I got fired by a client recently because I told that person what she needed to hear rather than what she wanted to hear. Because she had more money than her husband I had to break the news to her that her expectations in her case were not realistic. She did not like what I had to say, so she fired me.
Am I upset? No way. First and foremost, a client can fire her lawyer at any time, and for no reason. The client exercised that prerogative as she is entitled to. Second, I did my job! A good family law lawyer does not tell a client what she wants to hear, just so he can fail to deliver. A good family lawyer lawyer tells the client what she needs to hear so that the client can have realistic expectations, and plan accordingly.
As a consumer of legal services the client should not be shopping for a yes man. Legal consumers need to understand that in every case there is going to be an outcome. It may be what you want. It may not be what you want. If your lawyer is able to anticipate a certain outcome, then that lawyer is providing a valuable service to you, even if that anticipated outcome is not what you want.
If you don't like what you hear, and you want to fire your lawyer because of it, go for it. Just be careful what you ask for!
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