Category Archives: Attorney-Client Relations

Issues affecting your relationship with your attorney.

Why Lawyers Pressure Clients to Settle

Lawyers pressure clients to settle all the time. This is not necessarily a bad thing, nor is it necessarily wrong to do — sometimes it is, but more often than not the lawyer truly believes that the settlement he advocates … Continue reading

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Suing an Attorney for Malpractice is Harder Than You Think

Legal malpractice cases are particularly difficult and expensive to pursue. Aside from the inherent difficulty in finding an attorney who accepts legal malpractice cases, the plaintiff essentially needs to prove two cases in order to win: (1) the malpractice case … Continue reading

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Lawyer Win/Loss Records — Why You Can’t Find Them

I’ve been asked on more than one occasion where plaintiffs can look up the win/loss records of lawyers. Usually this is in conjunction with them initially hiring a lawyer or thinking of switching lawyers, the thought being that this would … Continue reading

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Can I Fire My Lawyer? Yes, But You May Still Have to Pay Him

Despite having a written contingency fee contract with your lawyer, you can fire him at any time. However, depending on your reasons for firing him, you may still owe him a fee. In most jurisdiction, though not all, if you … Continue reading

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How to Choose a Lawyer – 2 Revealing Questions To Ask

Unless you receive a referral from someone you trust, choosing a lawyer for your personal injury case can be one big crap shoot. Fancy ads or a nice office tell you more about a lawyer’s business acumen than his competence … Continue reading

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Attorney Costs — Reviewing Your Own Lawyer’s Bill

Costs are the expenses your attorney incurs which are directly attributable to your specific case. Almost all personal injury attorney fee contracts require that these costs be reimbursed from your share of the recovery, i.e., the money left over after … Continue reading

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Why Won’t Any Lawyer Take My Case?

If you’ve called several lawyers about handling your personal injury case and you haven’t found one who’s interested, it’s usually due to one of three reasons. First, your case sucks. Second, you want to sue someone who local lawyers don’t … Continue reading

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5 Ways To Be An Annoying Personal Injury Client

Most personal injury clients don’t try to annoy their lawyers. Unfortunately, some of them just have a knack for it. They are not the “clients from hell,” who lie to their lawyers, threaten frivolous bar complaints, ignore their lawyers’ advice … Continue reading

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5 Things You Need to Tell Your Lawyer

You should never withhold information from your lawyer if there is any chance that information could affect your personal injury lawsuit. It is better for your lawyer to receive potentially damaging or embarrassing information from you than from opposing counsel … Continue reading

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Lawyer Not Returning Your Phone Calls? Advice From a Lawyer.

Nothing is more frustrating for a client than when his lawyer won’t return his phone calls. Having been guilty of this offense myself on occasion, let me offer some insight into why attorneys do not return calls and advice on … Continue reading

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Why You Should Be Nice to the Paralegal on Your Case

When you hire a personal injury lawyer, he will likely assign your case to a single paralegal in his firm. She (I don’t mean to be sexist using a female pronoun, but most paralegals are women) will be responsible for … Continue reading

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