"It's not important
which talents we
have.  What is
important is how we
use the ones we have
to help others."
Overview of How to Change a Law
Copyright 2017, Barbara Bentley.  All rights reserved. No contents can be used without permission from the author.
during the process to change a law.

REFER TO BENTLEY'S BOOKS:  "A Dance with the Devil: A True Story of Marriage to a Psychopath."spends several
chapters taking you through how Barbara changed the divorce law in California. "The Little Book of Success" illustrates how
she changed the law in relation to the four P's.

QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE YOU START: You must be emotionally ready to invest the time and energy, and
sometimes finances, to make it through the system. Have your recovered enough to be able to focus on the task? Are you
strong enough to begin to help others or are you still working through your issues? Can you afford to spend money to ravel
mail letters, or whatever else may be required.

WHAT LAW TO YOU WANT TO CHANGE? You must be specific. Will you modify existing law or create a new
section? Determine as best you can how many and whom will be helped by the law. Gather supporters who will back your

AGENCIES THAT MAY BE OF HELP: Check out the Legal Issues resource page for agencies that may be of help in your
state.  Contact agencies or their founders to see if there is something already being done where you can help. Check out the

Family Court
resource page for agencies that deal with legal issues. These may be of help directing you in your state. It will
take time to research this aspect. Contact your state and national representatives to see if there is any pending legislation
which you can help support. Ask them for informationon how to change the law in your state if there is no pending legislation
that covers the changes you want to make.

THE LAW WILL PROBABLY NOT BE RETROACTIVE to help you in your circumstance. Are you prepared to fight for
future victims?

WHO WILL CARRY THE BILL?  Each state is different so it’s not possible to be specific about the process.  But overall
you must have a senator or representative carry the bill for you. Write a compelling letter asking for their help, stating what
law you want to change and why. Mail the letter to as many of your appropriate local, state and national representatives as
necessary. Do not give up. It took Barbara 18 months to find someone to carry her bill.

WHO WILL SPONSOR THE BILL? It is normal for a group to sponsor a bill but it can be done by only one person, like
Barbara Bentley did.

LOBBYING: Learn about what it takes to lobby for a bill. In Barbara's experience, she left this to the last minute and it
created some interesting but stressful moments.

WHO WILL TESTIFY FOR YOU? Find other victims or agencies  who will be willing to help you fight for the bill and
who will testify.

CONTACT MEDIA and get their interest in following you efforts. This includes radio, television, newspapers, and on-line
news sites.
Barbara Bentley
Motivational Author and Speaker        
Featured on DATELINE NBC
Recipient of Foundation for
Improvement of Justice Awar
Survivor of
a Psychopath
These books
illustrate how
changed the law