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5 Marks of What Makes a Good (and Bad) Lawyer

When you’re hiring a lawyer, you want to make sure that you’re getting the best legal representation possible. But how do you know which lawyers are good and which ones aren’t? Well, there are certain qualities that both good and bad lawyers share. In this blog post, we’ll be taking a look at five of these qualities so that you can make an informed decision when it comes to choosing a lawyer.

Qualities of a Good Lawyer


A good lawyer will be empathetic toward their clients. They understand that their client is going through a difficult time and they are there to help them in any way they can. A good lawyer will take the time to listen to their client’s story, as well as try to understand why they made certain decisions or why something happened. Good lawyers will also be understanding and compassionate, providing their clients with emotional support during this difficult time. By displaying empathy toward their client, a good lawyer is able to create an environment that makes their clients feel comfortable and allows them to open up about the case.

Attention to Detail

A good lawyer is detail-oriented and takes the time to review all relevant documents related to the case before making any decisions or recommendations. They will also take into account any potential legal implications that could arise from certain actions or decisions taken by the client in order to protect them from any potential legal issues down the line.


No matter their specialty, a good lawyer will have extensive knowledge of the law as well as experience with similar cases. They will be able to provide sound advice on how best to proceed in order to ensure that their clients get the best outcome possible, given their individual circumstances and legal situation.

Communication Skills

You can count on a good lawyer, such as a representative of Frank Penney Injury Lawyers as someone who has excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. They need to be able to clearly explain complex legal concepts and jargon in simple language so that their clients can understand them easily and make more informed decisions about their cases.

Effective Representation

Finally, a good lawyer should always strive for effective representation for their clients in court or during negotiations with other parties involved in the case. This means being organized, prepared, and professional every step of the way—from filing documents correctly, researching precedents, building strong arguments in court and negotiations, all while keeping their clients informed throughout the process.

Qualities of a Bad Lawyer


A bad lawyer is usually disorganized and fails to keep track of important documents related to the case or deadlines set by courts, agencies, and other parties involved. Such carelessness can put your case at risk if important documents or deadlines slip through unnoticed due to lack of organization on behalf of your lawyer’s part.

Lack Of Communication

Poor communication between lawyers and clients can lead to misunderstandings or lack of trust between them which could endanger your chances of winning your case.

No Follow Through

Even if your lawyer starts off strong with lots of enthusiasm for your case but fails to follow through with it after some time due (lack of interest and time), then it might be time for you to find another one who can effectively represent your interests until its conclusion.


If your lawyer isn’t willing to advocate for your side even though he or she knows you are right in certain situations then this could mean that they don’t have enough faith in themselves as well as your case.


Lastly, if your lawyer shows signs of unprofessionalism, such as not returning calls or emails in a timely manner, then this could mean they don’t take the job seriously enough to handle any complicated cases that may come across during the course of representing you legally.

Other unprofessional qualities to look for in a bad lawyer include being overly argumentative or confrontational during legal discussions, not listening to the client’s wishes and goals, failing to discuss potential legal strategies, not responding promptly to questions or inquiries from the client, and displaying a lack of knowledge about relevant laws that could affect their case.

A bad lawyer might also be one who is not willing to negotiate or compromise with other parties involved in the case, or who tries to take advantage of their client in an unethical manner. All these signs indicate that the lawyer may not be suited for the job and should be avoided at all costs.

When selecting a lawyer, it is paramount that one considers not only qualifications but also qualities such as empathy, attention to detail, communication skills, and more, so as to ensure proper representation desired outcome reached efficiently and effectively. It is also important to look out for red flags like disorganization and unprofessionalism. Before opting to hire a particular attorney, your ultimate goal should always be finding one who embodies both qualities mentioned above and providing the necessary assistance needed to win the case confidently.

This article was written by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves to write about business, finance, and family issues. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters. You can find Dixie on Facebook.

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

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