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5 Qualities That Smart Clients Look for in a Lawyer

Most often people only start looking for lawyers when disaster has already struck, stress levels are highest, and they are in neither the emotional state nor the right frame of mind to choose a lawyer that will be the best fit for them and their legal needs. When people are panicked they make rash choices, or foolishly follow the advice of well-meaning family or friends who have no business giving this kind of advice.

But the client pool is also made up of people who are sophisticated, smart, and who plan ahead. It is said in business that a relationship with an attorney is like a marriage: it takes time to develop. If you are hoping for these kinds of clients, here are a list of qualities you might want to cultivate because these are the first five qualities savvy clients looks for in a lawyer.

Police Bust Lawyers' House Party, City Pays $1.5M Settlement

If there's any house the police want to be careful about busting into, it's the house of a power couple pair of attorneys.

The town of Westfield, New Jersey has just agreed to settle federal civil rights claims brought by Lawrence Rolnik and Kimberly Sorrentino -- both lawyers. The case was sparked when police arrived at their home in response to an alleged 'drunken brawl' in front of their home. Only $1.15 million dollars later, all is forgiven.

It's the Ides of Movember and college campuses, corporate offices, and even law firms are filling up with the wispiest of brostaches. Movember, also known as No-Shave November, is the annual charity drive for men's health issues. It's the month where barefaced lads start growing facial hair and collecting money for prostate cancer, mental health, and similar causes. Think of it like a breast cancer marathon, but without any of the physical effort.

But if you're a lawyer or law student tasked with growing a 'stache while maintaining a professional appearance, Movember can be a trying month.

Judge Tosses T. Swift Lawsuit, Has Too Much Fun Writing Opinion

Federal Judge Gail Standish recently dismissed a $42 million lawsuit against mega-pop star Taylor Swift in which plaintiff Jesse Braham alleged that Swift ripped off his lyrics.

Just any old dismissal wouldn't fit the occasion, however. The judge decided to have some fun and wrote, "[a]t present, the Court is not saying that Braham can never, ever, ever get his case back in court," but that Braham had "bullet holes" in his case. "At least for the moment, Defendants have shaken off this lawsuit." Ouch?

What's the worst form of government? Student government. And nowhere can this be seen more clearly than the University of Missouri School of Law short-lived new social media policy dreamt up by the (apparently Stalinist) students of the Student Bar Association.

Did we say social media policy? Orwellian thought control program might be a better description. Say that on Facebook, though, and you could face the wrath of the Mizzou SBA.

Casey Anthony's Lawyer Gets 5 Months in Federal Prison

A lawyer who represented Casey Anthony was sentenced to federal prison earlier this week after he pleaded guilty to charges of fraud.

The Rancho Santa Fe PI attorney pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud earlier this year. He also admitted that he forged client signatures, and used notary stamps to convince investors to advance him millions of dollars, reports the Patch.

Lawyer Posts Marketing Flyers at Punk Festival

An attorney in Gainesville, Florida, has, rather strategically, tailored his ads to appeal to a decidedly counter-culture target audience. Specifically, he targeted the youth at Gainesville's yearly punk event, the Fest, by posting flyers around the event with the words, "Arrested during The Fest?"

Is this genius lawyer marketing, or is it ambulance chasing?

Prosecutor Threatens to Shoot Halloween Decorations, Gets Suspended

A lawyer in West Virginia has been suspended after reacting badly to some fake plastic spider Halloween decorations. How badly? He pulled out a gun and threatened to shoot them.

We've come a long way from the simple :). That little smiley, invented over 30 years ago, has now been supplemented by a host of emoticons and emojis, the little pictorial characters meant to convey a writer's mood, expression, or, well, whatever a frog face, burrito, and dancing woman are supposed to mean.

And there, of course, is the rub. Often, emoticons can add more ambiguity than clarity to a message. So what's a court to do when "I'm going to kill you :P" is admitted as the prosecution's smoking gun?

5 Ridiculous Lawyer Stock Photo Stereotypes

Many lawyers were initially drawn to the practice of law because of the sex appeal and image of it all. Think back to all those shiny law school brochures beckoning you to be part of the lawyer club. No doubt the brochures were jam packed with stock photos of lawyers exuding black-suited power.

Stock photos capture all the stereotypes of the lawyer. Here's how to be a lawyer as portrayed by stock photography: