WHAT I�VE LEARNED AS A LAWYER

Views:
 
Category: Entertainment
     
 

Presentation Description

No description available.

Comments

Presentation Transcript

WHAT I’VE LEARNED AS A LAWYER : 

WHAT I’VE LEARNED AS A LAWYER

Clients are deaf : 

Clients are deaf No matter what you tell clients…or how many times you tell them, they will not hear what you have to say, if it conflicts with what they want.

CLIENTS ARE BLIND : 

CLIENTS ARE BLIND Or maybe they just can’t read. At least twice a week, expect a client to call, either joyful or enraged because they just got your letter and interpreted it to mean something that no rational chimpanzee would take away from the simple words on the page

CLIENTS KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE SMARTER THAN LAWYERS : 

CLIENTS KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE SMARTER THAN LAWYERS Every client you will have as a lawyer has a minimum of five friends who are certain that you don’t know the law and either they, or someone they know or are related to, or sat next to them at the doctor’s office, had a much better thing occur in their case because they had a much better lawyer.

AND JUSTICE FOR ONE : 

AND JUSTICE FOR ONE People don’t really care about justice; they equate what they want with justice.

CLIENTS THINK THAT YOUR JOB IS LIKE THEIRS : 

CLIENTS THINK THAT YOUR JOB IS LIKE THEIRS Clients believe that lawyers have jobs that allow them to sit at their desks for hours on end, waiting for the client to call or show up and take as long as they would like in resolving their latest problem, or just chatting. KIND OF LIKE THE DUNKIN’ DONUTS

CLIENTS THINK YOU ARE A FRIEND : 

CLIENTS THINK YOU ARE A FRIEND Even though they may not know you aside from their case, clients will call at any old time to chat, share thoughts and feelings, and provide you with information that is intimate and uncomfortable, just like you were part of the coffee klatsch.

CLIENTS TREAT YOU LIKE THE ENEMY : 

CLIENTS TREAT YOU LIKE THE ENEMY Yes, I know it’s a contradiction. Clients will lie to you, hide things from you, consult with everyone from their physician to the newspaper boy on their legal issues, and accuse you of attempting to screw them at every turn. They will also be stunned when you express displeasure at their doing so.

CLIENTS SAY THE CRAZIEST THINGS : 

CLIENTS SAY THE CRAZIEST THINGS It is important to listen to your clients. However, you should never actually listen beyond what is necessary to the case. Otherwise, you will know where Elvis is, that the aliens can extend your life, that the government watches all of us all the time, that most people drink too much and take too many drugs (this is actually a personal observation based upon listening to clients, not what they said), and that there is a greater need for psychotherapy than we can imagine. (Again, an observation). This is why my head hurts.

authorStream Live Help