Attorney Client Relationship 1: Finding the Right Lawyer

Two years ago, I tore my labrum and rotator cuff during a basketball game. I know this sounds macho but the embarrassing fact is that I tripped while refereeing a game of 8 year olds.  Fortunately I was able to finish the game and only made two awful calls according to my son.

The next day when I could not lift my toothbrush, I did what I normally do in these situations — I ignored the problem because I hate having to sit in doctor waiting rooms for hours. Finally, three months later with the pain not subsiding, I met up with a smart friend who happens to be a brain surgeon.  Despite having brain surgeon smarts, my friend knew that she was not the right person for the job.  She told me what my mother had been telling me every twice a day for three months — go to a shoulder doctor.

Unlike my shoulder situation, it’s not always so easy to identify your medical need.  If you feel a general malaise, you are often best off going to a good Internist, who in turn can diagnose your precise problem and direct you to a doctor with the expertise you need.

Similarly, in the law, if you are not clear cut on what you need, a lawyer with extensive experience with a broad range of legal matters may be best suited to diagnose your legal need and give you the advice and strategy you need, or direct you to the right lawyer.

Have you had a situation where you were no clear on the type of lawyer you needed?

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