One of the fears that people have, particularly women, is when they face a legal problem, they think that a lawyer is just going to inflate the legal problem.
They are worried that the legal problem is going to become bigger than Ben-Hur, and the solicitor will convince them to go to court.
Yes, there are some solicitors out there who will do that, but there are others who won’t.
There are solicitors that will work with you, and it’s about finding and hiring the right one.
So I recently acted for a woman who was in a dispute with her brother over farming land that their parents had left to them. My client had stayed on the farm with her husband and they were the farmers, and the brother had actually left.
He either wanted the farm or he wanted to be paid out. But he wanted to be paid out an amount that was way higher than a valuation that we’d had.
Unfortunately, the relationship between them was such that he didn’t discuss it with her first and ran straight away to find a solicitor who was highly litigious.
That solicitor did inflate the situation, and kept the negotiations running for a long time without reason.
Unfortunately, when you can’t cut the parties off at the pass, at the beginning, and try and manage the situation and manage the conversation, the legal problem can blow up bigger than Ben-Hur.
The key is to manage that very early stage in a different way.
Things can be done differently, and there’s plenty of opportunities for them to be done differently.
That’s what the Legally Wise Women course “How to Find and Hire the Right Lawyer” will help you understand.
Many, many lawyers prime their clients immediately for litigation and start setting them up at the beginning.
It doesn’t have to be that way, and it can be managed differently between lawyers as well.