Mary Katherine Brown
Mary Katherine Brown, Family Law Attorney - Brooklyn, NY
Posted over 2 years ago.

Again, your local attorney’s are usually the best source of advice, and their answers should be given the highest regard.

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anonymous
Posted over 2 years ago.

Mrs. Brown, why do you always write this after somebody's reply? Does that give you more avvo points? I have found this comment after SO MANY answers. Why don't you take the time to ANSWER some people instead?

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anonymous
Posted over 2 years ago.

Sorry, I looked up your profile and you actually DO take the time to answer people also. My bad.

Mary Katherine Brown
Mary Katherine Brown, Family Law Attorney - Brooklyn, NY
Posted over 2 years ago.

No problem, thanks for taking the extra step to follow up your comment :-) The primary reason I make some comments over and over is because they are worth repeating. Many of the questions asked here on Avvo are appropriately responded to with general information that may be true in several jurisdictions. Nevertheless, it is a good idea to remind everyone that specific legal advice should be obtained by direct consultation with an attorney in the same jurisdiction as the problem for which the advice is being sought.

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anonymous
Posted over 2 years ago.

You are absolutely right and I have seen now that you are one of the top lawyers on this website. I'm really sorry for my rude comment. It was totally uncalled for. You are truly not one of the people who are doing what I get so upset about!

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anonymous
Posted over 2 years ago.

Oh, yes she is! Lawyer from WA, asker from WA. Where is Waldo!!!???

Mary Katherine Brown
Mary Katherine Brown, Family Law Attorney - Brooklyn, NY
Posted over 2 years ago.

As previously noted, I agree with the answers given by the other attorneys however, it is important note that lawyers and judges alike may approach the same law from different viewpoints and reach different conclusions. Thus, I usually recommend consulting directly with an attorney who practices in your local court and who is familiar with the opinions of the judges most likely to consider your issue. Similarly, I believe all the attorneys who answer questions here on Avvo make their best effort to provide accurate and useful information, I always recommend giving priority consideration to the information provided by the attorneys from your state. Good luck!

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anonymous
Posted over 2 years ago.

But why do you not approach avvo and ask them to write it to every new asker who enters the site with a question instead? It seems to me that you have taken it upon yourself to "educate" the whole avvo community and it's annoying both to askers hoping for a good comment and especially to other attorneys who feel like "What the heck?! Does she think I'm stupid?!"
It sure seems like you paste your comments in just to get avvo points and to be able to see your face after every question asked.
Sorry, but I'm tired of seeing your photo everywhere with the same two "cut and paste" comments all the time. When I talk to other people (lawyers or not) about this website, you are always the running joke. Wa ask each other "How many times have you seen Waldo Brown today....?" It's really annoying to a lot of people.

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anonymous
Posted over 2 years ago.

"Try to find a lawyer who lives next door to the Judge you are going to get, and tell him to be really nice to that Judge and showel outside his house, bring over banana bread and flowers, surprise him with doing some weeding and on night before the trail, make sure he brings him a big bottle of wine. That way you are consulting directly with an attorney who practices in your local court and who is familiar with the the judge most likely to consider your issue." C'mon, no lawyer is able to predict how all Judges are going to react on a certain day. Please stop your "cut and paste" comments for every attorney.

Mary Katherine Brown
Mary Katherine Brown, Family Law Attorney - Brooklyn, NY
Posted over 2 years ago.

I believe the anonymous poster's suggestion is a good one ("But why do you not approach avvo and ask them to write it to every new asker who enters the site with a question instead? It seems to me that you have taken it upon yourself to 'educate' the whole avvo community..."). Thank you! I will forward it to Avvo and suggest they formulate a similar posting, which may be useful to those askers who view only the answers to their own questions and perhaps would not see the comments that are so familiar to those who take a greater interest in the postings of others :-)

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anonymous
Posted over 2 years ago.

Thanks. I really hope you do. I enjoy reading your answers, but I am so annoyed with your "cuts and pastes", since I spend a lot of time on avvo. As to anonymous poster, I would have no problem to post my name, but they don't let you as an asker.

Mary Katherine Brown
Mary Katherine Brown, Family Law Attorney - Brooklyn, NY
Posted over 2 years ago.

I am truly sorry that my comments are personally annoying to you and your colleagues; however, I do not think continued dialogue here on this topic is appropriate or useful to the average Avvo reader who is not so personally invested. I will, as promised, make your suggestion to Avvo (I'm sure Avvo would also welcome your suggestion directly). Also, my contact information is readily available here on Avvo and although I can't say I "welcome" it, I encourage you to vent your frustrations to me directly in the future.

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anonymous
Posted over 2 years ago.

I did. I called your office twice two weeks ago and left my name, number and what it was about. Nobody called back. I am not trying to be rude. I think it would be good for everybody to have the information when they sign up for avvo, but I think it's enough to read it when you enter the webpage and not after every answer. I can certainly call you again, but I would be happy if you would suggest it to avvo.