|Can I bring someone with me to a legal consultation?|
I retained Ms. Wright. Can I can bring someone with me to my in-person meeting with her?
Of course. Who you bring in to the appointment is up to you, ultimately. However, please know that there may be a point during the meeting when the attorney asks your friend or family member to wait separately during part of the consultation because their presence could jeopardize the Attorney-Client Privilege.
What is the rationale?
The presence of a friend, family member, colleague, partner, or spouse during initial meetings, I have found in general is helpful because these individuals can contribute significant information and details. Also these individuals are just as concerned as you are about your license, the next steps, and how long is this going to take?
However, I am finding that its difficult to say "I relapsed LaTonia" to me and of course this is extremely important information in a license defense case when you have a spouse or parent present and the spouse or parent is not aware of the relapse.
Its even tougher for a nurse client to say "I started an intimate relationship with Patient B immediately after discharge" and the spouse of my client who is also a RN and works at the same facility in middle management is also present.
So for this reason and others (I care not to mention) its my law firm policy (I think this is only my second or third law firm policy; I have to ask Jack) effective NOW that a friend, family member, or spouse will be asked to leave the meeting at some point so that attorney can speak with her client privately.
The nurse is my Client regardless of who paid or is paying my flat fee true retainer. I am representing, counseling, and advising the nurse and I don't want my client concerned about his/her responses to me or unwilling to answer my very pointed questions to the best of their ability because +1, 2, 3, or 4 are present.
Its not personal but I know when I am being spoon-fed water droplets through a dirty sock during a consultation or client meeting when there is the nurse + one, two, three, or four in the room. For me its not some much of a concern with a one-time legal consultation but with the traditional attorney-client relationship and ongoing representation cases, its unacceptable.
I completely understand because the details in some of the State Nursing Board cases are too hot for even cable TV at 3am. But its a waste of your time and my time if you are providing with me fluff and buff because + one, two, three, or four are also in the conference room or my office with us.
State Nursing Board complaints are the real deal. The Boards mean business in these cases and I need information, facts, documents, and "the dirty dirty" from my clients so I can provide the best legal representation, counseling, and advising available under the circumstances.
I also need to know the "dirty dirty" so we can formulate a plan to become "fresh and clean" or at a min. "dingy but wearable." I have to go to the laundromat and wash our comforters, the bulkier bed linens, rugs, and our dogs linen (I know) this weekend, can you tell?
Seriously Waldo couldn't find the "dirty dirty" through the layers of fluff, buff, and just plain bullsh*t I am sometimes attempted to be fed on a small spoon like its Stage 1 baby food.
If you are meeting with me and I:
1. Put my head down on the table; its not because I am tired; or
2. I excuse myself, thank you for meeting with me, and ask Jack to wrap up the meeting; its not good. It takes Jack 15 to 20 minutes to even wind down the meeting, 5 minutes to summarize, 7 minutes to conclude, and another 10 minutes to walk you down or out to the lobby and then resummarize and conclude because he forgot something.
If I want fluff and buff, I go to my stylist. I have an appt. in the morning at 11am.
I just revised my medical, substance use/abuse and/or mental health Intake Form for clients, and legal consultations. This is used in certain cases in additional to a general Client Intake Form.
Oh, you didn't know? Although I may not check your blood pressure and do a head to toe physical assessment, I am a nurse and I am performing others assessments in license defense cases because its a necessity.