I can be your advocate and consultant, or your weapon
This article details the various ways you can utilize legal counsel to represent you
Being an Attorney and Counselor at Law has meaningUnder New York State law, only a lawyer who is a member of the New York State Bar can hold himself out as an Attorney and Counselor at Law. When you hire an attorney what you are retaining will be up to you. Do you want someone to give you advice and guide you through the process, or do you want a weapon to deploy at your will.
Honestly, we can do either. Nor do we care which role you want us to fulfill. That will be up to you. There are advantages to both methods of managing legal services you purchase.
Advantages of Retaining Counsel to Counsel, Consult and AdviseThe main advantage of hiring a lawyer to rely upon him as a true counselor and consultant is that your lawyer has been through this before. Consequently, he or she knows the lay of the land and the best path to success. By relying on your lawyer and a counselor they can advise you on the pros and cons of contemplating each step so you can make an informed decision on how to handle your case.
Advantages of Retaining Counsel as a Battering RamThe biggest advantage of retaining a lawyer to be your weapon of mass destruction is because boy, is it fun. Within the bounds of the law, a lawyer can reap holy hell on your adversary. You can cost them time and money, and make them regret ever messing with you.
Costs associated with both approoachesRetaining counsel to deploy them as a weapon is always much more costly then hiring an attorney to consult and guide. This is because when the client wants total or almost total control over how the litigation proceeds it always takes longer. Moreover, putting the legal papers together, making the filings, and following up is difficult and time consuming. In addition, there are risks involved. When you zealously fight there is no guarantee that you won't get push back. You move to dismiss their case does not always put them on the defensive. Many times they cross move against you. which now puts you on the defensive.
Contrast this to a lawyer whom you are going to follow his lead. In that they have control over the work it will take less time, and the lawyer will have more certitude. This equates into lower legal fees. In addition, your lawyer will discuss with you your main goals and concerns and then tailor a plan that has laser focus on getting that. This allows the controversy to end much sooner.