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It’s no secret foreclosure mills tend to use local hearing attorneys who are not employees of the foreclosure mill to handle their foreclosure hearings rather than the actual attorney assigned to the case appearing. These hearing attorneys sit in Court like prosecutors all of which, causes a sense of immediate prejudice when a defendant steps up to the plate. Many of you may have heard the trend of challenging the firms authority to represent the actual plaintiff (which by the way, if you’re not doing it you certainly need to!) but many attorney’s are overlooking the fact that in order to speak in court you must first appear on behalf of. When a local hearing attorney stands up for the Plaintiff and they’re not an attorney with the firm hired to represent the Plaintiff you should not simply allow them to speak. They too have to file a notice of appearance. This may seem a bit trivial which I suspect is why most attorney’s let it go and quite frankly, most judges will let the hearing attorney continue BUT, boy oh boy is it a GREAT tactic to throw opposing counsel off their game! I’ve never seen such a studder fest after a hearing attorney’s authority to represent has been challenged. Anyway, just a little strategy and tactic for you guys to use. Try it and post some comments to let me know how it works for you in your next hearing.
That aside, here’s a recent update for you on Marshall C. Watson. As you know the firms leader has been spanked by the Florida Bar and is up for a 91 day suspension. According to a Notice of Change of Firm name in front of me, as of January 1, 2013 the LAW OFFICES OF MARSHALL C. WATSON, P.A. has changed its name to CHOICE LEGAL GROUP, P.A. The firms address, phone number and fax number has not been changed.