Busted! Don’t Believe These Myths About Lawyers!

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Certain instances in people’s lives warrant legal recourse, however, false facts surrounding the modus operandi of lawyers dissuade people from seeking their help. The truth is that all lawyers are not out to fleece you. Many lawyers have your best interests in mind, and they do take cognizance of your financial situation when overseeing your legal issue.

Blindly believing certain misconceptions about attorneys just because false truths have been sensationalized and refusing to seek legal help from an attorney can result in you losing your case. An attorney is educated and trained in the practice of law, and these aspects equip them to fight tooth and nail for you in the court of law and win a favorable outcome. 

As experienced and effective practitioners, we at TJ Cade Law, LLC wants to help you steer clear of these misconceptions and false facts. We have done this by debunking three of the most widely believed myths about lawyers.

Myth 1: Hiring an attorney is always expensive.

It’s important to remember that you have rights no matter what your income is and attorneys are not only for the wealthy. While there are attorneys who have set fees and will not budge, there are also attorneys who will take cases on a sliding fee scale, pro bono, or who maintain lower fees than the local market. Some attorneys are also known to provide a payment plan option to clients. These attorneys intentionally provide economical fee options so as to be affordable to more people. You must include the discussion of fees related to your case when you set up a consultation with a potential attorney.

Myth 2: All attorneys are rich and are only motivated by money.

This myth is often believed but is far from true. While many attorneys are indeed quite wealthy, as of September 2018, an attorney’s average annual pay was only $81,700. This seems low given the hourly rates charged by attorneys. However, every single hour of the day is not consumed by services that can always be billed for. Additionally, some attorneys offer flat fees for certain services that can, at times, be much more time-consuming than anticipated.

Lower fees charged or lower income earned by attorneys is not an indication of less experience. In the practice of law, while attorneys need to make enough money to cover expenses and make a living, their main focus and motivation is not necessarily money. There are attorneys focused on assisting their clients and offer affordable rates or payment plans to as many clients as possible.

Myth 3: The best lawyers are aggressive and argumentative.

This myth could not be further from the truth. The best lawyers are those who know when to speak, and when to be quiet; or, as they say in poker “gotta know when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em”! For example, I defended a juvenile case while I was an Assistant Public Defender without making a single objection or asking a single question! The state attorney had questioned all their witnesses and with each witness, they established certain elements of the crime. However, there was one crucial element that was not established. I waived the right to cross-examine the witnesses at that moment but reserved the right to recall the witnesses if required: I knew that by questioning the witnesses I may inadvertently open the door to testimony that would establish the missing element. I acted prudently by deciding not to aggressively go after every witness (which is what we attorneys are expected to do more often than not). As it was, the state attorney never proved the element in question and I won this trial. I had to explain to the mother of the accused after the trial that not posing questions to the witnesses was the best strategy to defend her son because she was initially dismayed with the strategy. This case is a classic example of how attorneys need to have enough wisdom to "know when to fold ‘em and know when to hold ‘em” so to speak, to achieve the best results. 

For experienced and effective legal counsel at reasonable rates, reach out to TJ Cade Law, LLC.

As family, criminal defense, and estate planning lawyers in Lake Worth, FL, and the surrounding areas, we provide dedicated and effective legal counsel to you. With over eleven years of legal experience, we are equipped to guide and counsel you on how to overcome your legal challenges. We are diligent and effective in our service, and prompt and transparent in our communication with you. TJ Cade Law, LLC assures you that you will be kept informed and involved at every stage of your case.

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