Managing “wasted time” – Dealing with non-lawyer adversaries

Few experiences in a lawyer’s work are as infuriating as having your time wasted by a lay adversary.

But it is easy to allow frustration to steer you off the path to a desired outcome, or to a good result in litigation. The sooner you realize the futility of convincing someone incapable of understanding why you are right, the faster you will reach the best result for your client. In my April Canadian Lawyer column, you will find that interacting with non-lawyers still requires you to think strategically.

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Peu d’expériences dans le travail d’un avocat sont aussi exaspérants que le temps perdu par un adversaire laïc.

Mais il est facile de laisser la frustration vous désorienter. Le plus tôt que vous vous rendez compte de la futilité de convaincre quelqu’un incapable de comprendre pourquoi vous avez raison, le plus vite que vous cesserez de gaspiller l’effort et l’argent de votre client.  Dans ma colonne d’Avril dans Canadian Lawyer, vous trouverez des histoires au sujet del’interaction avec des non-juristes dans des situations problématiques.

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