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You are having lunch with a friend from law school. She is about to set up shop as a sole practitioner. During the course of your conversation, you ask her if she has turned her mind to client screening and she says: “Beggars can’t be choosers – why should I waste my time?”
Based on the material in this module, what is the best advice you can give your friend?
Sarah receives a call from a potential client named Alex. During their initial conversation, Alex explains that he has a lot going on. Alex recently lost his job due to what he believes was wrongful termination. He is also in the midst of a messy divorce and is concerned about child custody arrangements. In addition, Alex is dealing with a landlord-tenant dispute regarding a rental property he owns.
Alex is seeking legal advice and representation for all three issues simultaneously. He explains that he’s been researching extensively and made phone calls to a few lawyers for each specific matter. Alex wants to find a lawyer who can handle all his legal concerns.
While discussing the issues with Alex, Sarah notes that each matter seems to be distinct and unrelated. The employment issue involves labor laws and contractual disputes, the divorce requires expertise in family law, and the landlord-tenant dispute pertains to property and rental agreements.
True or False: Seeking legal advice on a variety of unrelated issues, without a clear and consistent legal thread connecting them, is a warning sign that Alex is going to be a challenging client to manage.