In one of my favorite (albeit somewhat inaccurate) legal TV shows is Suits there is an interesting metaphor used by one of the shows main characters Harvey Spector in the show when he is trying to teach a lesson to his new legal associate, Mike Ross.
Harvey asks, “What are your choices when someone puts a gun to your head?”
Stunned, Mike replies, “What are you talking about? You do what they say or they shoot you.”
Harvey replies back, “WRONG. You take the gun, or you pull out a bigger one. Or, you call their bluff. Or, you do any one of a hundred-and-forty-six other things.”
While this may not be the best advice when someone is literally holding a gun to your head (I’ll leave that to the security experts), it is great advice when your dealing with legal or financial problems that may arise in your life or business.
All to often, clients, and indeed attorneys, get caught looking at problems with a on/off, this or that approach. The reality is that in the law, there are almost always more than two options. When approaching estate planning issues, probate problems, business conflicts, or problem tenants, there is always “More then one way to skin a cat.” An effective legal councilor will not jump at the first solution they think of, as they know, typically if they spend a little time brainstorming they can come up with some creative solutions that will accomplish the job better.
That is one reason why creative problem solving is so important in effective legal counsel. So, when you are looking for someone to represent you, make sure to ask them “What are your choices when someone puts a gun to your head?”.
Here at The Weil Law Group, PA we know the answer, any one of a hundred-and-forty-six other things that will solve the problem with the least potential for negative consequences. Give us a call at 954-603-7603 or contact us to see how we can solve your problems.