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The key to a successful case outcome is having a good attorney-client relationship. This requires the best efforts from both sides.
We ask you to help us. The better client you are, the better work we can do for you.
If you didn’t tell your doctor about your constant headaches, a possible tumor could go undiagnosed. The results could be disastrous.
The same goes with us. When it comes to your case, tell us everything.
Otherwise, you increase the risk of going to jail or not receiving maximum payment for your injuries.
IF THE COURT OR WE GIVE YOU A TASK, MAKE SURE IT'S DONE...ON TIME.
If you stand in front of a judge and have not done what you were asked to do by either the court or our firm, that doesn’t do either of us any good.
DESIGNATE ONLY ONE PERSON TO DISCUSS YOUR CASE - PREFERABLY YOU.
We realize sharing information with your family is important. Whenever it is necessary, we can schedule a group appointment. On a day-to-day basis, it’s better to discuss your case with you – and only you, unless you are jailed. In that case, we ask that you designate a family spokesperson.
Otherwise, explaining what will happen in court over the phone to several family members will only waste time and expense and can lead to confusion.
It’s vital that you understand everything about your case. If you’re not 100% positive, ask us. We’ll gladly take all the time needed until we’re all on the same page.
PAY YOUR FEES.
We understand no one can anticipate when he or she will need money for a lawyer’s services. Without timely payments, we’re unable to devote the necessary time and manpower needed for your case. In most instances, this causes us to withdraw our representation. This makes no one happy, and you will not be refunded any earned fees. At the outset of the case, let us work with you to arrange a fee structure that works best for everyone.
DON'T BREAK THE LAW.
A new arrest can be a “case killer.” Our experience has taught us that civil juries award less money to plaintiff’s wearing orange jumpsuits. Criminal clients get bail revoked and the new arrest negatively affects the older prosecution. Our family law clients risk losing child custody and visitation privileges as well. Additional legal problems could also mean more attorney fees, since there would be more work to do.
MAKE ALL COURT APPEARANCES:
Failure to appear in court can mean a dismissal of your civil case; or a bench warrant for your arrest, fines and more on your criminal case.
Make sure you show up. If you’re not sure of the date, call our office and we’ll tell you the date, time and place. If it’s an emergency, let us know immediately. With enough time, it’s possible we can help you reschedule your court date or get permission to waive your appearance.
DON'T TALK ABOUT YOUR CASE WITH ANYONE BUT YOUR LAWYER:
The reality is phones can be tapped. So-called “friends” can wear wires. Private investigators can snap pictures. Anyone could kill your case. By keeping quiet, you minimize "self-sabotaging" your case.