Posts Tagged ‘courtroom’

Good Legal Writing

30 Jul

What is good legal writing?

I want you to think about this question … hard and long!

What is your goal?

  • Impress the judge?
  • Confuse the opponent?
  • Or, win the case?

Everything we do in life has in one sense or another a particular goal. Some things we do are automatic, like breathing, yet there is always a goal. In business, the goal is to provide a benefit to others. In sports, the goal is to perform to the highest of our athletic ability. In law, the goal is to make a winning record in writing!

Many lawyers and most pro se litigants miss this point … they get sidetracked with unimportant distractions!

Every word spoken in a courtroom or written on paper filed with the clerk or served on the other side must aim toward this specific goal.

All words that aren’t aimed at making a winning record must go!

Since 1997 when Jurisdictionary began, people have sent documents for review. In all but a few the punch, power, and persuasive effect could be improved by eliminating 90% of the words and by keeping only those aimed at making a winning record.

Most of what came for review read more like the writer was trying to tell a story, rather than trying to make a winning court record of relevant facts and controlling law!

Learn from Jurisdictionary step-by-stepLegal writing is NOT story-telling!

Any fact that’s not “relevant” and any law that’s not “controlling” should be eliminated.

I rebuilt a few car engines in my youth. I removed bolts, nuts, gaskets, and pins. I placed the removed parts on a sheet of cardboard on the floor of my garage. All was arranged neatlyin order. When the time came to put the engine back together, every part had a place, and that’s where I put each part … in its place!

A place for every part. Every part in its place.

I didn’t add any parts! I didn’t leave any parts out!

That’s good legal writing!

Every word has a purpose … to make your winning record.

More years ago than I like to remember, I worked as a reporter for the Tampa Times newspaper. My city editor was ruthless with my writing. I learned from him. Since being admitted to the bar in 1986, I’ve applied what he taught me. “Say what needs to be said then stop!

What was true for newspaper writing is doubly true for legal writing.

Say what needs to be said and stop!

Write like you were “speaking” to an 8th grader. You aren’t Jimmy Buffet. You don’t need a “novelist’s eye” or a “bartender’s ear”. You aren’t telling a story! You’re assembling essential parts of a powerful engine.

That’s what good legal writing does! Each part has a specific purpose.

What I teach will empower your legal paperwork and give you the competitive edge you need to win!


How to Argue with Judges!

30 Jul

Win with Jurisdictionary!

Arguing with judges is like arguing with baseball umpires.

You better know the rules AND HOW TO USE THEM!

Here are a few rules from the Official MLB Rulebook:

  • A player is not permitted to step or go into a dugout to make a catch.
  • A player is permitted to reach into a dugout to make a catch.
  • If a player makes a catch outside the dugout and his momentum carries him into the dugout, the catch is allowed as long as the player does not fall in the dugout.

Simple enough?


What if the players and the coaches on one team don’t know the rules?

What happens then?

Will it do that team any good to argue with the umpire?

Probably not!

And all the %#$@&* will only get you thrown out of the park and possibly grounded for the season!

To argue successfully with a baseball umpire or a judge on his bench in the courtroom, you must know the Rules of Court … and how how to use them to your advantage!Learn from Jurisdictionary step-by-step

It’s the bottom of the ninth. Two down. Batter at the plate. The count is three and two. The batter pops a high foul. You push back your catcher’s mask and dash toward the dugout to make the catch. The ball hits your glove and you trip on the rim of the dugout and fall in. Scrambling to your feet, you climb back out of the dugout, ball in your upraised hand, triumphant grin on your face.

Teammates cheer.

Fans roar fanatic approval from the stands.

But, the scornful look on the umpire’s face and his raspy voice erase your victorious joy.

“Foul Ball!”

“But, I caught the ball, ump!”

The player strides purposely toward the umpire, waving a fist, yelling obscenities, and spitting (of course).

Fast behind is the coach, marching menacingly toward the umpire, cap shoved back, fists in the air, also shouting nasties and accusing the umpire of needing a new pair of glasses.

The umpire stands firmly behind the plate, hands planted on his hips, and waits for the verbal onslaught.

“I caught the foul ball. It’s an out!”

“It’s a foul ball. Period!” the umpire insists.

“You must be blind, Ump! It’s an out! Game’s over. We win! You saw me catch the ball? Jeeter couldn’t do any better!”

“Maybe not,” the umpire insists, “but Jeeter knows the ground rules! You fell in the dugout. Catch doesn’t count. Get back behind the plate where you belong!”

