We all value our privacy. Not only that, but we also value our pride, as well as, our dignity. Above all that, we also hate being constantly interrupted by people who think they know everything. Now imagine someone who is trying to help you have to suffer through all of these things, and so much more. Well, it is safe to say that they won’t really be that happy to help. Especially, if it is a job as tiresome as being a lawyer; the amount of data and paperwork they have to go through is huge. While it is understandable that you may be worried or stressed out, or just trying to help, most of the time you are not making it any easier for your lawyer. So, to help you and your lawyer get along, here are several reasons why you should leave your lawyer to do their work.
People think better when they’re alone
Granted, lawyers are gifted with the ability to talk to people and charm juries. However, this doesn’t mean that they do their best work when people are around. If you have watched any movies about lawyers, you’d know that a lawyer’s best work always comes out when they’re alone in front of a table buried under piles of paper.
A lawyer’s profession requires a lot of thinking. According to science, each individual develops their own ways and techniques to help them think and concentrate better. If you or anyone happen to interrupt a lawyer’s concentration methods, it would simply lead to them not being able to focus and finish their work faster.
It is cheaper
Keeping in mind the previous point, if your lawyer gets paid by the hour, it is no use keeping them around for longer. It is actually in your financial benefit that they finish their work as fast as possible. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t talk to them, obviously. Everyone appreciates kind gestures. It’s simply about moderating; you just need to make sure that you are not invading their workspace.
They are under a lot of stress already
Like any other job, being a lawyer takes its toll on a person’s psyche. Lawyers dealing with cases that involve having to take on governmental institutions or big companies, or even hospitals, for example, have it really rough as these are cases that can take a lot of time. A good example of this are cases that deal with birth injury claims. These are sensitive and complex cases that take up a lot of emotion from both the client and the lawyer alike. They can also last over long periods of time. As Justin Kimball from Preszler Law explains that the two years basic limitation period applies to birth injury claims, but the child’s minority status may delay this period, your lawyer is probably thinking about the huge amount of work that he still has to go through.
The point is, lawyers are already functioning under a lot of deadlines and stressors. The last thing they need is someone constantly calling them about updates. Granted, it is your right to know everything that is happening with your case but, you must also understand that lawyers aren’t cruel robots who want to deny you of any peace of mind. They are your friends but, they are also busy; when they see it fit to update you, they will. However, if there is nothing to say, then they probably won’t call. Just have some faith in them.
No one likes micro-management
Think about it, what if you work as a doctor, and then a parent walks in with their kid. Like any other patient, you start checking up on the kid, measuring their vitals and doing all the standard procedures. What is different, though is that for some reason, you keep getting interrupted by a parent who keeps sharing their medical opinions regarding the diagnosis. Wouldn’t you be annoyed?
It’s the same thing with lawyers. If you keep interfering with their work, demanding updates, and suggesting ways they can tackle a certain subject, they are bound to get annoyed. Granted, some may be open for contributions. On the other hand, there are others who wouldn’t prefer it so, in order to be on the safe side, just wait for your lawyer’s consent. If they ask for your opinion, be ready to give it.
Your lawyer needs to know that you trust them; that you know they are capable of doing their job. Once they feel that you believe in their abilities, they will automatically start gaining momentum. Make sure you take into consideration how important communication is between a lawyer and their client; you need to be as clear and efficient as possible, and they need to understand and respect your concerns. Finally, while we have been talking about how you should leave your lawyer some space, as a client, you still maintain a right to know any updates about your case; make sure you get them.