“A measure of pushback” with Jacqui Dawson (Sexton Family Law)
- How to empower people going through the process.
- What information to prepare for your lawyer: in parenting and property matters. Checking facts and details in a one page summary.
- Be completely frank with your lawyer.
- Pre-sorting financial disclosure for your lawyer to save legal fees.
- Being clear about objectives and seeking assistance from other professionals.
- Cues that you have the right/ wrong lawyer for you. Trusting your lawyer. Is your lawyer over promising?
- Time frames and communication.
- Expertise of lawyers, accreditation.
- Is your lawyer objective and calm.
- “One of the worst things we can do as a lawyer is get on board with our clients’ emotional distress.” Be wary of correspondence that is unnecessarily emotive and lengthy.
- Lawyers that are too aligned with client are doing the client a disservice.
- A good lawyer will offer a measure of pushback. “Toxic can come in all different ways.”
- Every case is different. Beware of the advice from friends, neighbours and google. Your fact situation is different to others.
- Adapt as you go along.
- Listen to your lawyer – delays are difficult and lawyers understand this is a problem.
Find Jacqui Dawson at Sexton Family Law.