The Expense of Not Listening to Your Attorney

I am not always correct.  I said it, and yes, I mean it.

However, there are a lot of instances in a divorce case where you need to listen to your attorney and trust that your attorney has your best interests at heart.  For instance, this weekend I met with a client who wanted to file for divorce on Monday before her husband left on a job assignment on Tuesday for the summer.  We had one day to get him served the papers, and had planned to effect service with a private process server.  My client calls me very early Monday morning  and advised me that she did not want him served, that he would come to my office and pick up the papers.  I urged her to go ahead and let the process server do his job, because without service, we could not move forward.  She was relying on the conversations she and her spouse had the previous day, however, when I called him to pick up the documents, he advised me he was leaving town immediately and would not pick up the papers.

I do not want to say I told you so, but just remember that there is a reason you and your spouse are getting divorced, and most likely it has to do with communication and/or trust.  There are certain aspects of the legal process you need to leave up to your attorney, and this was one of those decisions.   I am an advocate for keeping lines of communication open, but not when it is going to negatively effect my client.

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