There is No Such Thing as a Stupid Question

In Child Custody, Child Support, Separation & Divorce by Elizabeth Stephenson

In our experience, we meet many clients who are initially anxious or nervous about meeting with us for the first time. This is because of false impressions perpetuated by decades of cheesy television commercials, Law and Order defense attorneys, and movies that portray lawyers as smarmy, over-the-top, super-aggressive people. An unfortunate consequence of this misimpression is that nervous clients are afraid to ask important questions that are weighing them, or they are afraid to speak up when they do not understand something.

Let me assure you that you have nothing to fear from us. If you retain us as your attorneys, we are here to serve you and want to do the best job we possibly can for you. At New Direction Family Law, we believe that open attorney-client communication is the only way to provide effective legal representation. As much as we pride ourselves in providing prompt and attentive service to our clients, we are always looking to improve our attorney-client relationships. In this spirit, we openly encourage our clients to ask questions.

Why? Because every client is a completely different person and you cannot assume that your attorney knows what is on your mind. We do not know what you know, and significantly, we do not know what you don’t know. So when you meet with us to consult or review your case, please feel free to interject with questions. If you feel like we are moving through topics or answering your questions too quickly, slow us down. This will help to establish what is on your mind, what is concerning you, what your goals are, and can bring about critical discussions that wouldn’t have otherwise occurred.

Further, we realize that attorneys throw around a lot of legal terms and concepts. This is because “legalese” is basically a second language that we speak with other attorneys and to courts. In addition, attorneys sometimes breeze through explanations of legal issues without fully appreciating that this information is probably brand new to our clients. By asking questions and seeking further explanations, we can feel confident that you understand your legal case and are making intelligent, fully-informed decisions about your legal representation.

Let New Direction Family Law Assist You

Experienced. Knowledgeable. Compassionate. Professional. The attorneys at New Direction Family Law want to assist you. Separations, divorces, and child custody disputes can be turbulent and time consuming experiences, but we pride ourselves in confidently guiding our clients into their futures. We practice in Wake, Johnston, Lee, Harnett, Cumberland, Nash, Granville, Franklin, and Durham counties. Call New Direction Family Law today at (919) 719-3470 to schedule an appointment, or visit us online at our website.