Paralegal Breakfast, PBC Justice Association

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Paralegal Breakfast, PBC Justice Association

  1. 1. Do YOU Know What Lawyers Are Afraid Of? (You should.) Justice Association Paralegal Breakfast October 24, 2008
  2. 2. What Lawyers Fear Most #1 <ul><li>Sarah Palin </li></ul><ul><li>Fox News </li></ul><ul><li>Client’s undisclosed medical condition </li></ul>
  3. 3. What Lawyers Fear Most #2 <ul><li>Diana Lewis </li></ul><ul><li>Hunting with Dick Cheney </li></ul><ul><li>Client’s undisclosed prior convictions for DUI, reckless driving, and grand theft auto </li></ul>
  4. 4. What Lawyers Fear Most #3 <ul><li>Televangelists </li></ul><ul><li>The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy </li></ul><ul><li>Surveillance video of client dancing on tabletop at strip club </li></ul>
  5. 5. What Lawyers Fear Most <ul><li>What they DON’T KNOW about their OWN clients when they walk into deposition </li></ul>
  6. 6. Calm Their Fears <ul><li>Have a system </li></ul><ul><li>Use a checklist for all the records (we gave you one) </li></ul><ul><li>Get it early </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the “dogs” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Call For Help <ul><li>Check out your client as much as the insurance company will </li></ul><ul><li>Send your investigator to the client’s house and see what’s going on </li></ul><ul><li>Get as many photos and statements as possible </li></ul><ul><li>Get all the records from all the places </li></ul>
  8. 8. Ease Their Pain- Make Your Life Easier Justice Association Paralegal Breakfast October 24, 2008

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