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Get off to the right start: Initial steps after taking the case
By William T. Whitaker; Elizabeth Kelley
Now that you have ignored the 15 red flags warning you not to take the
potentially difficult client set forth in John Wesley Hall Jr.’s Practice Points
last month, now that you’ve decided to take the case because the $2500
retainer will pay the rent or that pesky credit card bill so you can
come to the next great NACDL seminar, it is time to decide how to get
started doing the job. That job, of course, is to provide the best possible defense for your client no matter how troublesome he or she may be. The
remarks that follow apply to all cases, not just the difficult clients.
While there is certainly nothing new about these simple steps, it is
sometimes difficult to force ourselves to take the necessary time to do
it right. And it never hurts to be reminded of what it takes to get off
to a good start.
The first steps out of the box can be the most important because they
set the tone for all that follows. Missteps at this stage of the case
can result in missed
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