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Your Lawyer's Toughest Job

Telling a client what they do not want to hear is probably the toughest job of a good lawyer, but also the most important. The only way a client can make good decisions is to have good information. If the client is not told that they are pushing for something that they cannot get, they will waste time and money, and may lose the chance of getting some of what they want. Taking a position that is not attainable can backfire, alienating the judge, or making it impossible to get an agreement which lets you get some of what you want. If your lawyer always tells you what you want to hear, they are probably not doing their job, unless you have a very easy case. 

I Found Out On The Internet

I cannot tell you how many times someone tells me they learned something about the law on the internet. Don't get me wrong, the internet is the greatest tool for learning ever invented. Your computer has access to more information than all of the world's libraries put together. The problem, information does not equal knowledge. Seeing parts of the law online does not mean that you know how it works and how to use it, any more than my reading online about auto repair, or medicine makes me a mechanic or a doctor. I have seen dozens of cases where someone filed papers, went into court, or made a key legal decision relying on information they had seen online that was not correct for their situation. The results were always bad, sometimes disastrous. The bottom line is: If the stakes are high, do not rely on your computer as there won't be anyone there helping you through the problems this will create. 

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