Dishonesty, Deceit, Fraud, and Misrepresentation

In my novel, “The Grievance Committee–Book One,” the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct prohibits lawyers from committing dishonesty, deceit, fraud, and misrepresentation.   Jose P. Quiroz, the accused attorney in the novel, used trickery to get into the pants of his female clients, who filed  grievance complaints against him. Of course, history owns no […]

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The Cat’s Meow

THE CAT’S MEOW I hope you enjoy reading as much as my cat, Diablo, and I do! No doubt, you (like our 3 dogs) disbelieve that Diablo is a reading cat. But, please, trust me, Diablo is indeed a cat who can read, at least English words. When Diablo, who reads over my shoulder, truly […]

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NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER!

NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER! Count the number of times you’ve heard the old English idiom, “Never judge a book by its cover.”   Although this proverb warns that appearances can be deceiving, the literal meaning advises to refrain from selecting a book because of the book’s cover. Any true judgment of a […]

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CAN YOU TRUST A LAWYER?

CAN YOU TRUST A LAWYER? As one might expect, lawyers don’t rate very high on the trust meter.  As one of my characters said in Chapter 4 of The Grievance Committee–Book One, “Only fiction writers and lawyers get paid to lie.”  So, can you trust a lawyer? In the June 2013 edition of  Reader’s Digest, the […]

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BARRATRY? What is it?

BARRATRY?   What is it? When someone (NOT necessarily a lawyer)—UNINVITED and UNKNOWN to you—visits your home, your business, your hospital room, or even the accident site to solicit your legal or medical representation, that’s called BARRATRY.   All states frown on the practice. TV and Billboard advertising ought to fit the above examples of […]

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GETTING PUBLISHED

Your manuscript is finished, proofed, edited, re-written, and ready for publication.   Now, you are an author in desperate need of a publisher. You can hope that one of the Legacy Publishing Houses or traditional publishers will buy your book or you can self-publish your book through some printer or through a self-publishing company.  Legacy […]

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Public Defender or Court-Appointed Lawyer—Confused?

Confused about a Public Defender or a Court-Appointed Lawyer? Well, a  book critic certainly was!   Although giving a favorable review of  “The Grievance Committee–Book One,” that reviewer mistakenly identified Jose P. Quiroz as a Public Defender instead of a Court-Appointed Lawyer for serial shoplifter, Alexandra Jimenez.  Believe me,  an important difference exists between a […]

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Having Lawyer Trouble?

HAVING LAWYER TROUBLE? While Lawyer Trouble may raise its ugly head in several ways,  these six are the most common! 1.  When the lawyer doesn’t timely, if ever, return the client’s phone calls! Disciplinary Rules in Texas and in most States require the client’s lawyer to keep the client reasonably informed about the status of the […]

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Who Is Telling the Truth?

Who is telling the truth? Does the question raise an impossible answer? We know that philosophers define “truth” as the conformity of the mind’s perception to reality.  Common sense tells us that people lie even when under oath.  We recognize that the person interrogated presents different attitudes, motivations, and more from those of the questioner. […]

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The Author’s Writing Habits

Hi! Welcome ! When I speak about “The Grievance Committee” series, almost surely I’ll get some questions about my writing habits. Some writers work their craft at the same time daily, perhaps beginning in the early morning after a cup of coffee and before the family members arise. They write until ten or eleven o’clock, […]

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