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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Law Offices of Murray, Phillips & Gay

The Law Offices of Murray Phillips & Gay now serving all of Kent and Sussex County, Delaware The Law Offices of Murray, Phillips & Gay a Delaware Criminal Defense law firm now serves all of Kent and Sussex County, Delaware. Julie Murray and Ron Phillips started their law firm on January 1, 2015. Prior to joining forces, the two lawyers each had their own law firm, Murray Law and The Law Office of Ronald D. Phillips Jr. respectively. While Phillips concentrated his efforts on criminal law and DUI, Murray had a general practice that included civil litigation, Real Estate, and […]

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