Why Retaining a Civil Litigation Attorney Can Be Challenging
Have you ever wondered why it’s so difficult to retain a civil litigation attorney? You might assume that paying their hourly rate would be sufficient motivation, as they would be making money on your case. However, it’s not always about the money. Being a practicing licensed attorney encompasses a wide range of tasks, and litigating cases in court is often the least desirable option.
Recently, we came across an advertisement on Instagram by a company called Case Fuel. This unfamiliar company was promoting a software program that aimed to help attorneys escape the courtroom and avoid working on heartbreaking cases. Clearly, this advertisement struck a chord. It revealed a pain point that many attorneys face – a significant number of them prefer to steer clear of the courtroom. And that doesn’t make them bad people; it’s simply a matter of personal preference. Just like anyone else, attorneys want to choose work that benefits their clients, has minimal impact on them as professionals or business owners, and generates the most revenue. Unfortunately, litigating in court is often viewed as the worst of all options.
So why is going to court so undesirable for attorneys? Let’s explore some of the reasons. When an attorney works on tasks like probate cases, corporate formations, or settlement negotiations, they can do so from the comfort of their office, surrounded by all the necessary resources. They have access to their paralegals, support staff, and computers. However, going to court means leaving the office and entering a high-pressure environment. Not only are they without their support staff, but they are also thrust into the midst of a serious conflict between two parties. By the time a case reaches the courtroom, all attempts at settlement or mitigation have failed. Mediation and negotiation have proven futile, and the parties are now willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars to fight it out in court. This decision is often fueled by spite rather than logic, as they feel compelled to exact their pound of flesh, even at a higher cost.
Attorneys are human beings too, and they are no more eager than anyone else to deal with the toxic and challenging aspects of humanity that often emerge in court. While they may support and advocate for their clients, there will inevitably be aspects of a case they don’t agree with. They must advocate for positions they may personally disagree with, and this emotional toll can be significant. Among all the tasks an attorney can work on, going to court and litigating against another attorney is the least desirable.
Fortunately, there are numerous alternatives to court litigation that clients can explore. Mediation, settlement negotiations, and even arbitration based on contractual agreements are viable options. If you’re struggling to find an attorney willing to litigate your case, there might be good reasons behind their reluctance. Other options may be more advantageous, and your attorney, who deals with court cases regularly, has the expertise to guide you. It’s essential to consider the actual court records in your county or surrounding areas to identify attorneys who consistently appear in court for litigation. These attorneys are likely to be more comfortable and experienced with the process. Additionally, don’t hesitate to ask your attorney about their preferences for going to court versus resolving disputes out of court. The majority will tell you that stepping foot in the courtroom means surrendering control over your destiny. Your case will be at the mercy of the judge, jury, and the surprises that can arise during proceedings. On the other hand, negotiation, mediation, and settlement allow you to maintain control over your case’s outcome.
If you’re determined to pursue litigation, it’s crucial to listen to the advice of professionals who deal with these matters daily. As licensed private investigators, we encounter countless cases that end up in court. While litigation may generate billable hours for our firm in terms of asset research, background services, and evidentiary documentation, it is often not the best use of our clients’ funds. Working towards a settlement is frequently a wiser choice. We understand that everyone wants to avoid settling in order to prove their point or have their day in court, but it’s important to consider that pride can come at an exorbitant cost. We want to ensure that our clients achieve the results they desire, but we also acknowledge the downsides of throwing oneself into the ring of court litigation. Mediation, negotiation, and taking the advice of your attorney can lead to more favorable outcomes.
In summary, it’s understandable if you’re facing resistance from an attorney regarding court litigation or having difficulty finding a litigator for your case. The outcomes of court battles often don’t fare better for clients than negotiated settlements. Attorneys have a challenging task of conveying this reality to their clients, and unfortunately, they sometimes bear the brunt of resentment when parties feel let down. Remember that attorneys are human too, and their foresight is based on extensive experience in the legal industry. Consider mediation, negotiation, and seeking a second opinion if needed. Most reputable attorneys will welcome a second opinion, especially if it aligns with their advice for settlement. Ultimately, it’s crucial to understand the complexities and potential pitfalls of court litigation before making a decision.
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