When you encounter a legal problem are you a do-it-yourself Googler, or looking for a lawyer who is a trickster, or looking for an honest one? Lawyers get a bad rap, but there are many honest ones, and we are here to help people.
Unlike a lay person and their Google search, we are trained, and many of us have a talent for deep analysis, systematic thinking, problem solving, and logic that the lay person does not have. It is these attributes and our training that many people often do not realize are used because you can’t see them. Most of our time is not in court using our mouths. It is all the work that led up to those moments that make us good lawyers . . . or not, and that get you the justice that you deserve.
I recently got a client favorable rulings in a battle of motions where our opposing counsel is trying to sink her case. Had she continued to represent herself in this case who knows what would have happened. It’s a lot of work to rehabilitate a case for someone who was self represented and many people think that Google or their friends’ situations will tell them all they need to know. Well, you don’t know what you don’t know and there are many nuances in the law as well as the procedures and rules that law school trains us to interpret, then the bar exam is the final check to ensure we’ve mastered this unique way of thinking.
The actual practice of law by well-trained lawyers can be quite complex because now you may throw in personalities that one will encounter. There are those who intentionally don’t play fair. The lawyers with integrity, like myself, may not be the tricksters and narcissists who don’t care if they follow the rules. Unfortunately, some people like the type of lawyer who seems like he may have some tricks up his or sleeve because they are desperate to win at all costs, and they believe that this type of lawyer will win for them by any means necessary. I would argue that that’s not the type of lawyer you want because they’re at risk of being exposed. It is also easy for some of us to see through that type of lawyer and they really are not two steps ahead. But if you do hire that type of lawyer how do you know he or she is being honest with you and looking out for your best interests in all of their dealings with you? Instead, it’s the ethical and integrous lawyer who knows how to use his or her brain to win your case that you want. Getting what you deserve because you deserve it is much more satisfying because it’s the honest way and you did it without having to sell out.