Attorneys must carefully evaluate a myriad of factors before accepting a case. Here are some reasons, with specific examples, to elucidate why a law firm might decide against representation:
1. Lack of Legal Merit
Example: A desire to sue a restaurant merely because the flavor of the food wasn’t to one’s liking isn’t a valid legal claim.
2. Conflict of Interest
Exam: The firm may have previously represented an entity that a prospective client now wishes to sue.
Example: A case is tied to an incident in a state where the attorney isn’t licensed to practice.
4. Expertise or Resource Limitations
Example: A client presents a convoluted patent dispute, but the firm’s core expertise lies in personal injury.
Example: A breach of contract case involves a dispute over $500, but anticipated legal costs might run into thousands.
6. Overwhelming Caseload
Example: The firm’s active involvement in multiple intricate litigations might prevent taking on additional clients.
7. Potential Adverse Outcomes
Example: A high-profile case might bring unwarranted attention and affect the firm’s standing.
8. Timeline Concerns
Example: A client approaches an injury from five years prior, but the legal window to file is typically two years.
9. Personal or Ethical Reasons
Example: A case may technically be sound but could conflict with an attorney’s personal values.
10. Incomplete or Unreliable Information
Example: Discrepancies in a client’s account of an incident might raise concerns.
11. Client’s Attitude or Sense of Entitlement
Attorneys value a productive, respectful relationship with clients. A demeanor that is combative, entitled, or dismissive might factor into the decision to decline representation.
12. Professional Discretion
Remember, attorneys have chosen their profession and are not obligated to accept every case. Like any professional, they have the prerogative to decide which cases align with their interests, capacity, and values.
If you are seeking representation from The Mines Law Firm and believe your case aligns with our expertise and values, we invite you to contact us.