What Every Good Lawyer Wants You to Know

What Every Good Lawyer Wants You to Know

An Insider's Guide on How to Reduce Stress, Reduce Costs and Get the Most From Your Lawyer

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
110 Pages
Reviewed on 10/24/2016
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Author Biography

Francine R. Tone is a lawyer, licensed to practice law in the State of California and is the managing partner of the law firm of Tone & Tone, Attorneys at Law. She is also an Appellate Law Specialist, certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. She has also sat as a judge pro tem for almost 20 years.

Ms. Tone has been practicing law since 1989. Her firm handles appeals from a variety of fields and handles business and real estate litigation and transactions. Ms. Tone now primarily devotes her practice to appeals and providing services to trial attorneys to develop and preserve technical legal issues for trial and for pursuing or defending an appeal.

In addition to her firm’s own experience with clients, her extensive involvement with other lawyers and their clients and her experience as a client led her to produce this book.

Ms. Tone lives in the mountain community in Truckee, California, a ski resort town, with her husband and law partner. There she enjoys skiing during the winter and paddleboarding on Lake Tahoe in the summer. She is an accomplished athlete, a fully certified ski instructor and alpine skiing coach, and paddleboard coach. When not pursuing her athletic passion in Tahoe, you can find her surfing her paddleboard in Hawaii.

Today, Ms. Tone is pursuing yet another of her passions to help women and girls identify and achieve their dreams by developing clarity, confidence, courage and control through her leadership and motivation training.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

What Every Good Lawyer Wants You to Know: An Insider's Guide on How to Reduce Stress, Reduce Costs and Get the Most From Your Lawyer is a legal reference book for consumers written by Francine R. Tone. Tone has been a practicing attorney since 1989 and has also served as a judge pro tem for almost 20 years. She found herself in need of an attorney when she faced legal action over the breakup of a former law firm, which gave her invaluable insights into what goes on in the mind of a client. Lawsuits are expensive, time-consuming and confusing, no matter whether you're the aggrieved party or the defendant in the case at hand. This book does not replace the need for a lawyer nor does it give the reader solutions on how to personally deal with one’s legal problems. What it does do is introduce the reader to the legal process. Tone explains what a good lawyer is and how to select one. She discusses the need for the attorney and client to feel they can work together for a satisfactory conclusion, and she offers sample questions to ask the attorney you're considering hiring. From there, she covers fee agreements, settlements and arbitration, and she provides a brief look at the procedural steps that comprise a case. Throughout the text, she explains what actions a client can do to assist his/her attorney and, to save costs, and she cautions against activities that will negatively affect the lawyer/client relationship as well as the final outcome of the case.

Francine R. Tone's legal reference book for non-lawyers, What Every Good Lawyer Wants You to Know: An Insider's Guide on How to Reduce Stress, Reduce Costs and Get the Most From Your Lawyer, quickly gets past the emotions, the hostility and combativeness that accompany lawsuits and shows the layman how to navigate the legal process from selecting an attorney to reaching a settlement or verdict. Tone presents her subject using her own situation as an example of the need for an impartial, good attorney to act for you, whether you're the plaintiff or the defendant. As I read her opening chapter, I was reminded of the old saying that an attorney who represents his/herself has a fool for a client, and Tone eloquently explains the truth of that adage. Tone's discussion on how to select a good attorney is invaluable, and her presentation of what happens after one decides to file a lawsuit should be required reading for anyone who is considering suing another party or finds themselves in the position of defendant in a legal case. Tone's book is decidedly free of lawyer-speak and legal jargon, and her literate and informative style of writing was a pleasure to read. Her book gives enough information to allow the reader some familiarity with the legal process and to feel more in control of what can be a decidedly stressful, scary and costly series of events. In her appendix, she includes a number of resources as well as a copy of the Lawyer's Code of Ethics and a Glossary of legal terms. What Every Good Lawyer Wants You to Know: An Insider's Guide on How to Reduce Stress, Reduce Costs and Get the Most From Your Lawyer is most highly recommended.

Mamta Madhavan

What Every Good Lawyer Wants You to Know: An Insider’s Guide on How to Reduce Stress, Reduce Costs and Get the Most From Your Lawyer by Francine R. Tone is an excellent guide on how to choose a good lawyer for addressing legal issues. The book also gives assistance about what one should know before an ordinary person goes for the services of an attorney to address their legal issues. The client will always be in a better position if they are prepared for the experience of going through the legal process, and they will be less stressed and frustrated with the turn of events.

