When considering any legal action, is a bulldog the best thing to have
in your corner? In my opinion, the answer is a resounding NO!
I'm astounded by how many of my colleagues promote themselves as "bulldogs."
In fact, the best attorney to have is one that acts in your best interest
without any hesitation of going to court when appropriate.
A “bulldog” in the common use of the term is an aggressive
attorney who is will litigate every issue, turn every technicality into
a sordid trail of paperwork - and bills. A bulldog attorney generally
will not get you the best results; a bulldog attorney will be very costly,
as it is very expensive to bring motions continuously and delay the eventual
trial. Judges don't like it either (just a hint).
Most people simply cannot afford such unnecessary litigation activity and
will run out of money before they reach trial. And guess what happens
next? The bulldog attorney - seeing that you can no longer pay his fees
and then withdraw from the case, leaving you without means to afford legal
A bulldog attorney is unlikely to help you make the best business decisions
in your case. He or she will advise that you litigate on every issue to
obtain the maximum award. But think about the rule of attrition and diminishing
returns. Isn't the bulldog approach tantamount to "winning the
battle but losing the war"?
Take for example the bulldog attorney who advised her client to proceed
with a hearing to increase
spousal support for a relatively small amount. To prevail at such a hearing, the client
had to retain an expert to conduct something called "a vocational
examination." For that, the client needed to subpoena certain bank
and employment records, employ additional filing costs, and so on and
so forth. The NET cost through the end of the hearing was $7,000 and the
increase in spousal support was barely $7,000 over two years. My advice:
settle the matter for a bit less, leave your attorney with fewer bills,
avoid the hassles and get on with rebuilding your life sooner.
The best type of attorney is one that will advise you of your alternative
options and guide you to what is in your best interest. To have such an
attorney, it is important to find one that regularly litigates issues
and is comfortable in the courtroom, but also adept at settling cases,
rather than encouraging a battle of egos.
If you are considering filing for divorce and are seeking an attorney who
you can trust to keep your best interests at heart, we invite you to
contact The Buncher Law Corporation. Our Irvine divorce lawyers are standing by
to offer you the assistance and guidance you need.