A lawyer needs to be your advisor. Even in a simple transaction or consultation, a lawyer should be sharing with you his or her viewpoint and analysis. A good lawyer is trained “to think like a lawyer,” plus have expertise in the area for which you hired him.
“Thinking like a lawyer” is not something that comes naturally to most people. The average person cannot look at both sides of a transaction or problem, for a few reasons. First, it’s very hard to be objective when it’s your own money or property at stake. Even a lawyer is a fool for his own client. Second, it takes a certain amount of “legal paranoia” to protect yourself, and most people just don’t have that.
A good lawyer is a must–he or she is trained to be objective, by looking at a situation from all angles. And that’s exactly what you need before doing a deal or litigating a case. A lawyer must uncover hidden risks and protect your interests, besides having the skills and experience in the particular transaction or litigation that’s involved.
James A. Vickman, Esq. for LawyerandClient.com, the Resource Desk of Vickman & Associates. firstname.lastname@example.org, 310-553-0567
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