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Old 01-13-2021, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Kinso View Post
With all due respect to rockscan I don't agree with the 'review CanLII for success rates" idea. Mainly because failure or success at trial is far more dependent on the facts than the lawyer.

Some lawyers take hard cases to court, they lose but they go down with a fight because that was what the client insisted upon. Other lawyers only take 'easy' cases to trial, they have high success rates but they're cherry picking.

Also, online reviews are stupid for family lawyers. Most of them (mine included) are written by opposing parties who are bitter. The ones with glowing perfect reviews are either written by the lawyers themselves, or they strongly encourage their clients to leave favorable feedback.

Review CanLII, not for win/lose, but for complements from the Judge. "Despite able submissions from Mr. X" is a complement to the lawyer, even though he/she is being ruled against. If Judges are critical of the lawyers' conduct, be mindful of that (although not unskeptical, as Judges are human too).

I should have elaborated. Read the cases and see what the judge said/facts of the case. Decisions are a good indicator of the ability of the lawyer. A judge is not afraid to write down that a lawyer didnt do their homework.

As for the them but consider them carefully. I went through them to see my husbands lawyer, his exs lawyer and also lawyers my mom had. The reviews are pretty easy to see through if you take it with a grain of salt. My husbands lawyer normally deals with women suing for full custody and $$$ spousal support so his reviews are glowing from them. It was more the told it to me straight, encouraged me to be realistic, didnt mince words reviews that I believed.

I am a research kind of person though so I am not afraid to do some digging and then consider the info I find.

Off topic: if you want to have some real fun, look through medical specialist reviews.

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