Family lawyers spend their entire day (and most of their night) focusing on their client’s families with precious little attention given to their own. On most days, I personally spend only a little over an hour with my own family, and I consider that time precious. Unless there is a genuine emergency that one hour or so per day is the only time I consider myself “unreachable” by phone (I will still respond to text messages). I didn’t plan it this way, it just kind of evolved.
So when a client became quite upset recently – during that hour – and asked me why I couldn’t call him back right away (I would have called him back later in the evening) he asked, “Why can’t you take a call – what kind of lawyer are you?”
Now, the answer to a question like this will differ by attorney. My answer was “find a new attorney.”
I’m still not sure what kind of attorney I am.