Happy Flag Day!

What is Flag Day? Flag Day is celebrated on June 14, marking the adoption of the American flag by the Continental Congress in the First Flag Act on June 14, 1777. The Act declared that the new flag would have “13 stripes alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” How to display a U.S. Flag: According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the flag can be displayed at all times so long as the flag has a light on it when it’s dark outside. It can often be […]

DRE in DE DUI Cases

DRE = Drug Recognition Experts There is a new trend in prosecuting drug-related DUI cases. That is the Drug Recognition Expert. The State of Delaware is now occasionally using Drug Recognition Experts in DUI cases. As of the writing of this article, it is unclear what Delaware’s approach to Drug Recognition Experts will be. The purpose of a Drug Recognition Expert is to a) determine whether a suspect is impaired b) determine whether the suspect is impaired because of a medical condition or the use of drugs, and c) If impaired because of drugs, what type of drugs are causing […]

Happy Memorial Day!

So…Memorial Day.  I think that many people miss what it is really about.  Most people associate Memorial Day with the beginning of summer, barbecues and a cool 3 day weekend.  All of these are true but I want to make sure that people know that there is more to it.  So here is a mini-history lesson – Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day and originated after the Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers.   By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. It is actually a […]

Memorial Day Weekend in Delaware

Even though it won’t be the same this year because of the Covid-19 restrictions, Memorial Day weekend still comes with thoughts of the sand, sunburns, the boardwalk, social distancing, the smell of the ocean, and amazing foods. Along with all of the great things that are associated with our Sussex county beaches, there are some things you want to avoid. Traffic Tickets, DUI’s Disorderly Conduct, and Noise complaints are just a few things that could ruin your trip to our great beaches You will want to find a Criminal Lawyer While your friendly real estate lawyer may be a great […]

Federal Lawsuit Targets Delaware Coronavirus Restrictions

This is who we are at Murray, Phillips & Gay.  We are real lawyers for real people.  People in Delaware are suffering right now and until Friday, May 15 no one had legally challenged the Governor’s restrictions.  We are proud to have filed this lawsuit and can assure everyone that there are more coming.  We can’t just stand by and let our rights be trampled anymore.  We are humbled by the emails and comments that we have gotten for filing this suit.  Although only Julie’s name is on the lawsuit, all 3 partners are on the same page about protecting […]

COVID-19 Update

During this time of social distancing, we are still here for you! We are taking all precautions to keep our staff as well as our clients as safe as we can. We are accepting office conferences but are encouraging phone conferences whenever possible.  We are limiting office conferences to one conference at a time and setting appointments with the least amount of waiting as possible. If you are contemplating your estate planning, give us a call. Julie Murray is accepting appointments or phone conferences, whichever best suits your situation. If you have a family law case, Tom Gay is accepting […]

Court of Chancery

The Court of Chancery has jurisdiction over equity cases. So what is an equity case? It’s a case where the remedy sought is something other than money damages. Things like writs, injunctions, and orders of specific performance. So what kinds of cases are these? Some examples are corporate matters, commercial and contract matters, trusts, estates, and other fiduciary matters, disputes involving the purchase and sale of land, questions of title to real estate, and guardianships. Basically, the Court of Chancery is where you go if you are trying to get someone to do something or to stop doing something. Learn […]

Advanced Health Care Directives ~ it’s about your family.

Recently I was at a game catching up with friends.  A friend recently died and invariably the subject of advanced health care directives (also called living wills) came up and I shared my “pitch” about how important a living will is. I was talking to 4 people, ranging in age from 30-60, all of whom said that they don’t want extraordinary measures taken, and not one of them has executed a living will.  So I asked them why.  Answers ranged from “just haven’t had time” to “I don’t have an attorney” to “Isn’t it complicated?” Is it Complicated to Have […]

Did you hear the one about the Lawyer…

As a lawyer, I often get to hear jokes about lawyers and have received many backhanded compliments about my chosen profession. Lawyers are often viewed in a negative light and sometimes rightly so. However, I do find it ironic that lawyers are the first to be called upon when people need help with a legal problem. Lawyers can only represent people who are seeking representation…without clients, there would be no need for lawyers. Lawyers are at the forefront of protecting individual rights and societal injustices so I thought for a change I would post some quotes that present lawyers in […]

Christmas in Family Court

Christmas Eve 2014 ~ Reflections from Ron Phillips For the first time in my 20 years as a lawyer, I spent this Christmas Eve in Family Court. I am a trial lawyer, so I am used to having my personal schedule determined by an unsympathetic Court that needs to process an incredible number of cases in a short period of time. Since I practice both family law and criminal defense, I am also used to the spike that occurs in Court activity around the Christmas holiday. This, however, was a first. It seems that with each passing year the number […]

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