12 Signs Your Lawyer is Screwing Up Your Case
A Compilation of Real-life Cases Shared Here
Note: I know that there are Amazing and Ethical Lawyers out there who are representing clients with honest intentions. To you guys, I say "Thank you" and know that this Hub is Not about you! You are the good guys that we can depend on so please don't ever change!
To Good Lawyers who have unintentionally made mild to monumental mistakes that could've or did screw up someone's case, this is Not about you either. We are perfectly imperfect human beings, who will screw up now and then. The lessen is to learn from it and try not to be a repeat offender. This type of "screw up" is not the kind that I have chosen to emphasize either.
This Hub should've been titled 12 Signs Your Lawyer is *Purposely* Screwing Up Your Case. Unfortunately, it's too late to change the title but I can tweak the Hub. (Thanks to Fer-nie for your feedback and allowing me to see the need for clarification here).
The following are real-life Cases that I have compiled in a list. This Hub will feature the short version of said list. Some, I experienced personally, while the rest are shared anecdotal experiences from people I've spoken with. I will not share any names of those involved in these cases. Obviously, I will not divulge which situations I've had the pleasure of experiencing for my own privacy. Everyone of these are "eyebrow raising" and are just wrong!
Below are the 12 Signs Your Lawyer is Screwing Up Your Case.
(Take heed if your Lawyer):
Accepts Denials of Other Party's Involvement in Wrong-Doing via Email and Not by a Deposition.
- Asks You to Sign Blank Forms and Never Returns Completed Copy to You
- Asks If You Want Another Lawyer After Calling Them Out On Exhibiting Signs From This List
- Advises You To Disclose Confidential Information To Impress the Judge
- Calls Petitioner/Respondent of the Other Party by First Name
- Does Not Hand Over Contract When Asked
- Does Not Inform Other Party of Your Claims Against Their Client; Therefore, It's Not Included in Your Petition/Response
Fails to request mandatory information from other party's client, yet pressures you to hand over yours
- Informs You That Only PI's Can Access and View Traffic Cameras, Not Cops
- Seems to Have Teamed-Up with the Other Party and Undermines Your Endgame
- Seems to Believe in You As a Client Then Questions Everything You've Shared in Confidence
- Straight Up Lies To You and Struggles To Keep Their Promises
Accepts Denials of Other Party's Involvement in Wrong-Doing via Email and Not by a Deposition
Example # 1
Client A found out from friends that their spouse threw out some of their belongings while separated. Client A was hurt but not surprised. They contacted their lawyer and filled them in. Said lawyer immediately jumped at Client B's defense but then backed down with the claim of "not knowing them enough to make that call."
Their lawyer reached out to Client B's lawyer and broached the subject, asking if their client could've been invovled. Of course Client B's lawyer quickly denied it but advised that they'd speak to their client.
It took a full week for a response from Client B's lawyer in email with their client's denials and Client A's lawyer accepted it without a formal Deposition. Their client swore up and down that Client B was involved and claimed that their lawyer knew it too.
Funny thing was, Client A's lawyer claimed to be a "bulldog in the courtroom" but really turned out to be a pussy-cat.
Asks You to Sign Blank Forms and Never Returns Completed Copy to You
Example # 2
A client wanted records subpoenaed for their case to prove they were innocent of wrong-doing. Their lawyer emailed them a Records Release Form to sign. However, the form was completely blank! The client was hesitant but signed anyway. Due to not being 100% cool with that, the client asked for a copy of the completed form but never got it.
What's worse is that it took their lawyer weeks to forward the requested documents to their client. When they finally did, it was just a summation of events and not actual records.
If the lawyer really had the client's best interest, none of these things would've occurred.
To read the rules on signing legal documents, click here.
Asks If You Want Another Lawyer After Calling Them Out On Exhibiting Signs From This List
Example # 3
At this point, the client knew the score and wanted out. Ontheotherhand, they knew that they had to be very careful of how they handled the problem. They had to stay cool and not show their "lawyer" the hand of cards they were holding.
The lawyer had evaded their calls, texts and emails for weeks! This lack of communication was unusual for thier lawyer and they deserved answers. The client knew that they only had a lawyer in writing and stood alone.
When their lawyer finally called, they seemed off and very annoyed. Their explanation of not responding fell on deaf ears, rightfully so. What client would respond well to "i have other clients; i can't cater to you?" It was obvious that they wanted out too and offered a way out for them both.
Luckily, their client was smart enough to decline and let them work off the money they were paid.
Advises You To Disclose Confidential Information To Impress the Judge
Example # 4
The client was previously in an extremely dangerous situation and found refuge elsewhere. Their lawyer advised them to disclose their whereabouts to the other party, for the case to resume. The client repeatedly advised that the information was confidential and would violate their safety to comply. This response didn't bold well with their lawyer and said it would make them look good to the judge.