“But. But. But.”

If you studied my affordable 24-hour Jurisdictionary lawsuit self-help course, you know that all the “buts” in the world won’t do you a bit of good in court!

Claiming you’re pro se and should be allowed to play by different rules won’t help, either!

You either learn the rules – and how to use them to your advantage – OR YOU LOSE!

Sending emails to friends after you lose or posting hateful comments on the internet complaining “All our courts are corrupt” just marks you as a loser.

Learn the official rules and how to use them … or lose!

You can show up in court with all kinds of documents and things that you think are “admissible evidence”. You can know the law is on your side.


If you don’t know the rules of evidence and rules of procedure – and how to use them to your advantage – you lose!

There will be times when you’ll need to argue with the judge about this or that, but do yourself a favor and discover what I learned practicing law in state and federal courts since 1986: unless you know the rules and how to argue the rules effectively, you have no more chance of changing a judge’s ruling than the catcher who snags a foul ball in mid-air while falling into the dugout!

The Rules RULE!

End of story!

Losers believe internet fables. Losers get their legal education at the barbershop or on websites or expensive weekend seminars run by people who never practiced law, never went to law school, and don’t know mud from sand about the rules of court or how to use them to advantage.

Too many good folks believe mythological silver-bullet easy solutions to their legal problems. As a predictable result, they are losing … when they could be winning!

A host of wannabe legal gurus infest the internet and barbershops with half-baked schemes that sound too good to be true … and, like the old adage says, “If it sounds to good to be true, it probably isn’t.”

You may have heard people claiming you can win by challenging a judge’s oath of office, insisting a UCC lien can be used to create collateral for borrowers, insisting banks don’t loan “real money”, or that you can deny your citizenship and claim to be a “sovereign human being” above the law.

It might work in small claims or traffic court … but it will not carry the day for you in any kind of serious lawsuit or criminal case.

Hope in one hand and spit in the other. See which hand gets wet.

Learn how to use the rules!

It’s not expensive, and people who have my course tell us an 8th grader can learn it all in a single weekend.

If you have a lawyer, you’ll save thousands in legal fees by knowing what the lawyershould be doing … and you’ll maximize your chances for success by making certainthe lawyer does what should be done, instead of taking you for a ride to the poorhouse – as happens to so many good people these days.

If you don’t have a lawyer, you’ll know how to stop the opponent’s crooked tricks and get the judge on your side!

The key is knowing the rules and how to use them!

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Control Corrupt Courts!

30 Jul

Instead of writing a long Tips & Tactics newsletter this week, I thought I’d show you how to control corrupt courts!

You won’t believe me, but most lawyers (and nearly all law school professors) don’t have a clue what it takes to win in the real world.

That’s right!

Law school teaches all sorts of things … but not how to control judges nor how to overcome scheming tricks of crooked lawyers!

Law school is not the real world. Most professors never practiced law. Moreover, to keep their jobs they must be too politically correct to teach law students how some judges are biased or corrupt and how to overcome the scheming tricks of crooked lawyers.

What law students learn in law school is legal theory and the fundamentals required to pass the Bar Exam … not much practical knowledge!

Theory doesn’t win lawsuits.

You need to win your lawsuit!

Learn from Jurisdictionary step-by-stepYou need to know what’s important, what’s not, and how to focus your energy where it belongs: getting court orders!

Most lawyers never learn this.

All the posturing, big words, flamboyant behavior, lapel-thumbing, courtroom strutting accomplishes nothing!

The only thing that matters is the ink flowing from a judge’s pen when he signs court orders.

You must know how to control corrupt judges and overcome crooked lawyers. You must be able to re-direct the judge’s bias and the lawyers’ sneaky tricks!

There’s a reason why lawyer jokes proliferate.

There’s a reason why so many complain about high-minded, high-handed judges who ignore the law.

Political correctness prevents justice!

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Friday Fun: TV Station Uses Hand Puppets to Recreate Courtroom Scenes in Corruption Trial

27 Jan

Why? Because the TV station was not allowed to take cameras into the federal courtroom to cover a former Ohio county commissioner. Lowering the Bar’s Kevin Underhill, comments “I think that all court proceedings should be reported in this way,…


Make a Winning Court Record

01 Jul

Making Faces in Court !

Not everything that takes place in court can be “written down” by a court reporter.


Anything that doesn’t get in the court record is lost forever!

If the judge knows you can’t appeal, because he sees you didn’t make a complete record (as taught in my official 24-hour, step-by-step Jurisdictionary “How to Win in Court” course) the judge knows he can rule any way he wishes!

