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. . . so help me God

Posted by Anthony Serra | Jul 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

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Believing he had no alternative but to put his client on the witness stand, attorney Nick N. Poop, Esq. turned to his client and whispered, “Ok, Boone, you're up.”  Looking like a dog on the back of a guy riding a bike (wondering what the heck's going on!), Boone meandered his way up to the front of the courtroom and plopped himself down in the chair beside the bench where Judge Noah I. Tall resides.  The following exchange went something like this:

Judge Tall:  Sir, would you please stand and raise your right hand?

Boone:  Yes sir.

Judge Tall: Ok.  Now, do you swear that the testimony you are about to give in this matter will be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God?

Boone:  Well, I reckon I do, but I'd sure like to know how to do that.

Judge Tall:  How to do what?

Boone: You know, what you just told me I could do.

Judge Tall: I didn't tell you you could do anything.  I simply asked whether you agree to tell the truth.

Boone: I wasn't talking 'bout that part.  That part's easy.

Judge Tall: Then what part are you talking about?

Boone:  That ending part - - you know, where's you said sumtin about me being able to get God's help and all. I swears I heard you say it - so help me God. Just like that, right?  So how do I go 'bout me getting God's help like that there?  Is it like gettin a public defender?  The way my lawyer's been lookin at me, I need all the help I can get!

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Anthony Serra

Tony Serra is a passionate advocate, especially for the elderly, disabled and those of modest means who need the services of an experienced and caring attorney. For more than 30 years, Tony has been helping common, everyday folks navigate their way through life's turbulent waters. Through innovation and utilizing modern technology, Tony and his law firm are now able to offer quality legal services that at one time were prohibitively expensive, at a fraction of the cost. If you need basic legal services, such as a Will, Power of Attorney, Living Will, Special Needs Trust, real estate transactions, uncontested guardianship pleadings and much more, please visit our website and our SMART LAW legal services platform. You will be pleasantly surprised by what we offer and glad you did! Tony is also an experienced mediator and founder of the Conflict Resolution Center of NJ. Tony has specific training in family matters as well as elder law and contested guardianship and estate cases.  


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