Parker County Today September 2017 - Page 17

Ten Things You Should Expect from Your Lawyer James D. Eggleston, Jr., Eggleston King, LLP Many people are often unaware of what they can and should expect from a lawyer. They believe the lawyer “drives the boat” and they often feel they are just along for the ride. Nothing could be further from the truth. Rather, there are some very specific things you can and should expect from a lawyer – at least a good one. 1. You have the right to expect your lawyer to zealously pursue your interests within the bounds of the law. Thus, your lawyer should be competent, prompt and diligent in that pursuit. Your lawyer should maintain good communications with you and keep in strict confidence information about you and your matter. Your lawyer should press your matter to a conclusion so as not to waste your time, the courts’ time, and, most impor- tantly, your money. However, your lawyer should also not take shortcuts simply to get a settlement or a fee. 2. You have the right to expect your lawyer to conform to the requirements of the law, both in your lawyer’s professional service to you, but also in his or her own business and personal affairs. He or she should conduct themselves knowing that they represent you and your reputation as well as his or her own. Your lawyer is representing your interests, not just his or her own; he or she should never embarrass you. Your lawyer should use the law’s procedures only for legitimate purposes and not to harass or intimidate others. Your lawyer should demonstrate respect for the legal system and those who serve it, including judges, other lawyers, and public officials. Above all, your lawyer should respect you, your time, your perspective, and your input. 3. You have the right to expect your lawyer to be competent and able to provide you with an informed understanding of your legal rights and obligations and explain the related implications. In fact, a lawyer is forbidden from taking on a matter they know or should know is beyond their competence (unless they get assistance from another competent lawyer). You have the right to ask a lawyer, “is this something you are competent to handle?” 