Randall and I have both weighed in (here’s Randall and here’s me) with tips for asking a lawyer for advice, but Texas lawyer-blogger Mark Bennett has some valuable tips, too.

[W]hen you ask for advice, explain what you think the problem is …. Then explain what work you’ve already done to find the answer …. Then—and only then—explain the facts.

A thousand times this. In fact, this goes for more experienced lawyers and non-substantive topics, too. Bar association listservs are littered with brain-dead subject lines like “Thoughts on defending a deposition …” and “What do you think about Dropbox?” with no further context or explanation. Then the poster gets offended when you send a snarky response.

But I digress. Just go read Mark’s post before you ask a lawyer for advice, whether it’s on suppressing drugs or which scanner to buy.

The Small Firm Scorecard example graphic.

The Small Firm ScorecardTM

Is your law firm structured to succeed in the future?

The practice of law is changing. You need to understand whether your firm is positioned for success in the coming years. Our free Small Firm Scorecard will identify your firm’s strengths and weaknesses in just a few minutes.

Leave a Reply