Recently I was approached by a former client and asked to handle a piece of commercial litigation for him in Guernsey County, Ohio.
We declined to get involved in the matter, as it made far more economic sense for the former client to engage counsel located closer to the county seat of Guernsey County, Ohio than to have us handle the matter and travel to Guernsey County repeatedly, in light of the relatively modest magnitude of the controversy.
We referred the former counsel to an attorney with offices near Guernsey County, Ohio to handle the matter.
We also took some time to explain to the former client the need to keep the commercial litigation matter simple if he wanted counsel to whom we were referring him to take the matter in the first place and to thereafter handle it on a cost effective basis.
Who? What? When? Where? How?
I remember from grade school that those questions are to guide us as we write newspaper articles or other written works.
Those are good questions to consider and to answer before approaching an attorney regarding a commercial litigation matter.
I realize that not everyone thinks like a lawyer. Maybe that’s a good thing!
But before approaching an attorney regarding a commercial litigation matter, be sure to take the time necessary to carefully identify, locate and assemble all relevant documents and then to summarize all relevant facts.
By carefully preparing the file for the attorney, the client with a commercial litigation matter can save a great deal of attorney time and the related expense.
An additional point that I made to the prospective client regarding his commercial litigation matter is that things will proceed best if he can calm down and take the emotion out of what is now a commercial litigation matter.
Yes, there is almost invariably a certain amount of emotion that accompanies any commercial litigation matter.We get that, we understand.
But as you approach counsel regarding a commercial litigation matter, it will benefit everyone if you can try to boil the commercial litigation matter down to answering completely and honestly the five questions listed above, leaving the emotional baggage at home.
Quote of the Day
Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory. ~ General George S. Patton