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Small Claims Is Where It’s At!

Can I file this in Small Claims Court? People ask that question a lot when considering filing a lawsuit.  

Recently, Governor Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 661. This bill increases the limit of Small Claims cases from $7,500 to $10,000. The bill is effective November 1, 2017.

Still have questions about the right way to file a lawsuit, give us a call. Our lawyers handle cases of all sizes.

Ewbank, Hennigh & McVay, PLLC covers all of Oklahoma and travels extensively through Northwest Oklahoma representing our clients.

The Greatest Law Firm on Earth is Hiring

If you haven’t guessed it – yes, we’re referring to EHM. We’ve spent years perfecting our craft, developing our team. And now, it’s time to expand our northwest Oklahoma law firm even more.

We’re currently hiring for an associate attorney with zero to five years of experience. So if you just finished law school and passed your bar exam, you’re in luck. Even if you’ve been practicing law for a bit – we can promise you’ll enjoy the culture around here.

Applicants must be motivated and be willing to work in a variety of capacities. It comes with the territory of working in a law firm. Additionally, we ask that you’re detailed, task-oriented and of course – able to play nice with others.

If your goal is living and working in God’s country (legally defined as the territory north of HWY 51 and west of HWY 81), we’d love to visit with you. Our ideal candidate is seeking gainful employment and experience working in oil and gas title work, family law, legal research, writing and litigation.

Sound like something you’d enjoy? Good. In addition to our awesome work atmosphere, we also provide benefits. Yeah – now we’ve definitely got your attention. To learn more about the position or to apply right away (come on, we know you want to), contact us at ewbank@northwestoklaw.com.

Divorces Are Already Tough Enough

At Ewbank, Hennigh & McVay, PLLC we help a lot of people through the difficult divorce process.

Divorce is not easy.

However, here we are in another legislative session, and, as in prior years, Oklahoma’s legislature is trying to make divorces more expensive.  HB1277 is the newest attempt to drive costs up and pad divorce statistics in Oklahoma.  Let’s face it.  These bills are not designed to help Oklahomans.  Instead, the intent is to artificially reduce the number of divorces reported in some report so our legislators can point to these bogus numbers about how their efforts are helping Oklahoma families.  It’s the typical smoke and mirrors. Frankly, it’s BS.

This bill would require each party pay their own costs and attorney’s fees unless one party can prove the other party caused the divorce by through:

Abandonment,

Adultery,

Impotency,

The wife being pregnant by another man at the time of marriage,

Extreme cruelty,

Fraudulent contract,

Habitual drunkenness or habitual substance abuse,

Gross neglect of duty,

Blah, Blah Blah…

Here’s how it works.  

If the wife can prove the man was impotent (just to grab one), then she can get her attorney’s fees and costs awarded to her.  Oh wait, there’s more.  In addition to her fees, the Judge would be REQUIRED to only give the man 1/4 of the property of the marriage, and give the wife the other 3/4.  Maybe the testosterone lobby is pushing this bill?

The bill also has a fun requirement that if the stated reason for the divorce is incompatibility, the family must attend counseling (for which they must pay), and the divorce cannot be finalized for 6 months.  Great,  we are going to artificially require people to suffer through another 6 months of a failed marriage.  I am sure the kids will love that.  I bet dinner time would be awkward…

Here is the text of the bill:  http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2017-18%20FLR/HFLR/HB1277%20HFLR.PDF

Listen, we make money on divorces.  Most people probably think lawyers would jump at the chance to make more money on divorces.  We don’t.  This bill is bad for people. Our goal is to help our clients gets the best result for their situation.  We cannot support anything that artificially makes divorces more difficult for our clients.

You can call your legislature, but it probably won’t do any good.  Us voters didn’t know what we were voting on during the criminal reforms last year, so the legislature is actively working through legislation to override our vote.  Likewise, our Legislature knows better how to handle our marriages than we do.  Uhhmm, Mr. Representative, can I go to the bathroom now?

Honorary Commander – Vance Air Force Base, Enid Oklahoma

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Ewbank, Hennigh & McVay, PLLC is proud to recognize Dalen McVay as having been named an Honorary Commander at Vance Force Base.

Dalen is the second member of EHM to serve in this capacity, as Kaleb Hennigh has also had the distinction of serving in this role.  We continuously strive to take an active part in community affairs, and it’s nice to be recognized from time to time for trying to better the community.

The Honorary Commanders Program is designed to provide key community partners a behind-the-scenes look at Vance.  Dalen will be assigned to a squadron for a one year term and will have the opportunity to experience firsthand the various aspects of the mission at Vance Air Force Base through tours and events.  Administration at Vance AFB believes that actively integrating community leaders into the Air Force family builds strong relationships vital to the successful partnership between base and community.

Northwest District Livestock Show – Premium Sale

The Premium Sale for the Northwest District Livestock Show occurred last night.  Ewbank, Hennigh & McVay supports area youth and has contributed premiums to youth livestock exhibitors through this event since the inception of the firm.  Here is a link to an ENE article for the event.

http://www.enidnews.com/news/livestock-show-exhibitors-reap-rewards-of-hard-work/article_10d94b76-c6cf-11e4-add7-37bc6495aaea.html

EHM wants to commend the exhibitors for all of their hard work and dedication with their livestock projects, congratulate them on their success at the District Show and wish them luck next week at the Oklahoma Youth Expo in Oklahoma City!

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