnesses must be disclosed as experts? Rule 26, Fed.R.Civ.P., states [..]

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