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"Even a dog distinguishes between being stumbled over and being kicked."
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Supreme Court Justice

I told you about Medpay insurance and why it might come in handy for you.  I also told you about UIM and UM. Despite these great insurance provisions, I find that some people who need to and can file one of these claims are hesitant do...

As I sit here today, at the beginning of April, snow flurries pass my window.  It doesn't look like anything's sticking, but I'm not going to hold my breath.  Snow can accumulate just about any time of the year in these parts. The weather reminds me...

A settlement conference, here in Montana, is an informal "mediation."  I put the word mediation in quotes because it might carry more technical overtones than I mean.  Boiled down, a settlement conference is a meeting between parties in a dispute to try to settle a...

Depositions are a formal court proceeding and result in testimony that can sometimes be used at trial. Depositions are an attorney’s tool to find out about the other side’s case in the discovery phase of litigation. They generally take place after litigation has begun, but...

COLLABORATE, DON’T LITIGATE! Divorce is an ugly 7-letter word: if you have children, it is worse. Many attorneys in states other than Montana offer what’s called "collaborative" divorces. Because of its size, and the lack of sufficient numbers of attorneys (yes, I’m saying there aren’t enough...

I don't spend much time reading the newspaper. I deal with tragedy and frustration at work, I don't want to get bogged down in the national tragedies and frustrations at home after hours, too. But, last week, I was waiting to meet with a doctor...

In my previous post, I discussed the Ridley decision of the Montana Supreme Court. This is the case that requires insurance companies to pay for an injured party's medical expenses where liability is "reasonably clear" and the medical expenses are "causally related" to the accident. As anyone...

Back when I was first out of law school, I took a job with a firm that does some insurance defense. One of my first interactions with an insurance company was a conversation I had with an adjuster who was wondering whether she actually had to...

In this post, I discussed what subrogation is. I also explained, in my practice, that because of this right (and usually, language in the contract) health insurance companies today now claim a lien on settlements to the extent of the health insurance company’s payments. ...

I ran across an interesting article today about the concussion dangers to young athletes partcipating in sports. “Shake it Off” May Be Fatal Advice 50 Youth Football Players Were Killed or Sustained Serious Head Injuries from 1997 to 2007 It really piqued my interest, because I know a...