Authored By: Christopher Pearsall, RI Divorce Attorney
a.k.a. " The Rhode Island Divorce Coach ℠ "
This article is more of a short opinion of mine than it is fact. You can feel free to agree with me or disagree with me and I certainly will respect your opinion.
From the very beginning of my practice attorneys have told me that I wouldn't be able to survive as a lawyer if I didn't practice in more than one area of law. Quite a few attorneys told me that I needed to pick at least three (3) areas of law with more of a recommendation of five (5) areas. It was explained me as diversification like one would do with a financial portfolio.
In short, I disagreed. The more areas you practice in, the more law you have to keep up with, the more rules of court you have to keep up with, the more care you have to take in order to prevent yourself from a malpractice claim.
Attorneys tried to convince me that it wasn't that hard and you just keep up with the issues that relate to your cases as they arise. I didn't agree.
In the end it came down to one thing. I believed that by choosing more than one area of law I was trying to be a "jack of all trades and a master of none." My opponents by comparison felt that it was enough to keep up with parts of the law that affected the specific cases that came to us and that was enough. In the end the attorney who practiced in more areas of law was more diversified and would be able to get more clients and consequently make more money.
Ultimately, I came to the conclusion that dedicated and caring divorce attorneys would choose to practice in family law and perhaps one other area of law if they truly expected to keep up with the law and serve their client's properly.
Do I make the money these other lawyers make? No, probably not. In fact, it comes with its sacrifices including the income but they are worth it and necessary to practice in a way that I believe I should be practicing in both for myself and my clients.
When you interview your family law attorney, find out how diverse he or she is. It will be worth it to know how many areas he or she practices in. The more areas... the more clients the attorney is likely to have and the thinner the attorney is spread.
The call is yours and this is purely my unique view and opinion. I share it because many people don't think of it this way. The few numbers of practice areas, the more likely it is that the attorney's competency in the area(s) practiced in greater. I practice divorce and specific areas of family law. It's not just part of what I do.... it's ALL I DO!
I'm here for those who need a caring and affordable divorce and family law attorney. Hidden away in a small office and rural area of Coventry, Rhode Island... I am the unsuspecting attorney most people are looking for. My best to all who go before the Rhode Island Family Court. I understand.... I've walked in your shoes!