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Some books read by the author suggest that the client should attempt to control and dominate the attorney to achieve the most cost-effective and satisfactory results. This idea, if carried to an extreme, is not usually possible or advantageous.
Lawyers provide security, prestige and credibility to the deal. The client gains credibility by assembling a respected professional team. This is particularly true for newcomers who are dealing with established players. The lawyers can handle the “Player” while the
The above saying was emblazoned on a coffee cup on a ledge in the student lounge throughout my years in law school. Shortly after I graduated, the cup disappeared when the lounge was being remodeled. You know, I sorely
Surprise, hidden information, and secret witnesses or documents a la Perry Mason have not been allowed under the rule of legal procedure since the 1940’s. Since that time the rules of procedure have required each side to provide and
Look for Business or Other Judgment Related to your Field
All lawyers think they have superior judgment. Few actually do in all realms of practice. Lawyers often treat the legal solution as the only solution, but the two are not
Legal costs are relatively inelastic. “Inelastic” in this context is a term from economic theory. It means not responsive to changes in demand or price. For example, toothpicks are relatively inelastic. We will buy about the same number of
Most attorneys know that an intelligent client and an intelligent lawyer, by working together, can rationalize and defend just about anything. This has a great “narrowing effect” in litigation. Cases that might have seemed self-evident and one-sided when the
The Law Offices of Donald W. Hudspeth PC
Clients and colleagues know that I am prone to convert legal advice into little “speeches,” what I call “One Minute Lectures.” Here is a collection of some of
Just one fact can change a case outcome, a business and a life. When I was a law student I loved learning the law and the rationale underlying various principles of law. But when I became a lawyer and
Each of us is smart at something and not so smart at other things.
When I was younger, fresh out of graduate school, I thought I was pretty smart because I was good at learning from books. I had a