Thomas McCutcheon

Q: Why does your sign say attorneys and counselors? What’s the difference? Charles , Florence, AL

A: These are two distinct roles. An attorney is handling a legal matter, either in court or out of court. While a legal counselor will try and prevent a future problem through good legal counsel.

If a person has a legal problem that we don’t handle, we “counsel” the client to seek an attorney with different skills or experience for the type of problem that client has.

We often recommend different lawyers for different types of cases, such as criminal or domestic relations. We are fortunate to have a number of attorneys who see fit to refer us their workers compensation and other personal injury cases. We take on the financial burden and always try and put the client first.

I assume most attorneys counsel their clients to obtain the right lawyer for their case in matters they don’t routinely handle. No attorney can be a specialist in all areas of the law and different areas require different skills and knowledge. Certain lawyers such as tax attorneys or patent lawyers have additional education in those fields.

Certainly, any lawyer in good standing can take on any case with the exception of certain felony cases which do require a certain amount of experience. Every lawyer has had cases which were their “first cases” in a particular field and a good lawyer rises to the occasion. It’s a lot of responsibility and good lawyers take every aspect of a client’s case seriously. At the end of the day though, no attorney wants to spend their time learning to do cases they are not interested in. Lawyers are people too and just like everyone else there are certain types of cases that certain types of lawyers are better suited for.

Remember that good legal counsel can keep you out of court. It’s always easier (and better) to stay out of trouble than to get out of trouble.

In our work as personal injury attorneys, we can’t keep people from getting hurt but we can remind people to buckle their seatbelt and pay attention when they drive. After someone’s hurt, all we can do is provide them with all the help the law has to give. From the bottom of my heart, I can truly say after 30 years in this business that the money is not worth the injury.

Buckle up, drive safely and as always your referrals are appreciated! 256-764-0112

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