What Lawyers Often Fail to Tell Clients About Litigation

A client learns the hard way that litigation takes time and can get expensive, especially if the lawyer is piling on unethical fees and vague ‘costs.’

A confused-looking couple look at paperwork on a desk while a lawyer looks on.
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“We hired a law firm that handles a wide variety of legal matters and advertises heavily in our area, to deal with one, a former employee who violated our non-compete clause, opened his own shop and solicited our customers — the lawyers said they could shut him down in less than three months; and two, ‘Terri,’ my wife, was in an auto accident caused by the other driver, but their insurance company denied liability. Our attorney said, ‘We will have a very good settlement within six months of filing suit.’ It has now been over two years, and it is one delay after another for both cases!

“This has caused us considerable distress. Had we known what to expect, we would not have pursued these matters in the first place. But the lawyers gave us little information. Is this a common or a rare situation to be in? What can we do? We are getting bills for all kinds of ‘costs’ and are in the dark. Thanks, ‘Frank.’”

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H. Dennis Beaver, Esq.
Attorney at Law, Author of "You and the Law"

After attending Loyola University School of Law, H. Dennis Beaver joined California's Kern County District Attorney's Office, where he established a Consumer Fraud section. He is in the general practice of law and writes a syndicated newspaper column, "You and the Law." Through his column he offers readers in need of down-to-earth advice his help free of charge. "I know it sounds corny, but I just love to be able to use my education and experience to help, simply to help. When a reader contacts me, it is a gift."