I've got several friends who are lawyers and all good guys or they would not be my friends. To a man they all hate LAW
and LAWYERS. One of them is to be my houseguest next month and I am really looking forward to it - the man is brilliant and the conversation is so thought-provoking with him here.
I've had to hire a lawyer on a couple of occasions but not so often that I keep one on speed dial. One practical consideration was this; they had to hear who the plaintiff/defendant were to be sure their firm had no conflict of interest before they could take my case. So if you have your heart set on one particular lawyer you may be disappointed. In fact, contractors and other entities who expect to be sued often may spread their legal work all around the community sowing
conflict of interest problems. Result is that if you need to sue one of them you may not be able to find an attorney in your home town who has not, in the past, represented them!
Gotta love 'em!!!
Other experiences I've had: Had to extensively rewrite a letter they drafted for me. I found that my command of the language was better than theirs - but I was paying them more than I earn. In another case I found
the legal precedents they needed to argue my case. Yet I paid them for the research time.
After a couple of experiences I came away liking the other guy's lawyer better than my own. You lawyers out there - is that common?
Last bit of advice: Try to think over your case objectively, try to remove all your emotions from it. Then try to think of another case you might have heard of that was similar and find out what the dispositon was. Lots of people waste good money pursuing a completely pointless case. Hell, watch Judge Judy for that!
May you never need to put this to work.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.