On the heels of “Signs of an Unreasonable Client” comes the counter, so you know how to be a reasonable client.
- Listen to your Attorney. You hired them, now listen.
- Ask if you Don’t Understand. We can sometimes fall into the trap of speaking in legalese and assume you get it you aren’t indicating otherwise.
- Pay Your Bill. That is how attorneys make money and all attorneys are not as rich as they want you to think.
- If you Have an Issue with us, Let us Know. Don’t tell someone else about your concerns and not allow the attorney a chance to address it.
- Don’t Ignore your Attorney. One of the worst things you can do is go off the grid and not communicate.
- Don’t Text Incessantly. It’s great for “running 10 minutes late” or “the date is Aug. 4,” otherwise call or email.
- Don’t Email when a Call is Better. Somethings you just have to talk about.
- Don’t Abuse the Cell Phone. Do NOT abuse the cell phone.
Matthew Thompson is a Divorce Lawyer in Mississippi and encourages all clients to be reasonable.
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“Listen to your Attorney. You hired them, now listen.”
And don’t argue with him if he tells you something you don’t want to hear. He didn’t write the law, and he didn’t create your factual scenario. If the law doesn’t work for you in this particular matter, he’s doing you a favor telling you the truth.
“Pay Your Bill. That is how attorneys make money and all attorneys are not as rich as they want you to think.”
And the lawyer is probably no more eager to work for free than you are. This is work, and its hard work. The lawyer doesn’t have a secret vat of knowledge that he stores in the Knowledge Room in the basement and spend the rest of his time just lounging around.
“Don’t Ignore your Attorney. One of the worst things you can do is go off the grid and not communicate.”
But don’t transfer all of your problems to him either. Your lawyer is a lawyer, not a counselor, Rabbi or Priest. He can help yo with your legal problems, but he’s probably not going to be able to help you with those life decisions you can’t make, or tell you what type of car to buy, or offer advice on that root canal.
“Don’t Text Incessantly. It’s great for “running 10 minutes late” or “the date is Aug. 4,” otherwise call or email.”
And take that troubling legal problem to him before 4:45 on Friday. . . . or later than 7:35 on Monday morning, unless its a true emergency. If its that thing you’ve been sort of thinking about in your case all week long, or just because you’re frustrated that the court hasn’t put your small claim matter ahead of the that month long toxic tort, you can check in at a conventional time.