What if My Lawyer and Opposing Counsel Are Friends?
You may notice at some point in your case, your attorney and the opposing counsel seem to be on friendly terms. While this can seem alarming, in most cases it’s completely normal.
Most of us have a preconceived notion about attorneys. You think you need a bull dog who doesn’t get along with anyone, right? Wrong. Attorneys are like any other industry in the fact that although two colleagues may compete with one another, they can still maintain respect for each other and the skill set it takes to be a successful attorney.
A good attorney should have the ability to dig in their heels when they need to. They should also have the ability to play nice and shake hands if needed to open the lines of negotiation. If you have an attorney that shows utter disdain for every attorney they come in contact with, they may actually cost you more time and money, refusing to consider settlement opportunities.
Attorneys that have good relationships with other attorneys can actually help your case become resolved more quickly. Your attorney’s relationship with opposing counsel shouldn’t negatively impact your case, but if it becomes a concern, you should certainly discuss your concerns with your attorney. When attorneys are familiar with the opposing side and their style of work, it helps them to be more readily prepared and can also assist in strategizing.
Friendships Can Bring Successful Resolutions
Ultimately, it isn’t uncommon for attorneys in the community to have a friendly relationship. Don’t be afraid if you even see the attorneys partake in some light banter back and forth. Being knee deep in law all day can be extremely stressful, so playful banter can often ease the tension that often goes along with family law. Your attorney having a positive relationship with opposing counsel doesn’t mean your attorney isn’t doing everything they can to get a successful resolution, it simply means they are familiar with other professionals in their line of work, which is normal.
In our years of family law experience, the attorneys at Burton Law have had the opportunity to rub shoulders with many skilled attorneys in along the Wasatch Front. We have a good relationship with many attorneys and other professionals in the area. If you have questions about divorce, custody, paternity, child support, alimony, mediation, or other Utah family law matters, contact us today to speak with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.
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