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The single biggest mistake people make is not listening to their attorney, but closely behind that is not asking questions and not taking notes, which causes them to forget and forces the attorney to spend a lot of time explaining the same things over and over again, and not spending as much time on other important aspects of your case. Another big mistake people make is when the attorney asks them to do something for them and they either don’t do it or take weeks or months to get them something they really needed.
Does an Attorney Wants to Talk and Get to Know The Client’s Concerns?
This issue isn’t about the attorney not wanting to talk, but rather, having the time to talk. Attorneys have other clients and cases to work on; they have deadlines, court appearances and other demands on their time.
That’s why a 30-minute consultation is so valuable and reasonable. At a certain point, it becomes a compromise; the attorney gives up their valuable time and takes some time away from paying clients, deadlines and things that need to be done to help you and they’re doing it for free. If you want more time, it’s reasonable to ask that you pay for a longer consult or to retain them and have the rest of your questions answered after that.
Things To Keep In Mind When Meeting With An Attorney Recommended By Friends or Family
Hopefully that family friend or family attorney has experience handing the area of law pertaining to your case. For example, it’s not a good idea to hire a family attorney to handle criminal matter because the experience isn’t there. If you’ll be paying the family friend the same amount, or even a little less, it makes more sense to pay someone who is not a family friend, but who has experience in the type of criminal law you need.
Whoever you hire, make sure they know the area of law you need because, after all, it’s your life and your freedom that is at stake. Getting the wrong information about an issue from an attorney who doesn’t know what he or she is talking about is also very stressful. I remember once case in which someone hired a family attorney to handle a criminal case, and that attorney made him think a grand jury and pending charges and warrants were all secret, which is not true.
He panicked, came to me, and it took me a long time to show him that he didn’t have a case against him. There weren’t any pending charges and he was all panicked and it took me forever to show him that he didn’t have a case. I checked everything; the warrant database; the Superior Court and Scottsdale courts; everywhere. The grand jury was summoned months earlier and there weren’t any pending charges, but the previous attorney freaked him out. That family lawyer didn’t help.
Is It Always Better To Retain An Aggressive Attorney?
It’s necessary to be aggressive, but only at the appropriate times. Initially, they shouldn’t be aggressive because it won’t make the prosecutor want to work with them. Attorneys have to work with people in a working environment; how much do you like working with someone who is always aggressive? Probably not much. It’s necessary to be aggressive at certain points, when it is necessary to get the best result, but if they’re so aggressive they turn the judge and jury off or harass a witness too much, that doesn’t help.
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