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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 OUR LAW FIRM
& CORE VALUES
& 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.
I am a third generation lawyer. My grandfather started his first law firm in 1926. 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 1926. 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
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.
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 like 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 is 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
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.
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 your doctors send 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.