6. You have the right to expect your lawyer to not take on a matter, including your matter, if doing so would create a conflict of interest with an existing client. Conversely, if you are already a client of a lawyer, he or she should not accept any work that would conflict with your interests, even if the possi- bility is remote or unlikely. If a lawyer’s representation or behavior even creates the appearance of impropriety, he or she should step away from what they are contemplat- ing doing, seek the advice of other lawyers about the matter, and oftentimes, the best course of action will be to withdraw from the representation or situation that has creat- ed such an appearance. 7. You have the right to expect your lawyer to not neglect a matter that you entrust to them to handle. They should carry out completely their obligations to you. You have the right to require your lawyer be attentive to your matters and not neglect their responsibilities to you, including keep- ing you informed. Many lawyers forget that the legal matter you have asked them to handle is the most important thing going on in your world at that time. 8. You have the right to expect your lawyer to abide by your de ͥ́ɹѡ)ѥٕ́Ʌѡ́ɕɕ͕)хѥݡѡȁѼЁ͕ѱЁ(ݥѠ܁ፕѥ̤ݡѡȁѼ)ɥ͔ݡЁɥ)Սɔѕȁ٥͕ѡȤ)͡ձՕͥ́Ʌͅ)ѥչѥ́ɥѥe)͡ձЁѼЁɵЁѡ)х́ȁѕ́ɹ͡ݥѠ)ɵѥѡЁԁɕͽɕՕи)=ѡԁɵ)̸ͥ($eԁٔѡɥЁѼЁȁ)Ѽɝԁqɕͽtѡ)͍ձ́ȁQ́́ͅѡ)́ѡЁ́Ѓqչ͍t])́ѡ́̃qչ͍t)ѕЁȁձЁɕͽ)ՑѡЁ́ɕͽ͕)ɕمЁѽ̀ͽչ́ɍձ)ѥͻeЁ аѡѽ́Ѽ)ͥȁɔѕѡձ́)ݕȁѡՕѥݡЁ́qɕͽ)t)Qѽ́ɔ́ѡѥ)ȁɕեɕȁȰѡ)ձ䁽ȁՕ̰ѡͭɕեɕѼ)ȁѕȁɽɱ䰁ѽ䁙)ɝѡɽչȁͥ)ѕ̰ѡɕձ́хȁȰ)ݡѡȁȁȁЁɸݸѡ)ݽɬѼȁѕȰѡѥф)ѥ͕́ԁȁѡɍյх̰)ѡѠѥԁٔݽɭݥѠ)ѡȰѡɥɕхѥ)䁽ȁȰݡѡȁѡ)́ᕐȁѥЁɕձ́х)ѡչх䁽ѥɔ͕٥)ɔɕɕ)Qɕѕȁѡɥͬ䰁չх)ѥٽٕѡɕѕȁѡݥ) ٕ͕䰁ȁȁ͡ձ)ЁѼٕѡɕձЁх)́Ёѡɕ͔ɕձЁԁͽ՝쁅)͔ɕձٕ́ȁ)ՅɅѕeԁɔɥȁȁ)ȁȁѥѥ͔Ё͔)́͡ȁɕѕѡɔ)́Ʌѡٔф)ѥ̸ѕȁѡ䁉ٔЁ́)ɥ٥ѼȸQ䁉ٔ)ѡ䁡ٔѼхɹ́ѡ)ՑѕѼ锁ѡɑ)́ѥѥѼɕ͕Ёɥѽɤ)́́ѕѥ̰ѼݥѠ)ȁɔɥչ̰Ѽѡհ)ɕљհչѥ́)٥ȸ%ԁɽ́ȁݡ)ɕͥ́ѡٔхѥ́ȁ́)ɔѼѡȁ́ѡɅѥ)܁ѡɕɕ͕хѥѡȁ̰)ѡѡɔ́ͽѥ聱ȁѡ)ȸ(5Սѡٔ́ɅɅ͕ɽѡQ)͍Iձ́Aɽͥ Սи($eԁٔѡɥЁѼЁȁ)ѼݕȁȁՕѥ́Ё́ȁ)ٽ̰ѡЁՍٽ́ɔչх)ѡЁѡ䁍х͕հ͍ɥѥ)ѡݽɬȁ́͡ѡЁѡ)ٽ́ɔɅєѡЁչ)ԁٔȁՑɕх)ٕѼȁȁɔɽɱ䁅%)ԁٔٽ́ɕаԁٔ)ѡɥЁѼɕٔՅєѥ)5Ё́ݕՕѥ́)ѡȁٽ́ͼ́ѼɕٕЁѕ)ȁ́ѥeԁ͡ձͼ)ЁѡЁȁȁݥɕեɔɕх)ȁɔхȁѕȁ͔ѡ䁑)Ё݅ЁѼхѡɥͬ嵕и+qȁݽ䁅Ёȁѕ)ȁȁ͡ݽ䁅Ёѥ)Ёԁ͡ձٕȁЁѡͥѥ)ݽ她ЁѠt(и$eԁٔѡɥЁѼЁȁ)ѼЁȁ́Ս)ȁɔ!ȁ͡͡ձЁՅɅѕ)ɕձѡЁ́ͥQ)ѽ́Ёɽ́ȁͥՅѥ̰)ЁѡЁݡ́ѡ٥ȁѡ)ͥѥ́ѡȁչ͕ѡ)ЁՑéձ̰ٕɑ̸)%ȁٕ́ɽѥѥЁ)́Ս́ѕȰ́ɔ)ѡ䁡ٕeЁѽ䁍ѕѕ)ѕ̸qȁݡٕ́ȁЁ)͔́ȁݡٕ́ȁɥ͔t(Ը$eԁٔѡɥЁѼЁ)ȁѼхѡЁхɑ́)ѡՍи ٕ͕䰁ԁ͡ձ)ٕȁͬȁȁѼѡѡ)ݽձ٥єѡձ́ɽ̴)ͥՍЁѡЁȁ́͡ݽɸѼ)ܸQɔɔͽ́ݡ)݅́ٔ́ѡ䁭܁ѡɕ)ݕq镅́ٽtqձ她t+LѡЁ٥ȁ́ˊéѥ)ѡ͕٥ȁ́ѡܸ(