Alex & Saavedra - June 2018

JUNE 2018

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WHERE TV LAWYERS GET IT WRONG Skip the Drama

in New York.” Usually he just says something and walks out of the room, which doesn’t always represent his clients’ best interests. One new trend in the legal community that you will not see on the next episode of “Suits” is how auto insurance companies take advantage of people. Many insurance providers offer a service where you take a picture of your vehicle’s damage from an accident, and they send you a check. That sounds great in theory, but when you are in a collision, it is important to have your vehicle inspected by a professional to check for all potential damage. There are many times you won’t see all the damage to a vehicle, especially in a picture. What is going on underneath the car? What about the inside or structural components? Will you have any lingering issues? About 80 percent of payments from insurance companies are for property damage. So, these companies avoid paying massive amounts of fees and also minimize their work by simply settling with a picture and a check. There is one part “Suits” does get right — it is a lot of work. There are mountains of paperwork and tons of reading and details involved with the practice of law. Lawyers are often up at all hours of the night because their brains are working 24 hours a day. This often leads to long work hours. When you see someone on TV pouring over documents and buried in binders, that is

representative of being a lawyer. The massive amount of work it takes to fight for a client is why it is important to fit people into what they are passionate about. Our team embodies this to the letter. We have three paralegals, and they have been with us for a minimum of 10 years — one of them has been in the practice for 40. They do the work because it is their passion and it drives them. “When you work with us, we will dot our i’s and cross our t’s to make sure you are given passionate and accurate representation.” The same goes for our team of attorneys. We are driven, and we will not settle for doing the minimum. When you work with us, we will dot our i’s and cross our t’s to make sure you are given passionate and accurate representation. Our success rate does not come from perfectly

While legal TV shows do not portray exactly what it is like to be a lawyer, they do provide a window into our lives. In TV dramas, like “Suits,” the process looks exciting, but the law does not always work that way. Sometimes being a lawyer is not glamorous, and most moments would make for boring television. Sure, there is drama from time to time, but even that can be misrepresented on the screen. For example, when a witness on a TV show is caught in a lie, the attorney will sometimes leave it and say, “No more questions.” In a real trial, you have to clearly prove the lie so the jury understands every detail. You have to spell it out for them; you cannot leave anything open to interpretation or inference. An example that also differs in “Suits” is when an opposing party drops a dollar figure for a settlement, and Harvey or Mike will act as if that is final. But there is no silver bullet for finding a settlement number. That is also what I find interesting about Harvey being the “best closer

produced fiction. It comes from being experienced, real-world trial lawyers.

–Freddy Saavedra

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