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Appeals Can Overcome An Unfavorable Judgment

Do you believe the final decision rendered in your case was done so in error? Fortunately, an unsatisfactory judgment is not the end of the road. By filing an appeal, you can seek an outcome that better reflects your interests. This gives you and your attorneys a chance to refine the arguments presented on the first pass through court. In some cases, simply arguing before a different judge can affect the terms of his or her judgment.

At Salley & Salley, LLC, we can help you make the most of your second chance to make the Louisiana family law system work for you. Our firm includes a board-certified family law specialist, certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. This certification is granted to a select number of attorneys who meet specific standards of excellence and experience. Every day, we put our knowledge and experience to work providing personal service and aggressive representation for our clients. We have more than 50 years of combined experience in family law.

Just two years out of law school, attorney Laurel Salley took a case all the way to the Louisiana Supreme Court and won. The ruling in this case earned due process rights for clients in cases involving orders of protection. Today, that case is taught to family law attorneys throughout Louisiana.

Understanding The Appeals Process

After a final judgment has been rendered at the trial court level, the losing party may ask a higher court to reverse the decision of the trial court within a specified period of time. Once the lower court judgment is entered into the record, the losing party (also called the appellant) must file a notice of appeal and file briefs with the appeals court citing the legal reasons why the ruling should be overturned, and showing how those reasons relate to the facts in the case.

The other party (called the respondent, or appellee) usually files a responsive brief countering these arguments. The appellant can then counter that response with a final brief. During this time, no new evidence may be admitted, as this is strictly a legal argument. After this process, the court of appeals will make its decision based on the record of the case established by the trial court.

Learn More About Appeals

If you believe the final decision rendered in your case was done so in error, it is imperative that you contact us now to arrange for your confidential consultation with one of our experienced family law attorneys. Simply call the office at 504-323-7114, or send us an email.

Sandra Salley and Laurel Salley have each been separately recognized for inclusion in the Super Lawyers list as top attorneys in Louisiana. Our firm has also received an A+ rating from the Greater New Orleans Area Better Business Bureau.