Choose someone who is “dedicated” to the given area of law where you need an attorney.
Always search for an attorney that is dedicated to or devoted to the particular area of law where you need an attorney.
Would you seek the medical attention of an oncologist when you really need a psychologist? At some point, you may need both, but each is responsible for a different role in securing your mental and physical well-being. The same is true for attorneys. A divorce attorney should not represent you in an attempted murder case.
Far too many of my colleagues are spread thin when they hold themselves out to be “specialists” in a variety of areas. Isn’t it difficult to believe that an attorney could successfully represent clients in a dozen areas of law?
Ask yourself, how can an attorney devote their time to defending a client facing a fifteen-year prison term while he simultaneously prepares a comprehensive property settlement agreement to be made part of a client’s divorce decree?
As attorneys, we all had to take the requisite basic courses in law school. The basic courses were contracts, criminal law/procedure, torts (negligence) and constitutional law. Of course, I am familiar with all of these areas of law. And although I really enjoyed learning Constitutional law, I would never hold myself out to the public as a First Amendment, Freedom of Speech expert.
Now, you may ask, “why would you give up the opportunity to make more money by not practicing every area of law?
The first reason that I would give up the opportunity to make more money and not take on a personal injury case is that I would be committing a disservice to my client. I cannot possibly get my client the best possible results (maximum monetary recovery) if I’m not devoted to personal injury law. When anyone asks me to take on their injury case, I politely decline and then proceed to recommend a colleague whom I respect and who is solely devoted to injury law.
The second reason that I would not take on a personal injury matter is that it is not a passion for me. I don’t want to spend countless hours of my life taking depositions, exchanging thousands of documents, responding to and serving interrogatories and so on and so on. The practice of law, like any practice, is personality driven
Those who love what they do,
About the Author
Mr. Peyrouton is a Criminal Defense Attorney in Bergen County, NJ.