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This is our blog and where the Ruston Attorneys at Goff and Goff Attorneys post consumer news and information concerning consumer safety, divorce law, injury law, family law, wills and estate law, succession law, dangerous products and recalls, news and information relative to criminal defense, federal criminal defense, criminal appeals, estate planning, elder law, auto accident law, car wreck law, and other information that is germane to the friends and clients of the Ruston attorneys at Goff and Goff.  

We will also post information and articles here that are too lengthy to post in facebook or on twitter.

Protecting your Children through the Custody and Divorce Process

We know how frustrating and scary it can be.  You want to protect your children from the ugly aspects of your divorce and child custody case, but your spouse is hell bent on putting them in the middle, making them chose sides, or worse, turning them against you.

You fear asserting your parental rights and the rights of your children to the guidance and maximum contact with both parents will ratchet up the tension, bitterness and venom from the other parent.  Taking the high road while insisting on the right thing for the children can be a difficult task.  You need help.  You need guidance.  You need a divorce attorney who understands the ins and outs of this battle.

The knowledge and support gained by hiring an experienced child custody attorney can take the fear out of the process, help you deflect the bitterness and manipulation of the other side, and help you stay on that high road for the sake of your children.  A child custody attorney will clarify the law as it relates to your situation, what your true rights are and how the courts will likely apply the law to your circumstances.  A child custody lawyer can help you plan your response to the bitterness and manipulation, guide you through the child custody process, and increase your chances of a favorable outcome for the children. 

If you need help with a child custody matter, please call us at 318-255-1760.  We are here to help.  Put Ruston child custody Attorney Shelley Goff’s 25 years of experience negotiating and litigating child custody cases to work for you.

 To learn more about child custody and how a child custody lawyer can help in your case, read “Child Custody 101,” found here


Ruston Family Law Attorney Published in Nationally Circulated Magazine

Recently Ruston family law attorney Shelley Goff was asked to write an article for the The Warrior, national legal journal. The article is entitled “Irreconcilable Differences:  The Use of TLC Methods in Domestic Relations Cases.”   Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College teaches lawyers methods for presenting the truth to judges and juries and is usually thought to apply to personal injury and criminal defense cases.  In her article, Shelley, a 2004 graduate of the prestigious college, outlines how she uses these methods in representing parties to divorce, child custody, support, and other family law cases.  The article appears in the magazine’s Winter 2013 issue.  

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Ruston child custody and visitation lawyer Shelley Goff - state registered Mediator.

Recently Shelley Goff has become a registered mediator for child custody and visitation cases.  A mediator is a neutral third party that helps couples going through a divorce try to work out issues without the expense of going to court. In doing so, she does not render legal advise.  The parties to the mediation may, but are not required to have legal representation at the mediation while they try to work out their differences in hopes of limiting or eliminating the issues that they raise in court.  Often mediations are an efficient and economical method of handling family law issues.  Under some circumstances, courts require parties to attempt to resolve their disputes through mediation before litigating the issues in court. 


North Louisiana criminal defense lawyer Shelley Goff invited to join National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Recently criminal law attorney Shelley Goff was selected to join the National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers.  According the the unsolicited invitation letter, the organization evaluated Ms. Goff’s qualifications and determined that she exemplified the superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership in her area.  




Ruston attorneys at Goff and Goff volunteer in the Junior Judge’s Program.

Recently Shelley and Add Goff, together with 4 other members of the Lincoln Parish Bar Association volunteered at Ruston Elementary School teaching through the Junior Judge’s program.  During the program, the attorney watched videos with the children  and discussed the tough situations presented in those videos.  Together with the children they would come up with the appropriate choices and responses would be if the child were facing a similar  situation. The situations included cheating, destroying property, bullying, teasing, stealing, drugs, alcohol, gangs, and weapons.  

Ruston Criminal Defense Attorney Receives Blackstone Recognition from LACDL for winning Federal Criminal Jury Trial

The Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (LACDL) recently recognized criminal defense attorney Shelley Goff with the association’s prestigious Blackstone Order 10:1:







Ruston Attorney A. Kennon Goff, III again named in Best Lawyers in America

We recently received the following letter informing Goff and Goff attorneys that senior partner Kennon Goff has again been named as one of the best attorneys in the United States:

"Congratulations on having been selected by your peers for inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs. Indeed, special congratulations are in order as you are one of a distinguished group of attorneys who have now been listed in Best Lawyers® for twenty-five years or longer. For nearly three decades, Best Lawyers has been regarded – by both the profession and the public – as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. 

Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey (comprising more than 3.9 million confidential evaluations by your fellow top attorneys) and because no fee or purchase is required to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is rightly considered a singular honor. Our annual, advertisement-free publication has been described by The American Lawyer as “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” 

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Again, congratulations on being selected by your peers to be included in Best Lawyers"


Goff and Goff listed in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Law Firms"

We have recently been informed that our firm Goff and Goff Attorneys has been named as a first-tier ranking law firm for the Shreveport, Louisiana metropolitan area in the field of Personal Injury Litigation:  

"We are delighted to inform you that the 2011-2012 U.S. News - Best Lawyers 'Best Law Firms' rankings are complete and that Goff and Goff has earned impressive placement...The rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that included thousands of clients, highly skilled lawyers and law firm representatives. An unprecedented amount of data was collected, emphazing...the significance of your firm's presence in this unparalleled guide to law firm expertise.... We congratulate Goff and Goff on this success."

The publication is due to be released in November, 2011.


Helpful tip for hunters from LDWF

From a Facebook post by the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries


This tip is for all you hunters out there: We advise anyone using corn to feed deer and turkeys that care should be taken to avoid tainted corn, especially corn with high aflatoxin levels. The best way to avoid tainted corn is to purchase packaged corn that has been tested and labeled aflatoxin free. Consumption of aflatoxin by animals may cause liver disease, unthriftiness, abortion, poor reproduction, poor immune function and death.


New Louisiana Law from the 2011 Regular Session

New Louisiana Law from the 2011 Regular Session

Here are a few highlights of legislation that the Louisiana legislature passed that affect criminal law, family law, public safety, and the environment:


ACT 26:  bans sex offenders from accessing social networking websites when the victim was a minor or the offense was video voyeurism.  

ACT 420: bans the manufacture, possession, or us of synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

ACT 336:  extends the boundary of the State of Louisiana and claims for the state all lands and resources underlying the Gulf of Mexico within the boundary.

ACTS 402 and 376:  These acts require all employers to verify the legal status of employees through the federal E-verify system or with a picture ID and additional documentation in order to avoid civil penalties or to bid on public contract work.

ACT 60: requires students to maintain a "C" average to participate in interscholastic athletics.

ACT 193:  requires the Dept. of Public Safety and Corrections to deny or cancel the school bus endorsement of anyone convicted of DUI until completion of a substance abuse program.

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