This post focuses on the Court Order.
8 words – an order is an order is an order…
A new client comes in and decides they do not want to return funds to an account by a specified date as ordered by the court; instead they suggest we use it as leverage against the other side.
A current client has been ordered to pay costs to their former spouse as a result of losing a motion. The payment is due in 3 days. They refuse to pay it.
Unless you have instructed your lawyer to appeal the order or seek leave to appeal the order – that order better be complied with.
Too often clients feel that orders are simply suggestions made by a judge. Orders can be granted at any stage of the proceeding and can also be on consent. Orders must be followed or that party will be sanctioned. It is very important to come to court with clean hands – in compliance with previous orders of the court.
When your lawyer reminds you to comply with an order do not ignore this advice. If you do, you will be penalized by the court system.
The lesson here – an order is an order is an order… 8 simple words.