A Conversation With: One Of The Best Lawyers In Dallas, Chad West

Chad was selected as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine in 2014 and has been repeatedly selected as “Rising Star” by Texas Monthly (Thomson Reuters) in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

AE: What drew you to working in the legal field?

CW: Working in the legal field peaked my interest while serving my country by serving in the military. The importance of helping those that cannot help them-selves was very important to me.

AE: You have had your own law firm since 2011, what are the significant differences being an owner of a law firm versus working as an attorney for one?

CW: Owning my own law firm requires a great deal of time and energy to make sure everything runs smoothly and the bills get paid. However, the personal reward is much greater. Being in a small law firm in such a community based part out of Dallas give me the ability to connect with each client to make sure we are getting them the best results possible.

AE: Prior to becoming an attorney you served in the military and had a very distinguished career going, what made you decide to leave military service?

CW: I wouldn’t trade my time in the U.S. Army for anything. It was a time of my life that really shaped who I am as a man and as a leader. I left because I wanted to start my own business that focuses on helping people, and I saw the legal field as a way to do so.

AE: How did your time in the military prepare you for running your own law firm?

CW: The military prepared me for running my own law firm by instilling dedication to a greater good, defending freedoms, and working hard.

AE: You are a member of a number of organizations, do you think leaders and business owners have an obligation to get involved and give back to the community?

CW: Without giving back to your community, you should not expect to receive much from it. As a small business in the Oak Cliff part of Dallas, it is a privilege to be able to give back to such a vibrant and evolving area.

AE: The workplace has changed drastically over the last 20 years, do you think what motivates leaders and their teams have changed?

CW: Absolutely. The millennials are swarming the workplace, and the motivations and personalities are completely different than my generations (Gen X’s) motivations.

AE: How do you empower, inspire or motivate others in the workplace?

CW: I hire the best people and do my very best to give them everything they need to succeed. I avoid micromanaging whenever possible.

AE: What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess?

CW: The ability to recognize your own weaknesses and needs to put a team together to turn one’s weaknesses into strengths.

AE: What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?

CW: To continue to grow and develop as a leader I look for new ways to challenge myself both professionally and personally. Finding new challenges to take on is a good way to remind ourselves to remain humble.

AE: Have there been any role models for you?

CW: Both of my parents, for very different reasons. My mother taught me compassion and the love for learning. My father showed me the benefits of owning my own business. Both taught me the value of hard work.

AE: What do you attribute your success to?

CW: Success would not be possible without a good support system. My family and friends are my biggest supporters.

AE: If you could give one piece of leadership advice to your employees what would that be?

CW: Work on your most brain-intensive projects first thing in the morning, as you are at your best when you first get to work.

AE: What advice would you give someone going into a leadership position for the first time?

CW: Roll up your sleeves and get ready to work hard. Don’t sweat the small stuff and never lower your standards.

AE: What has been your greatest professional accomplishment so far as a leader?

CW: Starting my own business. Nothing beats it!

AE: What is something people don’t generally know about you as a leader?

CW: I absolutely hate public speaking, but I work hard to overcome it.

AE: If you could have a conversation with one leader alive or dear who would that be?

CW: Thomas Jefferson.

AE: What would you want to ask them?

CW: He was a multiple-business owner and brilliant politician and was ahead of his time in many ways. I would want to know what motivated him and how he became the leader he portrayed to the world.

AE: They say anyone can become a leader, in your opinion do you believe that?

CW: Absolutely!

AE: What do you want your leadership legacy to be?

CW: I want to leave a legacy of achieving high quality results and making a difference in the lives of others. Helping to start a charity 5k, Dash for the Beads, was a great way for me to give back and help a large number of people while focusing on healthy ways of life.

AE: What is next for you?

My firm is expanding to South Dallas, a second location, and we are welcoming two new lawyers to the firm in June and November of 2015, which I’m really excited about! In the non-legal world, I’m opening an express car wash with my family in Ennis, TX in early 2016.

http://www.chadwestlaw.com/

AE: I start each day off with a motivational quote, do you have a favorite?

