Attorney Stereotype Not Accurate

There are few professions more vilified than that of the divorce attorney (except maybe used car salesman.) Insulting lawyers is practically a sport. We hear lawyer jokes in line at the grocery store. There are comics and Facebook pages designed to malign attorneys. The interesting dichotomy is that if you listen to our clients, you hear exactly the opposite – that we were there for them during one of the hardest times of their lives. We supported them. Answered their questions. Advocated for them in the courtroom and genuinely cared about them. We gave them their best chance at moving Continue Reading…

Limited Scope Representation Makes Sense in Michigan

It’s the right time for Limited Scope Representation in Michigan Currently, Michigan Legal Ethics standards do not allow attorneys to represent clients for parts of their cases. In other states, Limited Scope Representation enables clients to get help with just certain parts of their legal matters. For instance, in Missouri, a potential client could handle most of the document filing themselves and only work with an attorney for court appearances. According to the Missouri Lawyers Help article, 7 Things you should know about Limited Scope Representation, “LSR is an efficient way for clients who cannot afford the cost of hiring Continue Reading…

Top 6 Frequently Asked Legal Questions Answered

I hear a vast variety of legal questions during my free family law consultations with potential clients. Some are individual, but some seem to follow reoccurring themes. The following are the top 6 frequently asked legal questions answered in a blog: Are you a Tiger? Other variations on this question include, “Are you aggressive?” And “Are you a Warrior Lawyer?” The gist is that people tend to want a fighter on their side. When they are feeling uncertain and vulnerable in the face of a new and contentious legal situation, they want someone who is able to fight for them. Continue Reading…

Case Selection Process Explained

We at Kathryn Wayne-Spindler & Associates know that it can be frustrating shopping for an attorney. We hear from potential clients that other firms won’t even take their calls or that they’re automatically dismissed based on income. Attorneys sometimes get a bad rap for turning down clients or refusing to work pro bono. Kathryn Wayne-Spindler wants potential clients to know three things about her case selection process. Highland Attorney Case Selection Process 1) “I’m happy to listen.” There’s a stereotype that attorneys are aloof and unreachable. For some that maybe true. Many law firms are so busy that potential clients Continue Reading…

Should you hug your family law attorney?

To Hug? Or Not to Hug your family law attorney? That is the question. On the one hand, a family law attorney is a seasoned professional. Someone who went to years of post-graduate school, passed the bar exam and endured years of grueling training. This person is most likely driven, competitive, professional, impressive (possibly even intimidating) and confident. When you hire an attorney, you expect them to be competent and assertive. Some attorneys would be offended at the informality of hugging – or at the very least, the assumption that all women attorneys are huggers. Female attorney, Deanne M. Koll Continue Reading…

Legal Process Expectations

Four Myths of Legal Process Expectations For many first-time legal clients, the legal process can be complex and confusing. Most people don’t have a lot of experience with lawsuits or courtroom behavior. Sometimes people build their expectations of either the outcome, or procedure based on stories from friends, movies, or other unreliable sources. For our new clients, here are four somewhat common myths of legal process expectations and the realistic explanations of what to expect. Commerce Divorce Attorney Explains How Infidelity Impacts Divorce MYTH 1 – Proving infidelity will give an advantage in division of property or alimony. “Judges see hundreds Continue Reading…

Mindfulness – An Anecdote to Legal Stress

There is much talk in the legal world of stress, alcoholism and depression among young attorneys. Recently, a landmark comprehensive study showed that up to one third of young lawyers may be struggling with alcohol abuse or mental health issues. There are multiple obvious explanations for their level of stress. In article after article, there are reminders for attorneys to see a doctor; meditate; seek mental health treatment; cut back on drinking; exercise; practice yoga or Tai Chi; get a massage; etc. And while all of these suggestions are beneficial for attorneys, many of these stress-producing situations are also present Continue Reading…

Identity Theft Prevention Tips

More than 12 million citizens have been the victims of Identity Theft already in 2015. Contact the law office of Kathryn Wayne-Spindler & Associates to find out tips for Identity Theft Protection “The 2015 Identity Fraud Study, released by Javelin Strategy & Research, found that $16 billion was stolen from 12.7 million U.S. consumers in 2014, compared with $18 billion and 13.1 million victims a year earlier. There was a new identity fraud victim every two seconds in 2014,” according to the Insurance Information Institute article, “Identity Theft and Cybercrime.” Although these statistics show Identity Theft incidents declining slightly since Continue Reading…

Legal Retainers: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Paying a Lawyer There are about as many variations on legal retainers as there are attorneys. Kathryn Wayne-Spindler has seen them all in her 21 years of law practice with many different firms. After experiencing the upsides and downsides of many law payment structures, she has arrived at what she believes is the most efficient and cost-effective retainer system – the Refundable Retainer. Refundable Legal Retainers In this system, the lawyer confers with the client to explain the action required in the case and the predicted cost. Then the client transfers an upfront sum – either the predicted total or the Continue Reading…