When you’re going through a divorce, you have a lot that you’re dealing with. It’s understandable that you have questions you need answered and concerns that you want to be addressed, but there is a thin line between getting the help you deserve from your Florida divorce attorney and being an overly demanding client.
Creating a healthy client-attorney relationship requires an effort from both parties involved. Sure, your attorney needs to be attentive to your needs and easy to get in contact with, but there are certain boundaries that you have to respect as a client.
Remember, you’re probably not the only client your divorce attorney is dealing with. He or she may be handling several cases right now, so you can’t reasonably expect your attorney to devote every minute of the day to talking to you and dealing with your case.
So, what can you do to make sure you’re respecting the time of your attorney and being a good client?
First, don’t show up to your attorney’s office unannounced. Your lawyer’s day is full of appointments. It’s booked full. Just dropping by without making an appointment first or at least calling and seeing if your lawyer has time to see you can be very disruptive to your lawyer’s day. Make an appointment, and show up to your appointment prepared.
Speaking of being prepared, if you have an appointment with your attorney or you’re going to call him, make sure you’re organized and know what you want to talk about. Your lawyer has a very limited amount of time to talk to you, so you need to be prepared and keep the conversation on track. You can’t call every 5 minutes whenever you think of something else that you forgot to mention earlier.
Whether you’re emailing or calling your attorney, you need to give him a reasonable amount of time to get back in touch with you. You hired a good Florida divorce attorney, right? Well, you can’t expect him to be sitting by the phone or at his computer all day waiting to talk to you. A good attorney will return your phone calls and reply to your emails in a reasonable amount of time. Don’t be too pushy and demanding of your attorney’s time.
Now, on the flipside, if you have a lawyer who never returns your phone calls, doesn’t reply to your emails, and doesn’t keep you up to date regarding the progress of your case, you have every right to get upset. Communication is a two-way street, and both parties have to participate in order to have a good client-attorney relationship.
So, if you find that your Florida divorce attorney is impossible to contact and doesn’t communicate well, it might be a warning sign that you’ve chosen the wrong legal representation. This could mean that it’s time for you to reconsider your choice and possibly start looking for a new divorce lawyer.
Communication and respect, these are the keys to a satisfactory experience with your lawyer.