I hate seeing people taking advantage of it, and after choosing the wrong lawyer, I hate seeing people suffer. Perhaps those are two of the reasons I became an attorney, so I could do something about those circumstances. For not just weeks but years, I have seen clients who had attorneys neglect their cases. I have heard reports of attorneys who would not tell the client what was going on in their cases, but when the client called to inquire what was going on, they would bill the client. Without a good understanding of the standards on both sides, I have heard complaints about lawyers who took money from clients.Learn more at Scottsdale Lawyer
I hate having to clear up a mess made by another lawyer, too. Helping a client and preventing future complications is much better than fixing harm by choosing the wrong lawyer. I have seen prenuptial arrangements and separation arrangements badly drafted. To fix and complete a botched cancellation, I had to step in. To fix and complete a failed divorce, I had to step in.
One woman’s storey of woe especially comes to mind. We name her storey “The Tale of the Nine-Year Divorce” around the office. She had hired an attorney here in Virginia to defend a divorce action and counter divorce complaint. At the time, she was living out of state and paid the solicitor an important retainer. No formal contract existed. It seemed like the prosecutor she had selected hated the opposing attorney and did little to move the case forward. In fact, the lawyer allowed the case to be dismissed for inaction from the court docket. In this basis, cases are not dismissed without advance notice to the attorney of record. The lawyer did not disclose the potential dismissal to his client. It was not until she was informed of the dismissal by the court that she learned what had happened. The client was in a car accident, which caused her to be hospitalised and undergo several operations. She trusted her counsel to look out for her interests; she did not know or understand what was going to happen and had no idea that the case had been dismissed until she got notice from the court.