June 18, 2012
Henry Gornbein: How Should Your Attorney Act in Court?
An associate was recently telling me about her experience with an attorney in court. The attorney was making misrepresentations to the judge. The judge was trying to question her and get to the point. The attorney wouldn’t stop talking and she would not stay on point. This is a case where the attorney is clearly doing a disservice to her client. It made me think of some things that attorneys should do to more effectively represent a client in divorce court. Here are my do’s and don’ts:
1. In preparing pleadings, whether for a motion or a brief, be brief and stay on point. In your motion, or in a brief, give reasons as to what you want and why. Make it clear to the judge what you want for a client.