When should I get a second-opinion?

family lawWhen clients are going through a divorce or family law matter, it can often be a frustrating process.  A client inevitably puts their faith and hope in their attorney.  This attorney is charged with leading them through the rough waters of their case.

When the ship is sailing smoothly, all is usually well in the attorney-client relationship.  Clients are generally happy with their attorney when the case is going as planned and there are minimal surprises.

However, when some bumps are hit in the water, or the case isn’t going the way the client desires, clients can often be left wondering whether their attorney should have seen this happening or not.  All of a sudden a relationship that is solid can end up on shaky ground.

What’s the client to do in this situation?  Do they trust the attorney they’ve hired?  Or do they go out and get a second-opinion about what is happening?  Maybe their attorney isn’t doing the job they should be doing?  Maybe things would be different if a different set of eyes is on their case?  Maybe another attorney in the same firm should give the case a look?  This is the thought process of many going through a divorce or family law case.

This is a tough question to answer in any uniform matter and is based on the facts of the situation.  The hope is that a client has vetted their attorney in advance and are comfortable with whom they’ve selected based on their attributes, demeanor and experience.  The hope as well is they have an attorney who is responsive, prepared and who cares about their case.

If all of this is the case, the client is often best-suited to remain patient with their attorney.  If a ship captain engaged in drastic measures every time some bumps were hit, much more harm than good can often be done.  The same is often true as it relates to the attorney-client relationship.  Steadiness is often what leads to a positive result.

At the end of the day, every case is different.  Different judges rule differently.  And facts often arise in a new case that no attorney could have envisioned.  For this reason, no attorney can predict everything that is going to happen in a case.

Of course, some clients may still ultimately decide to seek out a second-opinion.  If a client has such great concerns that they feel a second-opinion is imperative, these are the situations where the client is probably considering whether they are working with the proper attorney for their case.

If you are going through a divorce or family law matter, Stange Law Firm, PC can help.  You can reach us at 1-855-805-0595.

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