Izquierdo Law Firm February 2018

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Why Didn’t You Call Me?

I can’t tell you how often I’ve talked to a client who’s had a bad experience with lawyers before and didn’t know I could help. I hear about child custody gone wrong or inheritance run amok, and I always find myself asking the same question: “Why didn’t you call me?” “No matter what you’re going through, if you call me, I will help you find someone who can handle your case — the right way.” I get that. It’s true that there are many different areas of law. The work I do with criminal cases is totally different than what someone who handles tax law does, and neither of us have much in common with a trust, wills, and estate attorney. This is especially true for solo practitioners like me. In order to give the best client service, I really have to focus on limited areas. Some bigger firms handle multiple areas of law, but they usually do that by hiring attorneys with experience in different legal fields. Usually, the answer is, “Well, you don’t practice that kind of law. I figured you couldn’t help.”

“the back of the phone book.” The fact is, there are a lot of attorneys out there. Many of them are great, and some of them aren’t. But if you’re not a member of the legal industry, it’s hard to tell which are which. I may not practice all areas of law, but I know good lawyers in every area. No matter what you’re going through, if you call me, I will help you find someone who can handle your case — the right way. Legal issues cost money, and they take time. If your case is handled by someone who doesn’t have your best interests at heart or is out of their depth, the fallout can be disastrous and long-lasting. You may still feel the effects years down the road, or it might take the better part of a decade to rebuild your life. I don’t want that for any of my clients. I got into this business to help people, and that’s exactly what I want to do. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than seeing justice work for my clients. If that means referring them to an attorney that I trust, then I’m happy to do so. Don’t go alone or by the back of the phone book. When you have a legal issue in your life, I want to be your first phone call, even if you need help with an area of law that I don’t practice. If you need help with a divorce, settling a civil suit, or creating a will, call me first — seriously.

When I ask people how they found the attorneys that didn’t do a very good job, they usually say “TV ads” or

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