At James M. Snow Law, I have been working as a lawyer for 45 years now, and I am proud of my work and my career. I believe that when someone needs legal help, they deserve to get skillful representation from a lawyer with integrity, and they shouldn’t have to thoroughly vet a law firm in order to do so. However, I do recognize that not every law firm has noble intentions, and I want to help you avoid firms that don’t have your best interests at heart. As part of that effort, I have put together this article to show you how to recognize a shady law firm.
- One-Size-Fits-All Approach- Lawyers at a good law firm will recognize that each case is different, and will take the time to learn the details of the case and adjust their approach accordingly. The lawyers at a bad law firm will take an inflexible stance and insist on applying the same methods to every situation. At my law firm, I make sure to really get to know my clients and their situations, and I tailor my approach to each individual case.
- Guaranteed Results- Another sign that you’re dealing with a shady law firm is promises or guarantees of specific results. No attorney can guarantee that you will get a particular outcome from your case, and it’s unethical to suggest otherwise. I take professional ethics seriously at my law firm, and while I can’t promise you certain results, I can promise that I will do everything I can to fight on your behalf.
- Insistence of Settlement- Lastly, if a law firm insists that you settle in court and won’t give you other options, you should find a new law firm. You have the right to take your case to trial, and a good lawyer will acknowledge that and offer it as an option, even if they believe that settling is the best choice for your situation.