Stressed people are generally less productive than those who are not under stress. Unfortunately, most people who hire a family law lawyer are going through a difficult time – a separation or a divorce, or support or custody issues.
As a family law client, you’ll pay hundreds of dollars an hour for legal services. But remember: maintaining a productive relationship with your family law lawyer will help keep those costs down.
That’s why I strive to make my clients feel as comfortable as possible, by listening actively and being empathetic to their circumstances.
However, a productive working relationship takes two. Clients don’t help themselves when they perceive their legal matter to be so urgent that corners must be cut. If the client can’t allow the lawyer enough time to prepare and do the work properly, the quality of the work may suffer. In the end, the client may be dissatisfied with the result.
As a lawyer in Ontario, I’m obliged to follow the Rules of Professional Conduct. When advising my clients, I must conduct myself honestly and candidly. I may have to decline retainers from clients who are clearly motivated by malice and wish to launch proceedings solely for the purpose of injuring other parties.
If you feel you’re not communicating well with your lawyer, you should tell him or her right away. Miscommunication is often the biggest factor in the breakdown of a solicitor-client relationship. Once the relationship is broken, the lawyer will likely have to withdraw his or her services. The client will then have to retain a new lawyer for representation, wasting valuable time and money.
This blog is provided for educational purposes and for your reference. It is not intended as legal advice and should not be regarded as such. The law may have changed since the publication of this article.