By T S • November 28, 2014
Can An Attorney Strike A Balance Between Revenues and Best Interests of Client?
One thing that seems to be constantly an issue with good attorneys revolves around needing to guard against self-interest at the expense of the client’s best interest. An effective attorney needs to make money, but also must guard against doing what is in their own best interests but not necessarily in the best interests of the client. A balance is required but how do you strike this?
Take the example of a contested or uncontested divorce and other family law disputes which can place significant stress upon a client’s family. If a client is considering divorce or involved in a child custody dispute, they want representation that will put their needs first and protect their rights throughout the process. At the same time, there is such thing as a client being overly protected. Sometimes mediation could solve issues that do not need to exist. At the same time, there is such thing as a client being too nice in divorce negotiations such that later they will claim that you convinced them to do things that ended up not being in their own best interests.
When a client works with an effective family attorney, they can expect to receive experienced and personalized family law advocacy. In our decades of experience practicing in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and northern New Jersey, we have built a reputation for providing the honest, resourceful and dedicated representation a client can count on to resolve legal problems effectively.
Experienced Legal Representation Learns From Mistakes
Many clients of good attorneys have complaints about their attorneys. But with time, an attorney can learn to be open and candid with their clients and to address these concerns and not simply ignore them. They will learn that by doing this, they are more likely to be able to show these clients that they care, even in spite of concerns. This can help the attorney obtain referrals from other satisfied clients and attorneys who trust the attorney’s careful yet efficient representation. Some of the best lawyer work closely with a client to resolve the unique issues involved in a family law case, including:
- Equitable distribution of marital assets and debts
- Child Support
- Spousal maintenance, also called alimony
Effective attorneys also manage child custody and visitation issues for unmarried parents through paternity actions, as well as prenuptial agreements for engaged couples.
What If A Client Family Needs Change?
As children age and client’s move on from divorce, a family's needs may change. In order to modify an existing custody or support agreement, however, a client must be able to demonstrate that a substantial change in circumstances has occurred. Job loss, promotion/demotion, relocation and suspected domestic abuse are all situations the court may consider valid reasons for seeking child custody or support modification.
A genuinely caring law firm can help a client seek modification when a client needs change. Experienced counsel can also protect client rights if a former spouse or partner seeks to move away or change an existing agreement for whatever reason. When a client needs dedicated family law representation, they should contact an attorney who is interested in looking out for client interests and not simply billing hours for their law firm.