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Written by AskTheLawyers.com™ on behalf of Jonathan Jamieson with Phillips Law Group.
Client advocacy is essentially what it sounds like; the priority a lawyer places on their client’s interests above all else. Client advocacy is an element of the litigation process that many attorneys seek additional training in to strengthen their ability to advocate for their client’s wishes.
Many attorneys that undergo additional client advocacy training are regarded as trial attorneys; trial attorneys generally have more experience in the actual courtroom than other attorneys who might have more experience settling out of court. The kind of attorney you need could vary depending on your case. For example, if it seems unlikely that you will receive a fair settlement outside of court, it might be wise to seek help from a trial attorney.
Another part of advocacy is the actual act of advocating; in other words, the act of pleading for or arguing in favor of something.
In the field of law, this translates to a good attorney representing their clients’ interests in the most effective way possible, often in court proceedings. While client advocacy might look exciting and dramatic thanks to legal dramas on television, in reality, it looks different in every case. What a lawyer might need to do to advocate most effectively for one client could be a hindrance to a different case.
In most situations, the client advocacy process is not nearly as showy and loud as it appears in the media.
If you find yourself in need of an attorney, don’t forget to focus on what kind of client advocacy a potential legal representative has to offer. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and request references to see how other clients felt about working with a specific attorney. It is important to find a compassionate attorney who understands your situation and is committed to protecting your interests in trial if necessary. To learn more about client advocacy or to discuss your case with a professional, seek legal counsel.
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