As a Wisconsin family lawyer, practicing widely in Dane County, Sauk County, and Columbia County, I view my role as solving the client’s problems. Can those goals be accomplished by assertive vs. aggressive lawyering, and is there a difference? I recently commented on a linkedin.com listserv
http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=138155946&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile with the title of “Aggressive Lawyering is Counterproductive.” I agreed with that statement, but commented that there’s a difference between being forceful, or even aggressive, when necessary, and being abusive. The moderator disagreed. My point is this: some instances such as domestic abuse, child harm or mistreatment, hiding assets, etc. require an immediate, forceful response. In serious situations, or after long-term mistreatment, you as a client sometimes need to know that your lawyer will “stand up” for them. It does not mean yelling or being abusive, which is rarely successful. It means being decisive and forceful to protect your interests.
How does a Wisconsin family lawyer maintain this distinction? Family legal issues, including divorce, child custody, parental rights, are very emotional. It is sometimes very satisfying to read a nasty letter from your lawyer. Nasty letters rarely solve disputes, however. Experienced Wisconsin family lawyers will often disregard a letter that includes nothing but accusations. Or it will result in a retaliatory nasty letter, with just as many accusations against you.
Assertive, forceful communication that gets your point across without unnecessary nastiness is most effective. This type of communication demonstrates that your lawyer will strongly advocate for you, but also has the skills and information to back up your position. Rude behavior between Wisconsin family lawyers makes settlement less likely, and therefore causes legal fees to skyrocket.
My goal is to solve your family legal matter and help you focus on the better life ahead. I provide you with affordable and skilled representation so you are in a better emotional and financial condition that before. I offer free consultations to start you on the right path.