If he had one thing to tell his client about the process of a case, Robert A. Aguilar would tell him “we’re in this together.”
“It is important for the client to understand that this will be a time where we must work together to try to obtain the results he wants,” Mr. Aguilar said. “The success of the case rests on the ability of the client and I to work as a team.”
Though almost all attorneys go into practice because they want to help others in times of need, domestic relations is one of the few areas of law where a lawyer can truly help someone during a difficult time, according to Mr. Aguilar.
“Family law is that area where you can connect with a client and act as their advisor, counselor, and in some cases, the only person in their corner,” he said.
Mr. Aguilar thinks the most important characteristic a family law attorney must have is the ability to listen to their client. When a client comes in for a divorce, custody, or support matter, they have reached a point where they feel as if nobody is listening or paying attention to them, he said.
“As an attorney, it is important to remain quiet and listen to what your client has to say,” Mr. Aguilar said. “Not only will you acquire vital information you may need, but you also allow the client to feel like they are finally being heard. To me, this builds trust, which is key to the attorney-client relationship”