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The Launch

Jay Fleischman, a legal consultant, said this recently in an article about online marketing:

Online legal marketing efforts typically consist of a thin website or a blog that collects dust. You’re all fired up about “getting online,” that you forget one critical point – if you’re using your website as a brochure filled with platitudes and hollow verbiage then why would someone ever consider hiring you?

Jay captured my thought perfectly and for this reason I am launching a website today that will be different. I am an attorney and I practice law, but this will not be standard legal website. Instead, my goal is to post interesting content that adds value to the lives of the people who visit the site.

There will be legal content, but presented in a little different way- through video, audio (both audio files and a podcast). Also, if it’s interesting in technology, I will probably talk about it.  So, I plan to make regular posts (TechTipTuesday and FreeStyleFriday) as well as random reviews, comments and tips.

To keep up with the theme of doing things a bit differently, I am going to start with a giveaway:  an Apple iPad.  Check out the details here and get signed up for the random (and nearly painless) drawing.

Posted by Shawn Roberts in Blogposts

Common law marriage, not so commonly understood in Oklahoma

Common law marriage has existed in Oklahoma at least since statehood.  And for at least that long, the legal definition and how it is created has been confused.

There has been a small but persistent minority trying to abolish common law marriage in Oklahoma for many years.  In 2005, a bill failed in the Oklahoma legislature that would have formally eliminated common law marriage; only marriage through the courthouse would have been allowed.

It can be wickedly difficult to prove a common law marriage, particularly if one is trying to so after one spouse has passed away.  The widely-held perception that a common law marriage requires 7 years of co-habitation is incorrect; there is no time limit.   But some of the factors that one does have to prove are:

1 The couple had to be legally competent to be married;

2 The couple had to agree to be husband and wife.

3 The couple has a permanent relationship.

4 The couple has an exclusive relationship.

5 The couple lives together as husband and wife.

6 The couple publicly considers themselves to be husband and wife.

It is a tall order to be sure to prove all of this.  Now, what Common law DIVORCE?  I will save that for another post.

Posted by Shawn Roberts in Blogposts