CW: Just do it!

Finding The Best Lawyer – What You Should Know

A lawyer is an individual who has specific attributes and traits in order to excel in the field of law. He should be able to articulate effectively in order to be successful against the opposing parties as well as to impress his client. Another trait that he must have is intelligence. He must be someone who is smart enough to know how to win the case, what to do, as well as when to do it. These are just a few of the important traits and attributes of a legal professional. If you are looking for a reliable lawyer, there some important things which you need to know. Read on and find out more.

What are the Duties and Responsibilities of a Lawyer?

1. Diligence – He must be able to act promptly towards handling his client’s case. An attorney must be able to manage his caseload; every case should be given adequate attention.

2. Maintain Confidentiality – A good lawyer is someone who knows the value of case confidentiality. He must not disclose anything regarding his client unless he is given the consent to do so.

3. Competency – It is always a must that he is able to handle his client’s case with the needed skills and knowledge to do ample research as necessary. He must be up to date on any changes in the law. To be able to win the case, there are various legal documents which must be drafted. Although legal secretaries or paralegals can help him, most lawyers prefer to do them on their own.

4. Communication – A lawyer must keep the line of communication open between him and his client. He should inform his client regarding any decision they need to make. He also needs to respond to his client’s requests for information and inform them regarding the status of their case. In addition, he also spends ample time sending emails, negotiating, talking on the phone, and faxing important documents to and from the concerned parties.

5. Advising – He also acts as an adviser. A good lawyer is able to counsel his clients regarding any topic related to the case.

Finding a Lawyer for Your Needs

In today’s modern world where there are hundreds of scammers and frauds, you probably think that finding the best attorney who can represent your case is a daunting task. However, you must keep in mind that you can always find a reliable legal representative or attorney who can win your case.

Each of them specializes in a particular area or field. Some are personal injury attorneys while others are into the finance law. You have the freedom to determine what type of lawyer that suits your needs. In choosing a lawyer who will represent your case, years of experience and background are important aspects to consider.

If you want to search for a reliable attorney, you can go online and do your research. This is a faster and easier way of looking for a legal representative to assist you. You may also ask a friend or colleague if they could recommend someone in particular.

Need a Divorce Lawyer? Tips for Choosing the Best Lawyer

Going through a divorce can be a very difficult process. Some divorces are quick; others require court and lawyers. If you happen to be in the latter category, you need a good lawyer. Choosing a lawyer is one of the most important things that you can do in your divorce. Here are three tips in choosing the best lawyer. The tips are: do your research, cost of the lawyer does not equal the level of service, do not be afraid to fire your lawyer.

Your lawyer is going to be the person who files all the papers and represents you in front of the judge. Ask friends and family for referrals to a lawyer. Make sure you ask what you liked about the lawyer and what you did not like about the lawyer. Before you sign any retainer agreements, interview them. When you make your appointment make sure that you ask if there are any consultation fees. You do not want any surprises.

Once you gather your information, you want weigh the costs versus the services. Each lawyer charges for different things. Some charge by the minute; some charge by 8th of the hour. You want to know if the lawyer charges for postage or hand-delivering documents. Do not forget that this is additional to the court fees. You want a lawyer who you feel comfortable with, who listens to your needs, and communicates well. Remember this person needs to represents your interests to the best of his or her ability. The cost he or she charges does not accurately reflect the service you are going to receive. For example, you can go with the biggest named law firm and have the worse lawyer on your team.

If you have chosen your lawyer and he or she is not representing you well in your case, you can fire your lawyer. Remember you want the best lawyer possible. Communication is very important in this situation. Before you fire your old lawyer, make sure that you have already obtained a new one. The new lawyer will send a discharge letter to the lawyer and file it with the court. The old lawyer will still charge you for time for discussing the case with the new lawyer and preparing your file for transfer. If you owe the old lawyer money, it will delay the release of your file to the new lawyer.

Even though it is a process, changing lawyers still can be done. That is why the first two tips are the most important. The average divorce takes a year. You want to have the best person representing you. If you choose the wrong lawyer, you could be paying for years for your mistake.