Article by Nicki Slabbert
For many people, the idea of appointing an attorney can be very intimidating. Perhaps this is because we struggle to see past the long, drawn-out court battles we see on TV. Maybe it’s because we fear the unknown. Or maybe, it’s because we’ve all heard one too many jokes comparing attorneys to sharks.
Whatever the reason, we at England Slabbert want you to know that you have come to the right place. Through this article and those which follow, we hope to provide a simple approach to those daunting conversations and help you feel more comfortable with the law.
Here are some initial thoughts we’d like you to remember:
1. We are on your side:
Let’s start right at the beginning with the most important fact. We are on your side, through the good times and the bad. We’ll stand behind you and catch you during the difficult times, the times that require that someone stand up for your rights and to protect you, your loved ones or your empire. But we are equally excited to stand beside you through the exciting moments in life: the profitable sales, the new business ventures and the strategies to build your future. Take a look at the various services we offer: http://englandslabbert.co.za/services/
2. We are here for you:
Don’t let the stereotype fool you. We are not tied to our desks, nor our ties for that matter. We are just as comfortable in your factory, warehouse or favourite coffee shop as we are around our own boardroom table. It is our job to help you, and that means finding a customized method of fulfilling your legal needs from our very first conversation to what we hope will never be our last. With this in mind, we’d like to emphasize that no case is too big or too small. We encourage you to discuss your budget with us and we will endeavour and find a solution to suit both your pocket and your needs.
3. We sell time:
We understand that for most people, legal services are an abstract, intangible and foreign concept because we cannot always see what attorneys accomplish in a day, week or month. Simply put, attorneys sell time. Although the time required may vary from matter to matter, we strive to explain the steps we have taken by way of regular and easy to read reports which serve as a visual representation of what you have paid for.
4. Not every case needs to go to court:
Your decision to institute legal action should take various factors into account, including whether or not the decision to do so makes good business and financial sense, whether there is any merit in preserving relationships, whether the facts lie in your favour or whether an alternative and amicable solution exists. While we’ll match your appetite to litigate one for one we also understand the importance and subtlety of negotiations and problem-solving and are happy to apply the right amount of pressure on either front.
5. There is no “one-size-fits-all”:
Every case is different and should be determined on its own merits. In order for us to better understand your needs, it helps to have as much informational as you are able to provide us with. We recommend preparing a brief overview of your problem, a timeline of the events leading up to your decision to contact us and having an idea of the outcome you hope to achieve. With this information, we will be able to provide you with a recommended strategy and way forward. Don’t see your problem listed on our website? Call us anyway. We’ll find a way to help you even if it means referring you to one of our colleagues who specialise in a particular field of law.