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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.