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I Live In A Small Town-Why Should I Get A Lawyer From The City

In 34 years, I've seen situations where people in small towns compromise their values because somebody knows somebody that can have an impact negatively on how a case is handled.  Many times it is best to have a lawyer where he or she doesn't know any of the parties involved.  This avoids any potential conflicts of interest.  The other day a client was in the office, he'd hired a lawyer and something just didn't seem right to him because of all the small town interconnections.  I did not suggest that he change lawyers, that is something that I would never do.  It was his idea and he is more comfortable having a lawyer that doesn't know any of the people involved in the case.  Many times, finding a hometown lawyer is appropriate and sometimes it may not be the best thing.  It all depends on the case and the folks involved.