I'm happy to say that the client stood their ground! If this happens to you, stand firm and never give in.
Calls Petitioner/Respondent of the Other Party by First Name
Example # 5
Upon the first consultation, the client noticed how their ex's name often slipped out of their lawyer's mouth. There was no Mr. or Mrs. "BiffCuffs" but "Petey," and with familiarity. It had gotten so bad that the client inquired about it. Of course, their lawyer denied any kind of association with the ex.
Luckily for the client, they didn't buy it and immediately dropped them. Whether or not the lawyer knew "Petey," the gesture just wasn't professional and rubbed the client the wrong way.
Does Not Hand Over Contract When Asked
Example # 6
The case was the client's first rodeo and failed to sign an actual contract. They did sign a short form with their case information. When the client picked up on the lawyer's lies, they requested for a copy of their contract. The lawyer continued lying by promising to send it but never did.
Does Not Inform Other Party of Your Claims Against Their Client; Therefore, It's Not Included in Your Petition/Response
Example # 7
Upon the first consultation, the client gave their lawyer a laundry list of claims against the other party's client. The client spoke of their deep concerns and asked their lawyer to file a motion for their protection. The lawyer agreed with a smile and nod. It wasn't till a week later that the client found out the truth. The two met once more where the lawyer confessed to not following through with that motion. The lawyer explained how it "wasn't necessary" but failed to consult with their client first.
That's a No-No! No matter if you're paying for representation or not, the client is Boss here. The client should always be consulted before a decision is made.
Fails to Request Mandatory Information From Other Party's Client, Yet Pressures You to Hand Over Yours
Example # 8
In this case, Client A and Client B were required to complete a specific set of Legal Documents and File them with the Court. In a nutshell, each client was to exchange requested information so a decision could be made.
Well, Client A's lawyer requested these mandatory documents from Client B and they reluctantly complied. However, Client B's lawyer never requested the same documents from Client A.
Client B consistently asked their lawyer to request the same documents of Client A but their lawyer consistently lied and said they would but never did.
Informs You That Only PI's Can Access and View Traffic Cameras, Not Cops
Example # 9
You don't need to be a 21 Jumpstreet fan to know that notion is all kinds of wrong! Even Stevie Wonders knows that cameras police the streets these days. Whether the traffic cam is public or private, there is a way for the cops to gain access and view them.
It would seem the misinformation was intentional to screw up the client's case.
When Legal Documents/Requested Forms have inaccurate dates/years, instead of the current date/year. For example, if the year is 2100, there is NO reason for 1900 to show up on ANY of your Paperwork! This would make said Legal Documents/Requested Forms Invalid.
Seems to Have Teamed-Up with the Other Party and Undermines Your Endgame
Example # 10
A combination of signs listed here were at play with this situation. Client A
Calls stopped being returned in a timely manner. Important documents stopped being sent to the client when promised. The agreed upon endgame slowly morphed into catering to the other party's. The lawyer actually told the client that they need to "give the other side something to get what you want."
Bribery aint a good look here.
Seems to Believe in You As a Client Then Questions Everything You've Shared in Confidence
Example # 11
The client made accusations against the other party's client. Their lawyer immediately showed signs of sympathy and verbalized that they had been wronged. Their lawyer was very personable and offered up advice to help strengthen said client during a stressful period. The pair had gotten so chummy that their lawyer deemed them a "great person."
All seemed to be well, until it wasn't.
The lawyer became less and less supportive to their client's cause and the two often disagreed with how to proceed. They both wanted the case over but the lawyer was not using all the possible leads to win the case. The more the client asked the lawyer to investigate leads, the more the lawyer would claim that it would be a waste. This became the nature of their lawyer-client relationship and the client was very unhappy with the service they were paying for.
The last time the client broached the subject, the lawyer questioned their claims against the other party's client. They had previously bonded because of the lawyer's supposed understanding of the situation so why the switch up?
The client immediately dropped the lawyer and hired another. Till this day, nobody knows what made the first lawyer turn like that.
Straight Up Lies To You and Struggles To Keep Their Promises
Example # 12
The lawyer consistently promised to call, text or email their client at a certain time with zero follow through. At times, the client inquired about it but never got any real answers. This happend so often that the client fired them 2 months in.
The client had every intention to contact the state's Barr but realized it would be a complete waste. Good thing too, it was later revealed that they had no license!
The quotes here are tongue-in-cheek jabs at lawyers who give their peers a bad name. It's ashame that there are way more negative quotes and jokes that display such sentiments. When the rotten ones find a way to redeem themselves to the public, maybe the general consensus will change too.
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