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By Jim Adler March 7, 2016

Have you ever wondered why it can be so expensive to hire a lawyer? People who think that they can navigate the legal system on their own will often bypass hiring a lawyer and then pay for their decision when the court hands down its ruling. At Jim Adler & Associates, we understand that legal fees can be expensive. But we also understand that most people do not realize all that a lawyer will do to handle your case for you. Even when you are told that a legal issue is simply a matter of filing a form with the court, you should never do it on your own. Lawyers work hard, and understanding a day in the life of a lawyer can help people to appreciate the significance of good legal representation.

Q: Don’t lawyers have office help to do all of their work for them?

A: Attorneys often have staff members who help them to process documents and arrange cases, but the attorneys are the ones who do the bulk of the work. The attorney is the one who reviews all of the documentation pertinent to a contract just to help the customer avoid any issues or loopholes. While the office staff may do some of the research, it is the attorney who brings all of that research together to create the final document for the client. In issues where court procedures are involved, the attorney is the one who reviews all of the documents before they are sent to the court, and it is the attorney who is responsible if there are any errors.

Q: Why does it always seem like lawyers have nothing but free time?

A: In Hollywood movies, attorneys are shown to have plenty of time to sit and contemplate something in their office, then get on a plane to fly across the country to follow up on a lead that may or may not turn out to be important. The truth is that attorneys spend all day reviewing documents, replying to emails, and returning customer phone calls. When a client has an urgent issue, their first call is to their attorney. The client expects the attorney to drop everything for their emergency, but the real world is not Hollywood and every minute of a lawyer’s day is filled with deadlines, documents, and client obligations.

Q: How do I choose the right lawyer?

A: You want to choose an experienced law firm that understands how much clients pay for their services. You want a law firm that knows how to manage its time and has the staffing necessary to get the job done. In the end, it is the attorneys who are responsible for everything a law firm does. You want to choose a firm that accepts its responsibility and works hard for every client. Jim Adler & Associates understands the importance of time management and the critical nature of each case. The professionals at Jim Adler & Associates understand that your case is important to you, which is why we make each case important to us as well.

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