The relationship between a family law attorney and his client is different than the relationship between attorneys and clients in commercial litigation cases or other types of civil litigation, in that it truly is both a business relationship and a personal relationship.
The client has to feel comfortable, not only with the legal advice they are receiving, but also that there is good communication and the attorney is giving them accurate information and looking out for their best interest. That may also require the attorney to give the client what they might perceive to be bad news. For instance, a client may believe that they deserve custody of their child, but an attorney may have to tell them that the facts of the case may not warrant them getting custody in the judge’s eyes. Attorneys have to be willing to communicate to their clients so that they’re not creating false expectations. Building a personal relationship of trust between the attorney and client is very important.
You should walk out of the initial consultation feeling that the attorney will advocate for you in your case, will not give you false expectations in an effort to generate fees, and is somebody you can trust to help you through this process so that you can move on with your life, have a good relationship with your children, and continue to operate effectively as a person.
Brian Loughmiller is a partner at the McKinney, Texas law firm of Loughmiller Higgins. Serving family law clients throughout North Texas and the DFW Metroplex area, Brian and his partner, Eric Higgins, have 47 years of combined trial experience. One of the top family lawyers in the state, Brian has been recognized as a Super Lawyer every year since 2005.
Eric Higgins is a family attorney serving residents of North Texas and the DFW Metroplex area who have family law concerns and divorce issues. Eric and his partner, Brian Loughmiller, have over 47 years of combined trial experience, which provides their firm with the experience necessary to guide divorcing clients through what can otherwise be a challenging and confusing process.