Gibson Law Group - January 2020

DIVING DOWN WITH GLG

The Case for Peaceful Resolution Why You Shouldn’t Jump Headfirst Into a Legal Battle JANUARY 2020

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As hard as it is to believe, this month we’re embarking on a brand-new decade. I’m not much for resolutions (considering how many of us fail to keep them, I think they’re a complete waste of time), but I do believe in the value of pausing to look over the last year to assess what I’ve learned. This time around, I’ve decided to take the whole decade into account! From the 2010s, my biggest takeaway has been the value of peaceful resolution and the importance of setting aside emotion in legal disputes. When clients come into my office for the first time, a lot of them are angry. That rage is justifiable. Usually, something or someone is threatening the business they’ve spent so much time, money, and energy building, and that makes it tempting to gear up for a fight. However, I’ve come to realize that caving to that temptation and filing a lawsuit isn’t always the best course of action. In fact, I’d consider it a last resort. If you’ve gone to a lawyer in the past who has encouraged you to go straight to court without attempting to reach an amicable resolution with the other side, odds are they didn’t have your best interests at heart. In other words, they were probably in it for the money. love it if we fought a long, protracted court battle? Sure. But your business would suffer, and that’s the last thing I want to see happen. Lawsuits are incredibly time-consuming and expensive. It’s practically guaranteed that a lawyer on the other side will do their best to make your life miserable, and you’ll be rolling the dice on whether or not your judge To put it bluntly, the only people who benefit from litigation are the lawyers. Would my wallet

who was gearing up for a fight in court. Luckily, my client agreed to try a peaceful resolution, and we convinced the opposition to meet and discuss everyone’s hurt feelings. In the end, the whole dispute lasted two days, and my client owed me less than $1,000. Everyone went home happy and financially sound, which is an outcome I’d love to see in all my cases. In an effort to make that more common, I offer business owners on both sides of disputes the option to hire me. There’s no reason I can’t be the lawyer for both sides when the ultimate goal is to do what’s best for everyone, without the constraints of court or arbitration. As President Eisenhower said, “Compromise is like the middle of the road; always safer to walk on than the edges.” If you’re facing a legal dispute and want to solve it quickly, logically, and without breaking the bank, I can help. Call Gibson Law Group today at (817) 769-4044 to schedule your free consultation.

is competent. I’ve seen clients spend tens of thousands of dollars on legal fees just because they’re angry, and their lawyer encouraged that anger. In my office, you’ll find the opposite. I’ll encourage you to put your emotions aside and help you find a logical, inexpensive solution to your legal problem. In the last 10 years, a lot of clients have resisted my approach. They want to litigate on principle, simply to prove that they’re right and the opposition is wrong. I can see the appeal in taking the moral high ground, but to be frank, being right is rarely worth bankrupting your company or putting your family in debt. Agreeing to resolve your dispute peacefully will also save you time and stress. We can spend an hour or two negotiating with the other side or six months in court — the choice is yours. Just a few months ago, one of my clients faced this very decision. My client was a member of a cultural business group, and one of their teenage children got into an online spat with an adult. Offensive things were said, and the other side hired an expensive lawyer

–David Gibson

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