Harsh Reality vs Desired Outcome: What Can Go Wrong With The Wrong Attorney

Imagine it is a weekday morning, about 8:00 a.m. and you just fought traffic and searched for a parking space. Then you walk several blocks into a large institutional looking building to wait in a long line with several other people. You are asked to remove your wallet, belt, pocket change, and anything else you might be carrying that could activate the electronic metal detector.

You aren’t in line at Metro Airport, about to embark on your dream vacation. You are in line at the courthouse, about to end your marriage.

The scene gets worse as you cram into a crowded elevator with a bunch of sullen looking individuals and ride up to the floor where your Judge’s courtroom is located. Outside in the hallway you hear someone calling your name, “Ms. Jones, Ms. Jones.” You answer, “yes, I’m Ms. Jones.” The gentleman then introduces himself to you and says he’s your divorce attorney. You are now expected to trust your fate to this person you just met who is going to finalize your divorce.

This happens all too often in “high volume” law practices where someone with the designation of “support staff” handles your case behind the scenes, and someone else you may never have met or talked to before appears in court to handle your case.

Another option might be the “high end” law practice that has the gorgeous office in a prestigious downtown building, where the senior partner will charge you $10,000 just to meet with you and decide if “the firm” wants to handle your divorce.

Are these two scenarios your only option? Definitely NOT! Having the right lawyer who understands your needs and who will properly advise you and represent your interests for a reasonable fee is the desired outcome, and it is your right. But how do you find this person? It all comes down to knowing who to call.

After owning a Family Law practice for over 10 years and practicing Law for over 14 years, attorney Lori T. Williams transitioned out of the practice of law and into the business of law in 2004. She owns a legal referral business known as  Your Legal Resource, PLLC. The focus of her referral service is on helping clients find the right attorney. Lori works with a select team of attorneys she put together over the past 20 years, who are experts in their field in several key areas of the law, and who know how to properly handle a client’s case and bill them fairly for their services. Lori has the gift of connecting the right client with the right attorney, as well as other professionals her clients need for various personal or business matters. Lori is willing and able to call upon her panel of professionals whenever a professional referral is needed for her clients. Lori’s clients greatly appreciate the ease with which they are put in the hands of capable professionals she recommends, and they know they are saving time and money by working with the right person.

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Lori T. Williams

Lori T. Williams is an attorney based in Birmingham, MI, licensed in 1989.  As owner of a legal referral business called Your Legal Resource, PLLC, Lori personally assists individuals and small businesses in need of legal advice or representation in Metro Detroit by connecting them with the right legal specialist to meet their needs.