Used car salesmen, stock brokers and door-to-door salespersons have tough reputations, at least the internet says so.
Well, what about attorneys? Lawyers represent the 4th highest rank of depression for any given career. Attorneys are like used cars. Some are shiny and look great on the outside, but are held together with JB Weld and duct tape on the inside. Some look rough and haggard, but can get the job done in an economical fashion. Some are much more expensive than necessary, but it’s your choice. Some are just not equipped to get the job done. Given this, how do you know what you are getting?
- Ask. Ask your friends, family and neighbors who they used? How was their experience?
- Inspect. You interview the lawyer as much as they interview you. Can they explain the law in terms you understand?
- Listen. Are they telling you just what you want to hear?
As Forrest Gump said, “You never know what you are going to get.” But, with a little homework and due diligence you can avoid getting a lemon.
Matthew Thompson is a Divorce Litigation Attorney in Mississippi and warns you to avoid the Lemon Lawyer.