GOING THROUGH A DIVORCE?

GOING THROUGH 
A DIVORCE?

We Can Help

ARE YOU IN LEGAL TROUBLE?
NEED HELP WITH A 
CRIMINAL CASE?

ARE YOU IN LEGAL TROUBLE?
NEED HELP 
WITH A 
CRIMINAL CASE?

We Can Help

SAME SEX IS NOT COMPLEX.

SAME SEX IS NOT 
COMPLEX.

We Can Help

ARE YOU A VICTIM OF MEDICAL
MALPRACTICE?

ARE YOU A 
VICTIM OF 
MEDICAL
MALPRACTICE?

We Can Help

NEED HELP GETTING CHILD
SUPPORT?

NEED HELP 
GETTING CHILD
SUPPORT?

We Can Help

WELCOME

Hello! Welcome!
Bienvenido! Bienvenue!

Hello! Welcome!
Bienvenido! Bienvenue!

Thank you for taking time out of your day to visit our website.  We know there are lots of attorneys out there for you to browse through and review to determine if they fit your legal needs.  We want you to know that we appreciate your time.

Our catch phrase  is very simple: “Before you are wed until after you are dead - we gotcha covered” It might sound hokey but we want to be with you every step of the way in your life if you need us.  We work hard to be not only great lawyers but also great people.  We know we work for you, the client.  We want to be your lawyer, your family’s lawyer and your friend’s lawyer.

ABOUT US

ABOUT OUR LAW FIRM
& CORE VALUES

ABOUT OUR 
LAW FIRM
& CORE VALUES

This firm is interested in the client. We do not discriminate against anyone.  We are color, gender and sexual orientation blind.  We believe that all people have rights and should have access to the court system.  The right to be treated fairly and with respect is basic.  We try to deliver great service at a fair price without compromising our personal integrity or yours.  We are not going to take a short cut, lie or cheat.

Firm

History

I am a third generation lawyer.  My grandfather started his first law firm in 1929.  My father joined his firm in 1959.  When my grandfather died in 1987, my father carried on the firm.  In 1999 I joined the firm and practiced with my father until 2008, when I left to open the firm of M. Judith Barnett, P.A.  I have been raised in the practice of law which instilled in me a dedication to hard work, value for the dollar and the importance of the client.  My family, immediate and extended, have been serving the people of Mississippi since 1929.  In the practice of law there is a need to be honest, not just honest, but apparently honest.  We as a profession must always work to be transparent in our representation of our clients. ~ M. Judith Barnett

Geographic

Area of Practice

This firm practices in all 82 counties of the State of Mississippi.  We have experience in the city, county, circuit and chancery courts of each of the counties.  We are comfortable in all venues including federal court.  We enjoy the change in area because it keeps us on our toes and up to date on the law.

Personal

Injury

A court case can take as long as you want or as long as it takes.  This means that the court systems are clogged with a backlog of cases making it difficult to get quick court dates.  We would to get the quickest court date with the attorney of your choice.  However, sometimes the wait can be substantially longer than you anticipated.  We understand this and try to get you into court at the earliest possible time.  We have a vested interest in your case along with you.  We do not want to wait any longer than you.  However, we are not going to take your case to trial until it fully ready.  This requires some pre-trial work and we keep you informed every step of the way.  Rarely does anyone ever come into the office and tell their attorney “take as long as you want, I am in no hurry.”  Usually, everyone wants immediate gratification.  Some cases take longer than others due to their complexity however, they are all important.

HOW TO HELP YOURSELF

Criminal Cases

The best thing you can do to help yourself is to keep all of your appointments.  You have appointments with probation, parole, drug court, court watch, your attorney, or even a doctor.  Be on time.  Punctuality says that you are interested in your case and its progress.  Cooperate with the people who are involved with your case.  They are just doing their jobs, so don't harass them.  If you are required to pay a fine, do it.  You can go back to jail for not paying your fines, costs or assessments.  Pay your attorney.  We don't work for free and it takes a lot of time and heart to work on your case.  We actually do care.

Domestic Cases

Get involved!!  If you are not involved in your case and your attorney has to hunt you down, don't expect to win.  Custody cases require your involvement in particular.  You are fighting for your child(ren)!  Be involved in your children's lives.  They love you and your spouse.  Attend their events, help with homework, know their teachers and ask them about their day not the other parent.  You should pay your child support or other support on time.  If you do not pay it on time, your ex-spouse will take you back to court.  Most importantly:  Your kids grow up and you can not recapture their youth.  Be involved now.

