Everyone wants an aggressive attorney; I’ve heard plenty of horror stories from clients and potential clients about ex-attorneys that didn’t say a word in court, lawyers that got pushed around by opposing counsel. Obviously attorneys like this might not give you the best representation, but there is another side of the spectrum as well – overly aggressive attorneys. Attorneys that tell a client anything they want to hear to get them to sign on the dotted line. Attorneys that take a belligerent stance on any issue, no matter the facts. Attorneys that “fight for you tooth and nail” and refuse to concede any point, ever. These types of attorney can often be more detrimental to your case (and your pocketbook) than the oft feared passive attorney.
Overly aggressive attorneys are typically trying to serve themselves instead of their clients. The more belligerent they are, the more they refuse to settle issues outside of the courtroom, and the more money they’re going to cost you. MANY divorce issues are already pre-decided by statute or case law. Nevertheless I have seen attorneys fight those simple issues with such gusto that one would think it was an issue that had never been addressed before. They’ll file pleadings that need to be responded to, and schedule and attend hearings on the issue only to have the judge rule the way that statute or case law directs. Unfortunately, not only do these attorneys cost their clients unnecessary fees, they cost the opposing client extra fees as well since the opposition has no choice but to respond to the pleadings and attend the hearing.
Jared B. Pearson is an experienced attorney that has been litigating in Utah for over 9 years. Jared specializes in family law, bankruptcy, and criminal defense.
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