The author covers all the topics extensively; costs, stress, legal terms and the structure of the legal system, and why it is designed that way. Her personal experiences as an attorney come in handy when it comes to guiding readers. The pitfalls are shared and she also addresses the questions that a prospective litigant might face in the legal system. The importance of explaining the legal concepts and procedures is discussed by the author and this is helpful to all those clients who are treading in unknown territory for the first time. The tips and suggestions also help to develop trust and confidence in their lawyer. It’s a must-read for all clients who are looking for the assistance of an attorney to sort out their legal issues as it will prepare them for the experiences of going through the legal system.

Ruffina Oserio

Who can talk better about the art of hiring a good lawyer than a lawyer who has once been a client? What Every Good Lawyer Wants You to Know: An Insider's Guide on How to Reduce Stress, Reduce Costs and Get the Most from Your Lawyer by Francine R. Tone contains stellar advice that readers need to know before they start looking for a competent lawyer. The author begins by sharing her own experience of hiring a lawyer after a painful split with her previous legal agency. As a lawyer, she’s had to feel the pain of being a client and she brings this experience into her writing in a very engaging manner. This book answers the question: How can one help a lawyer to help them better? What do good lawyers expect from their clients?

Combining the art of storytelling with hard facts about the legal process, the author offers insights and advice that will help clients work well with their lawyers and ensure positive results. A lawsuit or a claim comes with more pain and stress than most clients imagine, and the preparation one makes becomes a determining factor in the cost, the level of stress, and the success of the case. The author outlines the role a client can play to make the overall experience a positive and stress-free one.

Francine R. Tone comes across as an expert when she talks about the process and the reader can immediately feel her confidence and experience communicated through the power of her prose. Combining good examples with her hard-won experience, the author talks about what clients need to know before and when walking the tedious legal path. What Every Good Lawyer Wants You to Know is an invaluable guide to successfully working with a competent lawyer. A great guide on how to hire a lawyer and how to build a winning relationship with him/her.

Romuald Dzemo

What Every Good Lawyer Wants You to Know by Francine R. Tone is expert advice for anyone who considers enlisting the services of a lawyer for whatever cause. The subtitle, An Insider's Guide on How to Reduce Stress, Reduce Costs and Get the Most from Your Lawyer, captures the very reason behind this incredible book. Starting from her own experience as a client, the author offers tips, advice, and suggestions that will make the process of hiring a lawyer easy and less stressful for clients. This book will help readers understand what it feels like to work with a lawyer, the important questions to ask when hiring one, the possible legal constraints along the way, and how to develop a healthy and fruitful relationship with one’s lawyer. In fact, it is about helping the lawyer fight better for the client.

What Every Good Lawyer Wants You to Know: An Insider's Guide on How to Reduce Stress, Reduce Costs and Get the Most from Your Lawyer is an incredible tool for anyone who needs a lawyer and for anyone who just wants to understand how legal representation works. Francine R. Tone writes in clear and accessible prose, a style devoid of the jargon that is associated with the legal profession. Drawing from her experience of many decades and professional training, the author gives advice that everyone seeking legal help needs to hear. I enjoyed the confidence the author communicates, the insights into what it takes to win cases, the part a client plays in the process, and most importantly, how the author puts life into the writing by using her personal and professional experience.

Christian Sia

Everyone knows that a lawyer’s experience, training, expertise, and professional acumen are indisputable factors to consider when it comes to good legal representation. But is this knowledge enough to bring about a successful, stress-free, and cost effective legal process? The legal expert Francine R. Tone answers this question in the most competent and best way only an expert can. To be able to hire the kind of lawyer who can make a huge difference in one’s case, What Every Good Lawyer Wants You to Know: An Insider's Guide on How to Reduce Stress, Reduce Costs and Get the Most from Your Lawyer offers guidelines on what to do and what a good lawyer expects from the client, and then goes on to explain the challenging and tedious work of putting up a winning representation. This book defines the role a client plays in the legal process and how to prepare for that role.

This book is a must-read before taking any legal path. Its merits come from the fact that it’s written by a lawyer who has been a client and who has great experience on both sides of the legal process — as an experienced and competent lawyer and as a client who has hired and worked with a good lawyer. Her years of experience working with a variety of clients from all walks of life has given her a certain authority to advise would-be legal clients on what to expect and how to approach the process of hiring a competent lawyer. In her simple, yet authoritative voice, Francine R. Tone tells clients what they need to know and do to have a successful experience in the legal process. I find What Every Good Lawyer Wants You to Know: An Insider's Guide on How to Reduce Stress, Reduce Costs and Get the Most from Your Lawyer very informative, interesting, and a required tool for clients seeking legal help.