How Healthy is Your Attorney-Client Relationship?
Studies show that from doctors to massage therapists, trust in a person’s provider can have a massive impact on the overall experience and success of an endeavor. Patients who trust their doctors have a 30% higher success rate on average, compared to patients who are apathetic or distrustful of their medical care providers. It is no surprise then, that the healthiest relationship between an attorney and client will be one based in trust. So that begs the question, what exactly defines a healthy attorney-client relationship?
Feeling Seen and Supported in Your Legal Goals
Feeling seen means that you feel supported and can trust that you and your attorney are on the same page. Your attorney is an agent for you, acting, arguing, and advocating on your behalf. They are essentially an extension of you, so the more in-line you are, the more unstoppable you will be together. In assessing this, it is important to consider whether you and your attorney share the same end goal. If your end goal is to quietly settle a matter and your attorney wants the publicity of a trial, you will be working toward different aims. It is critical to have an open and honest conversation with your attorney at the outset in order to share your goals, concerns, and needs, and ensure that they are in a position to meet them.
Lawyers are busy people, and they are not therapists, but they are there to support you. If you do not feel comfortable being open and honest with your lawyer, you are doing yourself a disservice by hiring them, because they will not be able to represent you fully. Ultimately, if you do not trust your lawyer, the jury might not either.
The Right Fit and Skill Set
Just because someone is a lawyer does not mean they will be able to solve your particular problem. It is unlikely that you would go to the same lawyer for tax fraud as you would for a speeding ticket. Different lawyers have different skill sets and specialties, and it is important to make sure that the lawyer you choose has the skills and experience you need to succeed on your claim. If a lawyer does not have experience in a particular area, they are allowed to bill you for their time spent learning it. This means that you will be paying for someone to learn in real time, rather than paying less for an attorney who already has the necessary skill and experience to represent you. A lawyer is not likely to turn down an opportunity to expand their skill set on someone else’s dime, so it is often necessary to be discerning and make the best choice for yourself.
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If you are in need of a lawyer for a Florida legal matter, the SG Law Firm is here to help. Based in Miami, the SG Law Firm specializes in business, family, and personal injury law, and estate planning. If you are in need of legal support, the SG Law Firm is prepared to provide zealous and experienced legal representation. Our lawyer will help you navigate the legal process and get the best possible outcome while fostering a relationship of trust and professionalism. Reach out to schedule a consultation today.