Have you ever represented a client you truly disliked? We’re looking for your best tips & techniques for dealing with difficult clients.
What do you do when the client you most dislike is seated on your side of the table? Have you ever taken on a client you came to detest? How did you handle that person and/or situation?
Family Lawyer Magazine is looking for your best tips and techniques for dealing with difficult clients and cases.
So – how do you stay calm, cool, and collected when an angry client is blaming you for something beyond your control?
What if it escalates to the point where an extremely high-net-worth client – one who represents considerable revenue to your firm – loses control and is yelling insults, racial/religious/sexist slurs, or threats at you?
Is it possible to avoid taking on difficult clients in the first place – without sacrificing a big chunk of your firm’s revenues?
If all else fails, how do you fire a Narcissistic “Captain of Industry” without having them “burn it down” as they leave?
Get Media Exposure: Dealing with Difficult Clients & Cases
Family Lawyer Magazine is calling for submissions of quick tips as well as 500- to 1,200-word articles with your best advice and techniques for dealing with difficult clients and cases.
Articles of 500-words+ will receive a byline as well as a 40-word bio with a link to your firm’s website at the end of your article.
We’re looking for the top “Difficult Client Whisperers” in the family law arena to share some of their secrets with us. If this describes you, please send an email to Editors@FamilyLawyerMagazine.com attaching your contribution or telling us what you’d like to write about, or fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
Potential Topics for Your Tips
Speaking from your own experience – or that of a mentor or other professional you admire – what advice do you have for dealing with difficult clients and cases, including:
- extremely demanding or disrespectful clients
- spiteful or vengeful clients
- fundamentally unlikeable clients
- unethical clients
- those you discover to be habitual liars
- those you believe have committed marital fraud
- classic Narcissists or those with Borderline Personality Disorder
- high conflict divorce cases
- difficult custody cases: perhaps including international or interstate issues
- very high-asset and/or high-income cases
- cases where your client views achieving anything less than 100% of their demands as a failure on your part
- judges who are clearly biased against your client because of race, religion, gender, or sexuality
- how to avoid taking on clients who will never be happy with their settlement – even when it is actually biased in their favor.
All articles conforming to our Guidelines will appear on this website, and some may be selected to run in the next issue of Family Lawyer Magazine.