Your lawyer doesn’t decide how your legal matter should be handled.  You control your representation.  An attorney provides professional services, and has duties to each client he/she agrees to serve.  The State Bar of California sets standards for the way every member must treat his/her clients.  While some may miss that point, Mr. Kotkin’s website points you in its direction.

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