Updated: Sep 13
My name is Nancy O’Neill of Peace River AB, Canada! For over the last 3 years I have completed extensive research and self representation for my family in the areas of Family, Civil and Criminal law. I know what it takes to complete a thorough investigation, apply extensive hours of research and have learned the practices and procedures within Docket and Trail court.
A lawyer must be compassionate, well versed in their field of practice and understand that all situations need their utmost attention. A good lawyer must communicate at the clients request, silent periods cause feelings of tensions and anxieties. To be a great lawyer you must be knowledgeable, there are extensive hours needed in more complex cases, knowing your clients and their case background helps to build your defense(s). Communication is vital, your lawyer must be willing to have discussions, to give updates and receive new information.
Finding a good fit may take a few tries but when your children, career, business and possibly your home or property are put at risk, the right fit will make things easier on you when navigating through your court experience.
I’m very thankful to add my post here and special thanks to Dave Lusick for adding me to the blog. I enjoy sharing my experiences and learning new ways to help support children and families. It is important for all forms of ‘Justice’ in all countries to ‘uphold the Law.’
Footnote by Legal-Eagles.org
In our ongoing exploration and previous blogs into what it takes for a lawyer to be effective, Legal-Eagles would like to delve into Professional Rule of Ethics for Attorney's 1.4 which outlines an attorney's responsibilities when it comes to communicating with clients.
(a) A lawyer shall:
(1) promptly inform the client of any decision or circumstance with respect to which the client's informed consent, as defined in Rule 1.0(e), is required
(2) reasonably consult with the client about the means by which the client's objectives are to be accomplished
(3) keep the client reasonably informed about the status of the matter
(4) promptly comply with reasonable requests for information, and
(5) consult with the client about any relevant limitation on the lawyer's conduct when the lawyer knows that the client expects assistance not permitted by the rules
"For instance, if a lawyer is working on a personal injury case, they should regularly update the client on the status of negotiations or court proceedings. If the client has questions about the legal process, it's their attorney's duty to explain it in a way that doesn't overwhelm them with legal jargon but empowers them to make informed decisions."
When attorneys adhere to professional rule 1.4, it not only ensures compliance with ethical standards but also has tangible benefits. Clients who feel well-informed and supported are more likely to trust their lawyers and make informed decisions. This, in turn, can lead to more successful outcomes for legal cases."
As we reflect on what it takes to be a good lawyer, we mustn't overlook the fundamental role of effective communication. Professional rule 1.4 serves as a guiding light for attorneys, reminding us of our responsibility to our clients and the positive impact it can have on their legal journey.