That often means YOU LOSE!

Usually, it’s good enough to get the court reporter to take down every word that’s said – by your opponent, by witnesses, by yourself and your lawyer (if you can afford one) and by the judge especially!


Some things that happen in court aren’t “words”.

The court reporter can only make a record of what gets said, i.e., “words”. She cannot record what happens, if it isn’t something that gets “SAID”, i.e., in “words”.


What do you do?

Well, if you’ve studied my official 24-hour, step-by-step affordable self-help Jurisdictionary “How to Win in Court” course, you already know what to do.

You stand to your feet and say:

“Let the record reflect that my opponent’s lawyer is sticking his tongue out at my witness!”

The court reporter will write that down.

It will become part of the record!

It will be available to the appellate court, if the judge is foolish enough to rule against you, and the appellate justices will know the trial judge was allowing it! Not good for the trial judge. Very good for YOU!


What if the problem is the judge up on his bench?

“Let the record reflect that the judge is reading a newspaper, instead of paying attention!”

Don’t think it happens?

Think again!

In my 25 years of lawyering, I’ve seen judges nod off or play games on their laptop and, yes, read a newspaper!

You need your court record to reveal non-verbal nonsense … if it threatens your right to win!

Of course when you do this, all H— will break loose.

But, but don’t let that discourage you.

Just say:

“Let the record reflect that I have a right to make my record, and my right to be here today and make my record was paid for by the precious ives of some very wonderful heroes who gave the last measure of devotion for people just like me!”

That will put an end to the corruption for awhile!

Because … the court reporter will write it all down!

The trial judge will not want the appellate court to see what happened in his courtroom that day!

By the way, this also applies at depositions, at hearings and, of course, at trial – if you don’t yet know how to win before trial using the clever tactics my course teaches!

Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s tip and that you will (if you haven’t already) order my official 24-hour, step-by-step Jurisdictionary “How to Win in Court” course and learn the rest of what you need to know to win in court!

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Protect yourself from lawyers and judges!

It’s easy, once you understand “due process”.

Due process IS your most valuable right.

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Due process is your most valuable right, because without the ability to win in court, the rest of your “rights” are just political rhetoric, promises with no power.

The Constitution of the United States promises you the protection ofdue process, but it doesn’t tell you what due process is or how to get it!

Due process is a P-R-O-C-E-S-S … and you’ve been DENIED knowledge of what that process is and how to use it to protect your rights!

Lawyers have seen to that … and it’s high time YOU learned what due process is, how it works, and how to use it to protect yourself and your loved ones from any and all abuses of your fundamental God-given rights!

What good are Constitutional Guarantees if you cannot afford to pay some law firm $50,000 to work the process for you? The Constitution itself is just a piece of paper with no power whatever beyond the power of men in high places to sign papers that order other people to do “what’s right”. If you are relying on the Constitution to protect your rights, you are falling into the very trap that my profession wants you to fall into – relying on them who must be paid to protect your rights!

Fortunately, there’s another way!

For the first time in history, the mysteries of due process hidden from you and your children by lawyers all these years are now made easy-to-understand at last – thanks to the internet, multi-media technologies, and the official Jurisdictionary “How to Win in Court” 24-hour, step-by-step self-help course!

The secrets of “due process” are now revealed!

You don’t need a law degree to understand due process. Jurisdictionary simplifies the mysteries lawyers want to keep from you: pleadings, motions, depositions, subpoenas, evidence rules, courtroom objections, etc. The legal profession would have you believe you aren’t smart enough to learn what it takes to win in court, but all you have to do is read our testimonials to see how people just like you ARE WINNING!

Teaching people due process is my passion and the moral imperative of everyone who loves Liberty enough to work for Justice through our courts.

Even if you have thousands of dollars to pay lawyers to go to court for you, Jurisdictionary can help you save money by showing you in simplified teachings just what your lawyer could and should be doing to earn his or her pay.

If you can’t afford a lawyer (or don’t trust them) then this affordable 24-hour step-by-step course is just what you need to protect your other God-given rights from abuse.

Are your rights being abused?

Do you see the rights of others being abused?

Take it to the courts!

Exercise your most valuable right!

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Learn the process of due process that the lawyers don’t want you to know … and stand up for your rights effectively!

Signs, emails, pitchforks, and letters to your Congressman don’t work! Nothing changes!

Knowing how to demand due process in court works!

And, nobody makes it easier than Jurisdictionary!

