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A Young Lawyer's Perspective

My office is not a fight club hotspot

I have worked in a law office for over three years.  During this time, I’ve learned a few lessons that anyone using a professional service should hold dear.

In order to achieve the most from a professional such as a lawyer, doctor, accountant or dentist, there are three fundamental rules to remember:

1. Be realistic about your expectations.  A lawyer cannot change the law to create a desirable outcome, especially in criminal cases.  Remember: a successful case is not fairly measured by your happiness with the outcome. We are not legislators. Rather, a fairer litmus is the strength of the evidence, the laws, and what happens in similar cases.

2. Always be polite while in a professional’s office.  It is understandable to get caught-up in your case.  Dealing with the government can be scary, confusing and intimidating.  Don’t take out your frustration on the people around you, especially those there to help! If you have a fee dispute, voice your concerns calmly – you will get a lot further than becoming agitated and aggressive.  As you can see, my office is a serene atmosphere – I prefer to keep it that way.

3.  Envision yourself in the position of the lawyer or doctor.  Their job may not be physically exhausting, but it most certainly is mentally tiresome.  Moreover, these professionals are bound by strict ethical codes.  As professionally licensed individuals that spend thousands of dollars on education, the last thing they want to do is commit an ethical violation that could jeopardize what they’ve worked towards.  Chances are, they will try their very best to treat you fairly and honestly.

If you keep these tips in mind, I firmly believe your experience with a professional will be precisely that: professional.

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July 13, 2010 - Posted by | Your legal rights

3 Comments »

  1. thank you for sharing your valuable foundings with us. you’re right. my experience as a teacher reveals your points as facts. good luck young Ms. lawyer 🙂

    Comment by Sam | July 13, 2010 | Reply

  2. I write to suggest that lawyers and their staff learn to appreciate criminal defense clients, because they are often the clients who provide large cash retainers while other clients are represented on contingency.

    Five years ago, I was a criminal defendant who hired a lawyer who did a mix of criminal defense and PI. His partners did SSDI and tax settlement work.

    I came to the office for a second meeting with stitches in my face, and a $5000 cashier’s check.

    In my experience, the certainty of clients who prepay an hourly fee allows a law firm to represent other areas which are contingency fee based.

    Comment by Pat McGarry@yahoo.com | July 14, 2010 | Reply

  3. I think you’ve laid out some very good principles. And to agree with the above comment, teaching convinced me that most people really don’t know how to interact on a professional level anymore. Unfortunately, it also showed me that those who most need the advice don’t tend to listen to it — but still, it’s always worth trying!

    Comment by WorstProfEver | July 16, 2010 | Reply


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