Defining Success: A Crucial Step in Legal Advocacy

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In the intricate world of legal battles, success isn’t a one-size-fits-all concept. For clients facing foreclosure, collections, or other civil lawsuits, understanding and articulating their vision of success is not just important—it’s imperative. This blog post explores the profound interplay between a client’s idea of success and the attorney’s role, in accordance with the guiding principles of Model Rule 1.2.

Understanding the Client’s Objective:

Before delving into the legal intricacies of a case, MPC LAW emphasizes the significance of clients identifying their specific objectives. Is success for them prevailing in the defense of a lawsuit, negotiating a settlement, challenging the validity of a debt, or simply buying time? Knowing these objectives helps shape the legal strategy and ensures that every action aligns with the client’s desired outcome.

The Model Rule Perspective:

Model Rule 1.2 of the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct underscores the lawyer’s role as not only a legal representative but also as a counselor. It states that a lawyer shall abide by a client’s decisions concerning the objectives of representation, subject to professional advice. This places immense importance on the client’s voice in determining the path forward.

Navigating the Interplay:

The interplay between a client’s idea of success and the attorney’s role involves open communication and mutual understanding. This is why Matt Curry and MPC LAW actively engage with clients, encouraging them to express their goals and concerns. By doing so, we can tailor legal strategies to align with the client’s vision while providing insightful guidance based on professional expertise.

Practical Examples:

Consider a client seeking foreclosure defense. For some, success might mean retaining ownership of the home, while for others, a successful outcome might involve negotiating time for relocation or minimizing financial impact via personal and deficiency judgment avoidance. By defining success, MPC LAW ensures that every legal action contributes to achieving the client’s unique goals.


In the realm of legal advocacy, success is a collaborative effort. By empowering clients to articulate their vision of success, MPC LAW builds a strong foundation for effective representation. This approach not only adheres to Model Rule 1.2 but also fosters a client-centered legal practice that prioritizes individualized objectives and meaningful outcomes. Success isn’t just about winning cases; it’s about achieving the client’s desired result and providing them with a sense of control and confidence throughout the legal journey.

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