Marital Contracts, Part II: Separation Agreements

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Jan 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

In the first part of this series on marital contracts, we discussed agreements that are entered into in anticipation of marriage – more commonly known as pre-nups. For the second part of the series, we are going to focus on agreements that are entered into because of divorce, also known as separa...

Part 3 – The Probate Process: Intestate Succession

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Dec 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Editor's Note: This is Part 3 of our series on the Probate Process. To learn more, start with Part 1: The Will and Part 2: Ways to Contest a Will.  What happens when you don't make a plan for your estate? In our previous blog, Part I – The Probate Process: The Will, we stressed the importan...

What makes up a jury?

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Dec 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

“I've been called for jury duty—now what?!” If you've ever seen the television show 30 Rock, you may remember the episode where Liz Lemon gets called for jury duty and acts crazy so that she isn't picked to be a juror. She dresses up like Princess Leia from the Star Wars franchise and says she...

Preferring v. Referring Charges in Military Courts

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Nov 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you or someone you know are faced with a court-martial, it is important to be familiar with how a court-martial works. It undoubtedly may be a very scary time in your life. This blog will explain two distinct initial stages of a court-martial, the preferring of charges and the referral of char...

Marital Contracts, Part I: Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Nov 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

A couple can enter into a contract various times throughout the marriage. Part I of this 3-part series on marital contracts will focus on the first chronological type of marital contract that a couple can enter into, which is a contract or agreement entered into before the couple marries, usually...

STOP THAT EXPERT! How To Challenge Expert Witnesses

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Nov 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

For those of you who have seen My Cousin Vinny, you may remember the epic scene when Vinny calls his fiancé, Mona Lisa Vito, to the stand as an expert in general automotive knowledge. During a high-stakes criminal trial, Vinny defends his cousin and the cousin's friend, who have been accused o...

Property Ownership with Multiple Owners

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Oct 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

You may be surprised to know that there are different ways in which multiple people can own real property together. Plus, each way has its own requirements and implications. Generally, there are three main types of property ownership involving multiple owners: tenants in common, joint tenants, an...

Pleading Guilty In A Court-Martial

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Oct 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Pleading guilty in a military court is different than pleading guilty in a civilian court. This blog will explain when an accused may plead guilty in a court-martial. A court-martial is a military hearing for criminal charges brought against a member of the armed forces, and what procedures need ...

Can You Be Married Without A Wedding?

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Oct 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

You might be surprised to know that two people can get married without ever walking down an aisle. If those two people express a present tense intent to be married and hold themselves out as spouses, they may be considered legally married despite never having had a wedding or ceremony. There a...

When Do You Need An Expert Witness?

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Sep 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

In trial, you should never go it alone if you don't have to. Sometimes the best defense requires the testimony of an expert (or two). What is an “expert witness”? There are two types of witnesses in litigation: a lay witness and an expert witness. A lay witness is someone who testifies from...

What is “Chain of Custody”?

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Sep 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

In criminal court cases, both inside the military and in civilian courtrooms, there are certain procedures the prosecution must follow to admit physical evidence in a trial. This means that for every exhibit of physical evidence, the prosecution should have a carefully maintained record of where ...

Part 1 – The Probate Process: The Will

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Aug 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Editor's Note: This is Part 1 of our series on the Probate Process. To learn more, move on to Part 2: Ways To Contest A Will.  Part 1 of this 3-part series on the probate process focuses on the Will and understanding the distribution of an estate. All states consider the decedent's estate — th...

Drug Possession Charges: What’s the Difference?

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Jul 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

Drug Possession Charges: What's the Difference? Use or possession of illegal drugs, or illegal use of legal drugs, constitutes a serious charge. At Patriots Law Group, we understand that good people can make mistakes and we fight hard to ensure a single mistake doesn't end a person's career an...

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