I am all in favor of a second opinion. If the doctor tells me I need surgery, I am going to get a second opinion before I do it. Second opinions can be useful.
But, sometimes people call me or email me and ask for a second opinion on their case. I have a few comments on this:
1. If you just want a second opinion and don’t plan on hiring me, don’t expect the opinion to be free. I don’t mind giving a free consultation to a prospective client, but I am not going to give you a free second opinion when you have no interest in retaing me.
2. Don’t expect to send me a two or three paragraph email and get a response. I can’t give you a second opinion on that little information. If you really want a second opinion, call my office, set an appointment, and bring a copy of your file. (Get it from your attorney first.)
3. Don’t hire an attorney based on a second opinion. I can recall a couple of former clients who got a second opinion and hired the attorney without talking to me again. They ended up with offers that were identical to what I had received for them. Question the attorney on the second opinion and make sure that it is based on solid facs.
A second opinion can be important. And these three guidelines will hel it go smoother.