Why Everything Takes So Long

May 22, 2007 – 9:00 am

One of the greatest frustrations for clients in family law situations can be the length of time things seem to take. What may seem like a simple procedure to a client, for example, the drafting of a separation agreement, can stretch on for months. On occasion, family law litigation can take several years to complete.

Often a client has no control over many of the causes of the delay. Busy courts, overworked lawyers, and delay by the “other side” can all have a negative impact on getting the job done. Nevertheless there are some things a client can do to avoid unnecessary delay.

If a request is made, typically for financial information, it is important to get the requested information promptly. Be organized as well. It will only delay matters if a client gives their lawyer a mass of disorganized invoices, pay slips and income tax returns. Certainly the lawyer or their staff will eventually get everything organized but much time delay (and expense) can be avoided if a client takes responsibility for putting together the financial information in the form requested.

Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for time estimates from your lawyer. If things are not being done within the time estimated, then find out why. Often delay can be reduced or eliminated if there is regular communication between the lawyer and their client so that both know what needs to be done and when.

If you have questions call or email our office – (250) 656-3961 – reception@mclott.com

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