Finding the right employment lawyer for your case can be difficult, even when you know you have a good case. If the employment lawyers you meet with keep saying no to you, it might be because you are not saying the right things to them. Here are 9 things you should never say to an employment lawyer.
1. I forgot I had an appointment
If you were late for your first appointment with an employment lawyer, or if you never showed up for this appointment, they will probably not be interested in your case, even if you have a good excuse. You need to respect the time of your lawyer.
2. I didn’t bring the documents related to my case
If you didn’t bring the important documents related to your case for your appointment, the employment lawyer you are meeting with will think you are not that concerned about your case. If you are not taking your case seriously, why would they?
3. I have already done some of the work for you
Employment lawyers like clients who are taking their case seriously, but they don’t like clients who are insulting their experience. Don’t try to do part of the work on your own before you even meet with a lawyer.
4. My case will be easy money for you
Your employment lawyer will have to work hard to help you win your case. Once again, don’t insult them by pretending you have already figured out that your case would be easy money for them. There is no such thing as easy money for employment lawyers.
5. I have already spoken with 5 other lawyers
If you have really spoken with 5 other employment lawyers, and none of them were interested in your case, it probably means there is something wrong either with your attitude, or with your case.
6. Other lawyers don’t have my best interests at heart
The employment lawyer you are speaking with will probably not believe you if you tell them this. Most lawyers work on contingency fee. Therefore, your best interests are their best interests as well.
7. I was quoted a cheaper price from another lawyer
If this is true, why didn’t you hire them? The rates of employment lawyers depend on their experience and on their reputation, and it’s not up to you to question them. If you can’t pay a lawyer’s fees, don’t try to get a discount.
8. I will not settle for less than one million dollars
Unfortunately, most employment law cases don’t bring in any money. Employment lawyers want to work with clients who will hear their recommendations, not with clients who are difficult and have unrealistic expectations.
9. This company doesn’t want any bad publicity
Many people think that the company they work for will settle quickly to avoid any bad publicity, but this is rarely the case. Your employment lawyer will have to work hard to convince the company’s lawyer that your case truly is a strong one.