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How to get the Most Out of Your Consultation

How do I get the most out of my consultation? Bring all documents that pertain to your case. This will help the attorney know exactly what you have been charged with and what is happening in your case. Before your consultation, write down notes that outline your legal problem and any questions you may have. It is easy to forget details while you are talking with an attorney. Also, the attorney must have all relevant details to know what is important and determine how to move forward on your behalf. It is important that you are honest concerning all your […]

Supreme Court

So what is the final stopping place that is the ultimate authority on Delaware law? The Delaware Supreme Court. As the highest court in the state, the Supreme Court has final appellate jurisdiction in criminal matters and civil final judgments from Superior Court, and certain orders from Family Court and the Court of Chancery. The Delaware Supreme Court has quite a reputation. We have mentioned that the Court of Chancery has a worldwide reputation because so many corporations are incorporated here in Delaware. Well, when a corporation is unhappy with a Chancery decision, it is appealed to the Delaware Supreme […]

Court of Common Pleas

So far we have talked about the Justice of the Peace Courts and Family Court. So now let’s talk about the Court of Common Pleas – sometimes called CCP. The Court of Common Pleas has both civil and criminal jurisdiction. In civil cases, cases with an amount in controversy up to 50,000 can be heard. CCP also handles change of name petitions, habitual motor vehicle hearings and appeals from DMV and JP proceedings. In civil matters like these, there are no jury trials. In criminal cases, CCP has jurisdiction over all misdemeanors except certain drug offenses, all criminal motor vehicle offenses, preliminary […]

JP Court and Family Court

We want to give everyone a baseline knowledge of the main courts in Delaware and the types of cases that each court hears because almost everyone has to deal with a court at some point in their lives. The main courts in Delaware are the JP courts, Family Court, Court of Common Pleas, Superior Court, Chancery Court, and the Supreme Court. Justice of Peace Court JP Court has jurisdiction in civil cases worth 15,000 or less, some criminal misdemeanors, most motor vehicle violations (except felonies) and all landlord/tenant matters. There are no jury trials in JP Court, and you can […]

Superior Court

What happens in Superior Court? Superior Court has statewide original jurisdiction over criminal and civil cases except for equity cases (which is Chancery Court) and domestic relations matters (which is Family Court) For criminal matters, Superior Court has exclusive jurisdiction over all felonies (except those involving juveniles which are heard in Family Court). For civil matters, the court has jurisdiction in cases in value over 50,000. So typically personal injury and medical malpractice cases are handled in the Superior Court. Superior Court also serves as an intermediate appellate court from over 50 administrative agencies, the Court of Common Pleas, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Holiday Season DUI’s

The time after Thanksgiving through Christmas and the New Year is the holiday party season. A lot of us will be partying with our family, friends, and co-workers. Most of those parties will include adult beverages, and we think we know our limits. “I can have a couple of drinks. I’m not slurring my words or stumbling, therefore, I’m good to go.” As this group of people learned in this Today News clip, it is easy to underestimate the amount you drank and overestimate your ability to drive. While attending holiday parties, simply not drinking and driving is the safest […]

Should I update my Estate Planning?

Mistakes in Estate Planning There are two prevalent mistakes in estate planning. One mistake is not to have a will or other key documents of a plan. The second mistake is to fail to update your estate planning documents. Having your estate plan doesn’t mean your work is done. Estate plans need to be reviewed and revised periodically. If you have not completed your estate planning, please click here to learn why you should not wait to get your estate planning in order. Do These apply? If you have completed your estate planning, please take a few minutes and see […]

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