Many people need to work with attorneys to accomplish a goal that they have. It might be writing a demand letter, filing for divorce, or suing someone for something that they did wrong against you. Attorneys are bright and educated men and women who can help you find a resolution, but that doesn't mean that working with attorneys is always as you expect. Here are some things you need to know about working with a lawyer.
1. Emotion Doesn't Matter—Only The Facts Do
When you first meet with an attorney, you might want to share personal information with them about your situation. If you are getting divorced, you might feel the need to justify your actions, talk about past pain with your spouse, and so forth. Most likely, the lawyer is going to advise you to only tell them the facts. Although the pain that you feel about the situation is very real, it is not important when it comes to the law. The law is unfeeling and cares only about what it can prove. Thus, even though your lawyer may feel bad about your situation and sympathize with your pain, they cannot do anything for that pain; they can only deal with the facts. Thus, if you need to vent, talk to a friend or a therapist, and save the facts for your attorney.
2. An Attorney Cannot Guarantee An Outcome
One of the biggest frustrations for an attorney is the fact that although they do their best, they cannot guarantee an outcome for any case. They might even feel like you should have won, but once you take something to court, it is out of their hands. They present the information in the best way possible, and then it is up to the judge or the jury to decide what happens.
Even in mediation, it is up to you and the other side to find a solution. Your attorney will simply help to put you in a better position to negotiate. Thus, when you meet with the attorney, they cannot guarantee an outcome, and they still will require payment, even if you don't like the outcome. This is unless the case was taken on by contingency, like in a person injury lawsuit. But in a divorce, estate plan, business transaction and so forth, you will be required to pay for their time, even if it doesn't go in your favor.
By understanding these things you can be more prepared to work with an attorney. For more information, contact a law firm like Campbell, Dille, Barnett & Smith, P.L.L.C.