Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Is your client a damn fool?

A great discussion on Solosez today about what to tell a client who wants his lawyer to file a frivolous motion. I particularly liked the following comments:

  • "I tell my clients that my job is not to tell them what they want to hear, but rather what they need to know. They hired you for your expertise and judgment. They need to rely on that now."
  • "Impress on your client that tactical decisions in the litigation of the
    case are YOURS, goals and settlement decisions are his. If you want to
    go ahead to explain the reason you are making the decision you make go
    ahead, but never let your client believe that whether to make cush
    motions are the client's call."
  • And, from the best lawyer ever ... "Half of the practice of an honest lawyer consists of telling his clients that they are damn fools and should stop." Abraham Lincoln

I don't know if Lincoln really said this, but what a great quote!

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