Everything’s filed and delivered to the court and your attorney says now it’s time to wait for the judicial process to unfold. And it does, but often at an excruciatingly slow pace. Our legal gurus offered some suggestions below on how you can minimize the headaches that inevitably come along with any court filing.
Remind Yourself How You Have a Great Legal Team
Dealing with the stress that comes with an ongoing case begins with having the right legal team on your side. When you know you have an experienced, proven, and understanding attorney or law firm fighting for you, you can also reassure yourself that no matter how complicated the case may get, they are capable enough to see things through. The dialogues you have with the team, the updates you receive, the assurances that come your way with each small win in court, and even the knowledge they share with you on every legal step all come together to help you breathe easy.
Manage Your Expectations
The best piece of advice that I can give to a client after a case has been filed is to manage their expectations. The system moves slowly. They must understand that they can’t control every aspect. They can put the odds on their side and minimize stress by working with the right team and being knowledgeable about the law, facts, and process.
Have Counsel That Has the Right Balance Between Transparency & Initiative
One important thing that helps take away stress while your case is ongoing is having counsel that has the right balance between transparency and initiative. This means you must find a lawyer who respects your boundaries and knows how to keep you in the loop regarding the case without demanding too much of your time and attention.
The lawyer or law firm you’re working with must also have enough initiative to keep the wheels running without conferring with you every time. This is what I consider boutique service, and it’s a bit challenging to find this among legal service providers.
Try To Be Objective
Try to be objective when evaluating the legal and factual factors of your case. This will help you work out all the possibilities including you losing the case. Become aware of the worst possible scenario. Once you do that, come up with strategies to resolve if needed. This way your stress and fear of the ongoing court case will reduce.
Just because you cannot deal with the stress does not mean you should opt out of the matter. Discuss this with your lawyer. If you think your case is weak, come up with a settlement with the opponent. Realistically analyzing the entire scenario will help you a lot in managing stress.
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