I've already written about being careful what you post on social media. But you also need to be careful what you post on any of the various legal opinion sites. It is amazing some the the admissions people make on the various legal opinion sites. I've seen admissions of infidelity and affairs; hiding of assets; transferring funds fraudulently to avoid having to disclose those funds; child neglect and abuse; domestic violence; fraudulently entering a marriage; and even criminal activity. I've even seen a post where a person admitted to setting fire to the house because he didn't want a divorce (and fraudulently filing an insurance claim on top of it).All of those admissions could subject the writer to civil ,and even criminal, prosecution and damages. That information is public, and could be traced back to you. There is no confidentiality on those sites, and generally there is no confidentiality until you actually enter into a relationship with an attorney.Be very careful what you do post.
In divorces, paternity, and other family law cases, I regularly hear from clients, or potential clients seeking a second opinion, tales of how difficult it is to communicate with their prior attorneys. This can be as simple as not having calls or emails returned, all that way to the prior counsel refusing to answer questions, or even submit a billing statement to justify the charges, or to show how the retainer fee was used. I have even seen recent email conversations about how some attorneys use the old five-days to respond to a letter rule now.
I do not understand that. I do not understand those problems. When I work for you, I am doing just that -- working for you. So I always endeavor to respond to any telephone message, or email, within one business day. That's at the most. And, I almost always accomplish that goal. About me.
But, on the other side of the coin, I am not at any one client's beck-and-call 24/7/365. I do have other clients, as well as families and outside interests. So yes, there may be times that you call and I cannot talk to you right then. But, you can leave a message, and you will, almost always, receive a response within one business day.
And, you will receive a monthly billing statement, providing details of all work, and charges, incurred during the prior month -- regularly and monthly.