An experienced litigator will acknowledge that litigation can be the most ineffective means of dispute resolution ever devised. Litigation is too often protracted, needlessly expensive and uncertain and can frustrate clients. One theory is that it was intentionally designed that way to force litigants to resolve their own disputes rather than leaving them to the mercy of the Courts.
Under this system it is imperative to have an attorney who can maneuver through the legal quagmire, and position you for a satisfactory settlement while at the same time preparing you for a winning judgment. Litigation is an essential aspect of Pieter’s practice, and used to strengthen his clients claims and prepare for trial, sending the message to the defense that a trial would be to their detriment.
Communication with clients is essential to seize every opportunity for an advantageous resolution. The old axiom is that the two people who know the least about the facts of a legal matter are the attorneys for each side. Neither of them were there.
It is essential to work closely with clients to learn what transpired, who would make the best witnesses and where documents can be found. Meeting with clients and having an open discourse, and providing guidance on the legal issues and the facts which relate to them is critical to understanding the case, and the client’s legal situation. This does not come from a single meeting, but is developed over the life of the case, and sometimes in a client’s late night realization.
For this reason Pieter maintains responsive communications, making extensive use of e-mail, texting, facsimile and telephone to correspond with his clients in a time-sensitive manner and to assure that they can provide him with the essential facts of their case, so that he may apply it to their legal advantage.