The Last Thing I Wanted To Do Was to Hire a Lawyer….
Don’t you hate the idea of having your life turned upside down by a serious injury, or a drunk driving charge? Maybe you have just lost a loved one, and you need to deal with their property and debts, and maybe even difficult relatives, even as you grieve? Don’t you hate the idea of even having to hire a lawyer in the first place?
….and Now, The Lawyer Never Calls…..
You know what’s worse than that? The lawyer you hire never communicates with you, at least not voluntarily; when you call him/her for an update on your case (yes, it is your case), you cannot get him/her on the phone, and your voicemail messages go unreturned. Sure, when they were wooing you as a client, they couldn’t do enough for you. When they cannot dodge your calls, they act like they are doing you a favor, even to speak with you, even though you are giving them one third of the recovery as a fee, or you are paying them an hourly fee (which means they can bill you, when you call for an update).
…. Don’t They Know How Stressful It Is To Put My Life In Someone Else’s Hands?
I have been both a lawyer, and a client (with someone else acting as the lawyer); I can tell you that it is much easier to be a lawyer, than it is to be a client. I understand.
The Real Difference When You Hire Jon Frank & The Frank Law Firm, PC
So what, then, is “the Jon Frank Difference”? My primary goal and mission as your lawyer is to leave you better off than I found you. One concrete thing I do, than many lawyers do not, is to keep my clients informed of developments in their case, big and small. Not only that, I keep them involved. How do I do this?
Once you are a client of The Frank Law Firm, PC, I will copy you on every piece of regular mail, or email I send out to anyone. Naturally, due to cost and environmental concerns, I much prefer copying clients on email, than on regular mail, but I gladly accommodate clients who “just don’t do email”. When I copy clients by email, I do so with blind copies in order to protect your privacy. That way, even if I have not sent you a direct letter on a case, you will know exactly what I am doing, and when I am doing it.
Preparation For Hearings; Questions Answered
Sometimes, being in a lawsuit means you might have to personally appear for a court hearing or a deposition. Many lawyers will not bother preparing you for the hearing, or the deposition, until minutes before, leaving you with no time to get prepared, or to ask important questions. sometimes, the lawyer fails to prepare you for an insurance company sponsored medical exam (there is no excuse for that!) Sometimes a lawyer’s failure to prepare their client for a hearing/deposition may even leave the lawyer unprepared, and you are the one who is really going to suffer, if that lawyer is unprepared.
“Papering The Opponent’s File”
Some areas of my legal work allow me to influence legitimately, the information our opponents have in their file – about you.
In a No-Fault matter, it may mean asserting a claim so basic, so clear, and so legally undeniable, that we then set up a case for extra No-Fault penalty interest and attorneys’ fees, under MCLA §500.3142 and MCLA §500.3148. By taking these steps before any lawsuit begins, we create the opportunity to appear reasonable, high-minded, and anxious to cooperate, especially if we later have to get in front of a judge or jury.
In a drunk driving matter, I often counsel clients in appropriate circumstances, to consider going into alcohol counseling, or Alcoholics Anonymous, even before going to court. These programs may or may not be useful ultimately; that is for someone with a different skill set, to determine. Still, judges are often persuaded when clients go into such programs, especially when they do so before key hearings take place (so that such program involvement seems all the more “voluntary”). Sometimes, extra preparation makes the probation/screening process go that much easier.
Those are the examples that come to mind right now; there may be others. The important consideration for me, is to advance your cause, and to leave you off, better than I found you.
The Bottom Line
Call Jon Frank, at The Frank Law Firm, PC. You can call me anytime at (586) 727-1900, or email me at [email protected]