Personal Injury Cases

Make your doctor appointments.  If you doctors sends you to physical therapy then please go.  There is a reason.  Keep up with your receipts and mileage to and from your doctor's office, physical therapists appointments, or other injury related appointments.  Take your medication as prescribed.  Turn your paperwork into your attorney because it is a necessary part of your compensation.  After all you filed suit because your were injured.  Make sure your attorney has the information she or he needs to know how much your case is worth.  Make your appointments with your lawyer.  Your lawyer will need your help to answer questions and prepare you for depositions or trial.  Your lawyer cares and is trying to help you.  Please be punctual, you are not the lawyer's only client.  You will need to follow the directions of your lawyer in order to obtain the best results for your case.

WHY US?

GO WITH THE BEST

GO WITH THE BEST

"Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and
your better is best."  - St. Jerome

RESOURCES

HELPFUL INFORMATION
AND FAQS

HELPFUL 
INFORMATION
AND FAQS

Can't find what you are looking for? Still have questions?
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Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO GET A DIVORCE IN MISSISSIPPI?

IS THERE A LEGAL SEPARATION IN MISSISSIPPI?

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET A DIVORCE?

HOW MUCH CHILD SUPPORT DO I HAVE TO PAY (OR SHOULD I EXPECT TO RECEIVE)?

IS MISSISSIPPI AN ALIMONY STATE?

Other Useful Information

Factors to consider in awarding alimony

Factors in considering a reasonable award of alimony

Factors to consider in determining an award of custody

Factors in determining a material change in circumstance for custody

Factors to consider in a change of custody from one parent to another

Factors to consider in making a determination of an award of tax exemption of a child to a non-custodial parent

Factors to be considered in determining each party's contribution to the accumulation of property

Forms

Download, complete and return by email or by fax to 601.981.4717.

DEDICATION

DEDICATION TO THE JOB
AT HAND

DEDICATION TO 
THE JOB
AT HAND

SERVICES

WE OFFER A VARIETY OF
LEGAL SERVICES

If you do not see the legal services you need listed below, we still
may be able to help. Reach out to us! ›

The law offices of M. Judith Barnett, P.A. has extensive experience in many aspects of the practice of law and litigation and in various settings. We represent our clients and provide ongoing advice and legal counsel to individual clients, families, businesses, agencies and corporate entities as well as in Youth Court, Chancery Court and Circuit Court. At the offices of M. Judith Barnett, P.A., we know the law.

Family

Law

  • Divorce
  • Child Support
  • Alimony
  • Termination of Paternal and Maternal Rights
  • Temporary Custody
  • Modifications of prior Orders of the Court
  • Change of Custody of Children
  • Change of Alimony
  • Change of Child Support
  • Change of Visitation
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Same sex couples divorce and post divorce actions
  • Post Nuptial Agreements
  • All Youth Court actions that do not include Pearl City Youth Court
  • Powers of Attorney for military personnel
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Advanced healthcare directives

Criminal

Law

  • Misdemeanor
  • Felony
  • DUI
  • Federal Felony or Misdemeanor
  • First Offender’s Bonds
    If you have never been convicted of a felony and you are charged with a felony other than armed robbery or murder - you may qualify for a First Offender’s Bond.  That is where the defendant can post their bond with the Circuit Clerk’s Office in the county where they are charged.  Then the defendant can get that money back at the end of his/her case less any court costs or fees.  At M. Judith Barnett, P.A. will let you assign that money to us as your attorney fee so that you do not have to post bond AND pay an attorney
  • City Court, Justice Court, County Court or Circuit Court.  We practice in all 82 counties and the Federal Court system.
  • If you or a loved one has been convicted of a crime our firm handles appeals to the Supreme Court of Mississippi and to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • We offer flat fees so that you know exactly what your fee will be and where your money is going on appeals.

Personal

Injury

  • Car Wrecks
  • 18 Wheeler Accidents
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Personal Torts - assault and battery
  • False Imprisonment
  • Abuse of process
  • Causes of action against State or Federal government for personal injuries

Trusts,

Estates & Land

  • Simple and Complex Wills
  • Drafting of Deeds
  • Land Disputes
  • Probate of Intestate and Testate Estates
    (Without and With a Will)
  • Will Contests
  • Enforcement of Covenants

Commercial

Litigation

  • Formation of Corporations, Limited Liability Corporation, Professional Limited Liability Corporations
  • Defense of companies, large or small
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Breach of Contracts
EMERGENCIES

For Emergencies - Dial 911.

If you need answers to your urgent questions, after hours or on the weekend, call 601.946.8196

(8:00 am until 10:00 pm) to speak to an attorney.

EMERGENCIES

For Emergencies - Dial 911.

If you need answers to your urgent questions, after hours or on the weekend, call 601.946.8196

(8:00 am until 10:00 pm) to speak to an attorney.

ADDRESS

1911 Dunbarton Drive
Jackson, MS 39216

PHONE

601.981.4450
from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fax 601.981.4717

ADDRESS

1911 Dunbarton Drive
Jackson, MS 39216

PHONE

601.981.4450
from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fax 601.981.4717

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