- potential client who tells you “My friends say this is a five-million-dollar case.”
- potential client who tells you “The last three doctors (or any professional service) I spoke to were totally useless.”
- potential client who asks you to reduce your fee at the onset, and then also asks again after receiving the first bill
- potential client who cannot make a decision “I have seen 32 houses, but none were quite right.”
- potential client who likes to sue people and has been involved in litigation against his former doctors, attorneys, brokers, accountants etc. (Lawsuits against contractors do not count, those are usually a given);
- potential client that asks if, rather than getting paid up front for your work, you could wait till she makes the movie, play, or sells her book and then pay you from profits.
- and the notorious potential client that is asking for free advice saying,
“I will have a lot more work for you in the future.”
While not all of these necessarily disqualify a potential client, they should give you pause to evaluate the situation and determine if this is the right client for you.
Remember to “trust but verify” is always a good model to follow.
Liat Cohen, Esq.
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