I’m the attorney; not the babysitter

Posted Friday, March 25th, 2011 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, Of Interest to General Public

I had an opposing attorney call me this morning asking if my client’s plans had changed since yesterday.  When we confirmed her plans  the previous

Expressing scepticism about clients’ (and potential clients’) cases

Posted Saturday, October 9th, 2010 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

I shared a recent blog with a past client I highly praised in the penultimate paragraph.  I was somewhat taken aback when she responded with

Hell hath no fury…

Posted Thursday, October 7th, 2010 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Divorce and Marriage, Law and Culture, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

I tell my divorce clients that I cannot make them happy; I can only get them to a place in which they can pursue happiness.

We are raising our grandchildren’s parents

Posted Thursday, October 7th, 2010 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Child Custody, Law and Culture, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to General Public

One of my insights in the second family law article I ever had published was“[a]lways recognize (and remind your client) that a custody case is

Owning one’s “choice”

Posted Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants

I provided a consult/second opinion recently with a fact pattern that is both distressing and common.  The litigant had executed a domestic agreement that was

Facebook and the Legal World: Can Law and Culture co-exist?

Posted Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Guardians Ad Litem, Miscellaneous, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, Rules of Professional (Lawyer) Conduct

This weekend I asked for guest blogs.  Having recently seen David Fincher’s excellent new movie about the birth of facebook, The Social Network, Taylor Long’s

Forgoing initial retainers in the expectation of payment later

Posted Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Attorney's Fees, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

A few of the new attorneys in my suite asked for my views on forgoing initial retainers in family court cases in which one might

Letting good clients subsidize deadbeat clients

Posted Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Attorney's Fees, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys, Rules of Professional (Lawyer) Conduct

I am amazed at how many family law attorneys accept a collections rate of 75%, or less, on their billing.  Basically they are letting their

Winning too big

Posted Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Litigation Strategy, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

Very early in my career I handled my first contested custody case which resulted in my client, a young medical student, obtaining custody of his

The attorneys or clients who cry wolf

Posted Friday, May 21st, 2010 by Gregory Forman
Filed under Attorney-Client Relations, Jurisprudence, Not South Carolina Specific, Of Interest to Family Court Litigants, Of Interest to Family Law Attorneys

In Aesop’s fable of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” a shepherd boy entertains himself by repeatedly pretending a wolf is attacking his sheep.  Each time

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