Family & Juvenile
Law Section “Top 10’s”
Top 10 Reasons Not to Take THIS Client’s Case
P. Lindsay Parvis, Esquire
Dragga, Hannon, Hessler & Wills, LLP
- Client refuses to pay for your consultation or their consultation check bounces.
- You will be the client’s 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc. lawyer.
- The client’s trial is tomorrow (or next week, or 4 weeks away) or you have a conflict with the scheduled court dates (and you know your jurisdiction is not likely to continue the trial).
- The client argues with you about your advice.
- The client argues with you about the terms of your engagement agreement.
- The client argues with you about retainer and/or your hourly rate.
- The client makes demands that are not consistent with the rules of ethics/your office procedures (“Why won’t you e-mail me your attorney notes from our first meeting?”).
- The client owes their last attorney money with no resources to pay (and so how will you get paid?).
- The client’s agenda and your legal and ethical obligations and/or your moral compass do not mesh (i.e. your client wants you to bless their illegal activities; your client behaves in ways you find reprehensible and would compromise your ability to represent the client).
- The client fails to show for multiple consults before finally making it to your office.
- Your gut tells you to RUN!