Jim understands that one of biggest challenges facing people who are in the midst of a family crisis is finding a good lawyer that they can trust. Like everything else today, people often turn to the internet to see what they can find out. Unfortunately, what makes a lawyer look good on a web page may not be an honest reflection of that lawyer’s legal skills or commitment to understanding the needs of each client. At this stage of his career, the vast majority of Jim’s clients are referrals from former clients or other lawyers and counselors in the community who know of his outstanding reputation.
So, for those of you looking for a family law attorney, Jim offers this advice on what it takes to be one of the best:
- You must start with compassion and empathy to truly understand that “but for the grace of God go I” applies to every client.
- You must have an understanding of basic human behavior in times of emotional, mental, and sometimes even physical trauma that lets you further grasp the nature of your client’s real issues.
- Of course, you must also possess an acute knowledge of the law and the court system to explain to your client how the legal process works and what you will do to help them through the process to achieve a fair and reasonable result under the circumstances.
- If necessary, you need to tenaciously represent your clients to let the world know you will protect them and that you will do everything to make things right for them.
- You also need the ability to help your client see the forest and not just the trees.
Finally, it is critically important to make your client understand that, while you cannot change past history or behavior and you cannot control what will happen in the future or guarantee any outcome, you truly care about them not just as clients but as human beings who deserve the opportunity to look forward to the next phase of their life and whatever it may hold.