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Tip #10 on being a great client: Remember there are no real winners in litigation. It is time consuming, stressful and downright expensive. Nobody really wins in the end. Try and separate your emotions from your legal issues as much as possible. You may want to really “stick it to ‘em” but if you don’t – and sometimes even if you do – you still did not “win”. The best legal advice that can be offered is to avoid litigation altogether. But then again, those that ignore that advice are the ones who keep us in business!...

Tip #8 on being a great client: Don’t show up at the office expecting to see your attorney without an appointment. Law offices are extremely busy and need to keep a schedule for appointments. Likewise, if you make an appointment you cannot keep, you should let your attorney’s office know as soon as possible.   Tip #9 on being a great client: The practice of law is a service; “a lawyer’s time and advice are his stock in trade” (Abraham Lincoln). Think about what your goals are, what you are willing to settle for at minimum and what you need to know in...

Tip #6 on being a great client: Follow the plan you and your attorney have agreed on for a course of action. Do not change direction, take unilateral action or fail to follow through without first discussing it with your counsel. Be a team player. Tip #7 on being a great client: Review your bill when it arrives and pay on time. If you need clarification about a particular charge or disagree with anything, bring it to your attorney’s attention immediately. If you are having trouble paying your bill, don’t ignore the situation. Call your lawyer’s office and discuss the circumstances;...

Tip #4 on being a great client: Deal with your attorney’s staff whenever possible. While you may be billed for a paralegal or legal assistant’s time, it will be at a lower rate than that of your lawyer. Paralegals have specialized training and, in many cases, a great deal of experience. They can often help you without getting your attorney involved. If you absolutely must speak to your lawyer, be prepared to leave a message and be called back. Tip #5 on being a great client: Maintain realistic expectations. Your attorney is not a miracle worker and cannot predict everything about...

Tip #2 on being a great client: Be organized. Do you really want to pay the hourly rate to have your attorney or his staff sort through all your papers, emails, text messages, etc.? The better organized you are, the sooner we can get busy doing the legal work we are hired to do. Tip #3 on being a great client: Be responsive. Your attorney has to meet court deadlines, as well as file timely responses to requests and inquiries from the other side. Respond to all mail, emails and phone messages you receive from your attorney’s office quickly....

At Tessmer Law Firm, we have some of the BEST clients an attorney could ever hope to have.   The attorney/client relationship is so important.  It involves open communication, honesty and a great deal of trust.   But what exactly makes a great client?  This week, we will give you ten tips on how to be a great client, beginning with:   #1: Seek legal advice early on, even before any legal document has been filed in court. Waiting until right before a court date limits an attorney’s ability to serve you well. Even if you ultimately decide to proceed on your own, consult with a lawyer beforehand...

For most individuals, the first step is to ask a trusted friend or colleague for the name of an attorney they may know or have done business with in the past. Call to schedule a consultation with that attorney. If he or she is not a Family Law attorney, chances are they know several really good ones and can refer you to them. Seek out an attorney who will work with you to plan, budget and strategize for the coming divorce. A divorce attorney’s job is not to make the other spouse’s life hell or to try and “outspend” the...

Yes, you could, but any divorce lawyer worth his salt will advise you against it. If there is abuse happening, then of course immediate action is necessary. However, clients usually feel this way for other reasons. Sometimes they just cannot stand their spouse any longer and want out of the marriage. Sometimes they have fallen in love with someone else and want an immediate divorce so they can start their new life.  Agreeing to a division of marital assets and liabilities, spousal maintenance, child support, visitation, etc. just to “get it over with” can have devastating financial effects in a...

Simply put, a business valuation is the process of determining how much a business is worth. This is necessary in the event of a divorce – high net worth or otherwise – because if the business is community property, it must be sold and divided equitably or one spouse must buy out the other’s share. A buy-out can be done with cash or the exchange of an equitable amount of marital property, but without a proper valuation of the business, one spouse stands to lose. A business valuation will generally take into account things like revenue and expenses, the value...

A high asset divorce can be among the most complex family law matters, so it is important that knowledgeable and qualified experts are consulted to protect your assets, interests and rights. Forensic accountants, professional appraisers, financial and wealth managers, tax consultants, pension valuation experts and business evaluators are just some of the qualified professionals that your attorney could bring in to help with your case....