Maybe the most important trait a person can have is the ability to communicate
with our fellow human beings. Whether it’s with your boss, your
doctor, your spouse or your
lawyer being able to listen and speak when appropriate is crucial to succeeding
in whatever endeavor you are engaged in.
It could be that one of the reasons you’re reading a blog on a
family law attorney’s website or magazine is that communication is not your
forte. That’s ok- we all have strengths and weaknesses that we can improve.
If you find yourself in a situation where a
divorce is around the corner one of the most important relationships you will
have over the course of the new few months of your life is with your attorney.
You may not see your attorney as a friend or even an acquaintance, but
the relationship is critical to your getting past this stage in your life
and moving on to bigger and better things.
How can you take advantage of the time and opportunities you have to communicate
ideas and issues to your
divorce lawyer? The
family law attorneys with the
Law Office of Bryan Fagan would like to offer you some tips when it comes to communicating well
with your attorney that are based on our years of experience handling
family law cases across southeast Texas.
Communication is a two-way street
A lot of clients will initially feel like their “job” is to
take in the information that the attorney provides to them. This is not
the case. Information and ideas need to flow from client to attorney and
vice versa throughout the time spent as attorney and client.
This means providing all of the information and background material that
your attorney requests of you and doing so in a timely fashion. I’ve
never gotten upset with a client because they were too quick at getting
me information that I needed. I doubt that any lawyer you come into contact
with would either.
After all, if you expect to receive advice from your attorney it should
come with the expectation that the attorney has reviewed all of the data
available to him or her and is making an evaluation based on that analysis.
Incomplete information means incomplete advice. A recipe for trouble in a highly
contested divorce matter.
The relationship with your attorney starts from Day 1
Many clients hire us after receiving a
divorce petition along with a citation notifying them that a court date for temporary orders
is pending. When you hire your attorney do not assume that you can take
it easy until the temporary orders hearing date.
It is in the preparation for this hearing that outcomes can be gained or
lost. If your attorney is requesting that you complete documents showing
him or her what your income, expenses, assets, debts, etc. are the best
advice is to take this request seriously and do not wait until the last minute.
Complete the forms get it back to your attorney’s office and then
follow up with your lawyer to see if he or she has any questions. If you
are unable to settle your case prior to a
temporary orders hearing then preparation is absolutely essential to do well at a hearing.
Understanding what it means to keep in touch
A lawyer is nothing if not a professional communicator. Whether it is communication
through written word or speech, your attorney is used to communicating
on a frequent basis with his or her clients as well as opposing counsel,
court staff and other people in the legal field.
That being said your attorney will not be able to contact you as readily
as you are able to contact him or her. If you are in business and have
clients yourself it is no different than in your field of work.
Your attorney will do his or her best to communicate with you on a regular
basis, especially about important happenings, but to expect a phone call
each day on your case may be unrealistic.
If you are the type of person that likes to have regular contact with someone
when they are working for you (which is a reasonable request, by the way)
talk to your attorney and request a time slot each week to speak to him
or her about your case. That way you know there is a guaranteed time that
you will have your lawyer’s undivided attention.
If you work an odd schedule or have commitments for your children or other
responsibilities then communication will be more of a challenge for you
than another person with less on their plate. A good idea is to talk to
your attorney about these commitments and to work with him or her on how
to avoid any problems down the line.
If you know that email works better than phone calls (or vice versa) tell
your attorney this right off the bat. From an attorney’s perspective,
it is frustrating to take time out of your day to contact a client repeatedly
with no response in the form of a reply email or return phone call. Getting
on the same page with your lawyer as far as how to best communicate sounds
basic but it can be very important.
Make sure your attorney understands your goals and expectations
Attorneys are not in a position to guarantee a particular result. There
are too many factors that are beyond our control to be able to predict
an outcome. However, lawyers should be able to guarantee that they will
be able to work diligently on your case, minimize costs where possible
and communicate readily with you as a client.
goals do you have for your case? Ask yourself this and make sure your attorney
is aware of what it is you have set out to accomplish in your case. If
you want to be the primary conservator of your son let the judge know
how important that is. If you would like to be able to travel internationally
to visit family with your child then let your attorney know. Your goals
are why your attorney walks into their office every day.
Do you have questions regarding a family law situation? Contact the Law
Office of Bryan Fagan
If you have any questions that need a response from a
family lawattorney please contact the
Law Office of Bryan Fagan. Our consultations are free of charge and our attorneys are available
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Law Office of Bryan Fagan | Kingwood Divorce Lawyer
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and families. If you have questions regarding
divorce, it's important to speak with ar
Kingwood, TX Divorce Lawyer right away to protect your rights.
divorce lawyer in Kingwood TX is skilled at listening to your goals during this trying process and developing
a strategy to meet those goals.
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