Yes, it was painful to watch. For those of you that did not see it, Mariah Carey turned in one of the most embarrassing performances of the year on New Year’s Eve. The music was wrong, the back-up singers were late, and her earpiece was not working, among many other issues. Was it a disaster because Mariah Carey is not talented? Because money was not spent on the performance? Because the songs were not good? Not likely. The most rational explanation for the poor showing is lack of preparation. In fact, it was reported that they conducted only one short walk-through before it was shown live to millions of people.
While lack of preparation simply made Mariah look foolish, it can be life altering in a divorce or other legal matter. Like Mariah, an attorney may have talent. You can spend tens of thousands on an attorney’s “performance.” The facts of your case may be excellent. However, an unprepared attorney can cause even the best case to be a disaster. I have witnessed opposing counsel destroy a perfectly good case because they failed to properly prepare themselves and their clients. Don’t let it happen to you.
Proper case preparation should start at the very beginning of your work with an attorney (and NOT the night prior to your trial). Your attorney should get a detailed account of the issues in the case from you. Your attorney should request that you gather initial information that is important to your case. For example, in a divorce issue, the attorney should ask for financial information, relevant text messages and emails, contact information for potential witnesses, social media information, and much more (depending on the situation). Your attorney should provide you with regular updates on your case and you should be properly advised for any deposition, hearing, or trial.
At Spooner & Associates, we take pride in how we prepare our clients and our cases throughout the legal process. Our attorneys take a very active role in advocating for our clients and keeping them informed. We have a reputation of being prepared and can help you solve your legal problems. Don’t let an attorney turn your case into a “lip-sync” disaster by thinking he or she can win by just showing up and winging it. Be prepared when protecting your rights and contact us or call (678) 714-1131.