Reviews

An entertaining, thoughtful look into the trials and tribulations of family law practice. A must-read for anyone thinking about entering this area of practice.

LawProfBlog, an anonymous but notorious contributor to Above the Law.

I don’t really need a divorce lawyer since I’ve never been married but I read the book anyway. That’s how good it is.

David Graeber, a London-based anthropologist, professor at London School of Economics and the author of the influential “Debt: the First 5,000 Years”

Having spent most of my life surrounded by divorce attorneys for one reason or another, I laughed so hard that I had to call a few paralegals just to read them spots.

Books, Books and More Books

Grimy sausage-making of the law

If you are interested in the grimy sausage-making of how the law really works, you’ll find this an utterly fascinating book. It should be required reading for pre-law students. And if you are thinking about a divorce that has the potential to become ugly, I’d recommend reading this as well. There is some very practical advice on how to work with your lawyer to get the best outcome.

Mr. Smith, the author of “Entropy”

Like me, read this book anyway.

Not planning on using a divorce lawyer (much less trying to stiff one)? Me neither. But then, like me, read this book anyway, for the sheer entertainment value that it so cleverly dishes out. There are here really two conceptually distinct books nestling under the same cover. One of those might be characterized as an insider’s tongue-in-cheek educational guide to the strange world of divorce law practice. This “educational” aspect of the book opened my eyes to some useful-to-know things, many of them doubtless applicable to all lawyers, not just divorce practitioners. The “other” book could best be described as some very funny “war stories” based on Portia Porter’s law practice. These stories are, for the most part, comical illustrations of how the principles of the “educational” book work out in real life. You will roll your eyes in amusement and wonderment that Divorce Court could actually be anything like the zany experiences recounted. In sum, it’s like getting two books in one: Learn and Laugh! I thought that it was a very good read. 

 

Does a pretty good job trying to warn us poor schmucks of the utter hell which is litigation

Portia writes with the cynical and biting humor of someone who truly hates their job…which…considering she’s telling you how to shaft her co-workers…is probably a good thing in this instance.

The basic gist goes like this: regular, healthy, normal people (read: non-lawyers) don’t realize what a dysfunctional mess the legal system is, how much it is going to negatively disrupt their life, and how little they are ever going to get out of it. It’s like gambling…but no fun, way more expensive, and somehow less morally worthwhile for society.

Lawyers, however, are intimately aware of how worthless the system is, and thus will not use it to pursue you if you..even if you don’t pay them.

It’s kinda eye opening.

If you’re a civilian who’s about to encounter any form of “civil” litigation in the near future…it makes a pretty winning case for why you shouldn’t.

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