Here is a thought that I have for the California useless P.I. clubs and organizations: why is it that we have “lawyers” aka MINORS COUNSEL being appointed at a pretty decent per hour rate, $125/hour? If you should be so lucky to be appointed and the parties involved are rich and maybe a little famous the sky is the limit…it is absolutely incredible, you can bill your regular hourly rate. Now if you are one of these high dollar lawyer types do you have any idea what that number can be? And for some children who can barely whisper “goo goo gah gah,” this is the truth here and I am shocked that this has not been mentioned before.
There were two cases last year that were nothing short of spectacular for two divorce lawyers who billed tens of thousands on one and hundreds of thousands on the other. Forget about the CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES involved, some of these minors counsel have a great deal of power. They can make decisions and they get to testify for the minor, LMAO in “their” own words…oh my god! And listening to some of these people is terrifying, to the point that I even can tell that they are ‘gilding the lilly’ aka making stuff up and certainly enhancing the work product, my opinion.
What you ask is my complaint? Simple, they are acting as investigators 70 percent of the time and not as lawyers. To the point the other day I sat and listened to someone I had to describe as nothing but a wind bag with a Bar card. And I could tell by his answers to the court there was a “quiver.”…..
….Anyone questioning my clarity on this, all you have to do is go and sit and listen, most of the time they are not acting as lawyers. There is little or no law being dealt with by them, rather jibberish and bullshit with a dam near guarantee to take a big bite out of your financial well being. The other interesting aspect I have seen is when there is a blatant like for one parent or the other and they are supposed to be impartial and to deal with the facts in their INVESTIGATION. I am still sizzling at how about this? These people are speaking for a child that as I have stated that in many cases can’t express themselves. So in making mention of this again, I plan on paying a lot more attention in the weeks and months to come and when I see other MINORS COUNSEL… …I will have their names and dates so that you can pull the record and see for yourselves.
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NOTE FROM ROSE: I quickly called John J. Nazarian to compare notes on this article because it speaks to something near and dear to my heart, children rights. Here in Texas they are called Guardian Ad Litem (but they are lawyers) and often they have themselves promoted to Attorney Ad Litems, via a Motion to the very Court that appointed them as the Guardian Ad Litem. You better believe that the judges listens to them; 1) They answer ONLY to the court that appointed them and 2) they are pretty close to being God in Texas family courts. They swing the case not in the best interest of the child but often to the parent paying them or just the one they “like”. At the end of the day it is about that big paycheck. In the old days in Texas we had “social workers” that reported directly to the judge. They had no legal degree but they did have a Master degree in child and family sociology and for the most part you could not put anything past them and they did care about the children. I have often wonder who came up with this instead, which is only about money to “family lawyers” on a list and never from what I have observed about the children. In my opinion if the court wants the parents or children investigated, hire a P. I. that reports ONLY to the Court, if you want the home environment evaluated hire a social worker that ONLY reports to the Court, get the greedy lawyers out of the child “speak” business. ALL OF THE ABOVE IS COURSE JUST MY OPINION ON WHAT IS REALLY “IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILDREN”.
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March 20, 2011
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