Clemons Law Firm - (931) 802-6114
If you're looking for a lawyer, you've probably already realized that you are about to spend a lot of money. Probably more than you expected... perhaps more than you can comfortably afford.
Your legal needs were probably thrust upon you unexpectedly. Maybe you were arrested for a crime. Maybe you came home to a family crisis. You didn't plan to ever need an attorney, but now you need one... right now!
Slow down, take a breath, and think about why you need a lawyer. Too many people never take the time to do this. They get a lawyer because the judge told them to, or because the other side has one, or because its "the way these things are handled."
Now, odds are that you probably do need a lawyer. Like a plumber, if you are looking for one, its a pretty sure indication that you need one! But before you write that big check, think about what kind of lawyer you need.
I suggest you keep three characteristics in mind:
I will be honest with you.
Even if it means telling you the things you need to know, rather than the things you want to hear. Even if it means telling you that you have no case, and don’t need to hire me.
I will be honest. About your case. About my fees. About my work. I won’t lie to you. I won’t mislead you. I won’t sugarcoat the bad news. But when I tell you the good news, you’ll know you can rely on it.
Forget the jokes you’ve heard. Forget what you’ve seen on television. A dishonest lawyer will not help your case. If a lawyer is willing to lie for you, he will also be willing to lie to you… about the case, about the fee, about the quality of his work. I don’t do that.
I will be honest.
“The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day.” – Abraham Lincoln.
Governments and corporations will often take years, sometimes decades, to resolve a case. You probably don’t have that long.
You probably have just one case, and it may be the single biggest thing going on in your life right now. You may be rescheduling work to make it to court dates, spending your evenings looking through paperwork, and seriously considering selling your car or taking out a mortgage to pay for it all.
You need to know that your case won’t just sit in your lawyer’s filing cabinet for weeks on end. You need to know that your lawyer won’t show up to court having just looked at your file for the first time in months. You need to know that what needs to be done, has been done.
I am committed to transparency… to letting you know what gets done, and when. The courts are notoriously slow, and there may always be delays, but they shouldn’t be because of a lawyer’s inattentiveness. Your case will not be delayed by purposeless procrastination.
The work will be done, on time, every time.
Your lawyer may be the best in the world, but if he’s not available, he can’t help you.
I’ve heard that the number one complaint people have about lawyers is not the quality of the advice, the zeal of the advocacy, or even the amount of the fees. Every survey seems to agree that the number one complaint is this: that the lawyer doesn’t return phone calls!
One problem is that there is usually a lack of “proactive” communication - from the lawyer to the client. If your lawyer called you or sent you an email every time there was an update to your case, you wouldn’t have to call every few weeks just to find out what’s going on.
Many law offices misuse technology. Technology is not the “answer” to communication problems. Technology is a tool, and like any tool can be used wrongly. Phones, email, voicemail, and other technologies are too often used as a way to delay and avoid meaningful communication.
Perhaps most importantly, though, is the issue of the “hours of operation.” This is an issue that few lawyers are willing to acknowledge, and even fewer are willing to do anything about. Most law offices are open during “Banker’s Hours.” And unless you happen to be a Banker, that probably isn’t convenient for you.
What are my hours of operation? It’s simple. I’m a lawyer all day, every day.
I can’t be at my office twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. But I can be available for one hour, on one day, at a time that’s convenient for you. I take off one day a week for religious reasons, but everything else is fair game… all you have to do is ask.
If you want an appointment during your lunch hour, that’s fine. If you work all day, and can only meet after 7 p.m., let’s make the appointment. If you are serving overseas, and need to talk to me by phone at 2 a.m., I may sound a little sleepy, but I’ll be there to answer the call.
The courts are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. I go to court almost every day, so my office is usually open during those hours. If those hours are convenient for you, make an appointment during that time. If not, tell us when you want to talk.
I will be there for you.