Tell your friends what their most valuable right is!

Wake people up to the fact that without the knowledge of due process (or many thousands of dollars to pay lawyers) your other fundamental “rights” are just empty promises.

The man or woman who knows the process of due process and how to demand justice from the courts is truly free!

Do what Jurisdictionary teaches, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised when judges rule in your favor!

Do what Jurisdictionary teaches, and you’ll appreciate what it’s like to have rights with teeth in them!

Do what Jurisdictionary teaches, and your life and the life of your family will be much, much happier!

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Learning due process is easy with Jurisdictionary!

Force the court to protect your rights … all of them!

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Pro-se Parties Have To Fight Harder For Justice

02 Jun

Pro se people often do not get justice.


Let’s examine a few facts:

  1. Most pro se people don’t know the rules.
  2. Most pro se people don’t know how to prevent the lawyer on the other side from playing tricks with the rules.
  3. Most pro se people make assumptions about what is “admissible evidence” and stuff that isn’t.
  4. Most pro se people don’t know how to draft their pleadings or motions properly.
  5. Most pro se people don’t know why it’s important to write proposed orders for the judge to sign.
  6. Most pro se people don’t know why, when, or how to make effective objections in court.
  7. Most pro se people don’t understand what facts are critical to winning a case and what facts are of no consequence but only muddy the waters with court-confusing insignificance.
  8. Most pro se people don’t know why it’s so vitally important to cite controlling appellate cases in support of their pre-trial and trial motions.
  9. Most pro se people don’t know how to arrange for a written transcript to be made of all proceedings before the court, so they can control the judge.
  10. Most pro se people waste valuable court time with non-essentials, fail to appreciate the needs of others who have their own problems to bring before the court and, as a consequence, tend to make judges dread pro se cases.

Pro se people who know what I explain so simply in the official Jurisdictionary step-by-step 24-hour course are winning and even getting compliments from judges and even opposing lawyers … because they do it right!

Not all judges are “against” pro se people “just because they are pro se”. Most of the judges I knew in my 25 years were good people who cared about other people and did their best to guarantee justiceaccording to the rules.

But! You must know how to protect yourself!

Pro se parties who know the rules and how to use them to protect themselves from courtroom corruption the way my Jurisdictionary step-by-step 24-hour course makes so easy-to-understand don’t let crooked lawyers get away with their smoke-and-mirrors tricks!

It does no good to complain after losing.

The difference between winners and losers is the fact that winners learn how to win!

If you want to make it complicated and muddy the pond with all kinds of nutty arguments, you can do so, make the judge angry, and lose when your “evidence” isn’t admitted because it isn’t “admissible evidence”, etcetera.

You can demand your Constitutional Rights, instead of learning about causes of action and their elements that win lawsuits, and you will lose.

You can refuse to learn the rules of evidence, the rules of procedure, and the tactics and strategies my course is so popular for making easy to learn, and you will lose!


If you want to win, get my affordable Jurisdictionary step-by-step 24-hour course now and master the case-winning strategies and tactics I used for 25 years as a case-winning lawyer in state and federal courts.

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If you’re paying a lawyer, know what your lawyer should be doing to earn his fee and win your case.

If you don’t have a lawyer, know what you must do to force the judge do what’s right and prevent the lawyer on the other side from cheating.

It’s that simple.

My affordable, popular, official Jurisdictionary 24-hour step-by-step lawsuit course will show you how to prepare orders, write powerful pleadings, draft and argue motions, object in court, get admissible evidence into the record, prevent the other side from getting lies into the record, do legal research, compose your legal arguments, and much, much more.

You’ll learn how to avoid filing an answer by moving the court to dismiss or strike the complaint or require a confusing or poorly-worded complaint to be re-written.

You’ll learn how to use effective discovery tools to force the other side to produce facts that may lead to admissible evidence.

You’ll discover how to move the court and demand that the judge enforce your legal rights.

In short, you’ll learn how to save money, maximize your winning power, and resolve conflicts peacefully and profitably … according to the rules!


Once you master the simple concepts I teach, you’ll be more powerful than most lawyers I met in 25 years as a licensed lawyer in state and federal courts as a licensed bar attorney!

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Winning is easy if you do what I teach in my course!

I know what it takes to win. I practiced law nearly 25 years. I can help you, if you’re willing to learn from me!

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  • 5-hour video CD simplifies the process of litigation
  • 2 audio CDs present practical litigation tactics
  • 15 in-depth tutorials on 4th CD lay out basics
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Save legal fees!

Control judges!

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