How can you tell if an attorney has your best interests at heart or is just focused on racking up the biggest bill possible? One strategy is to assess the firm’s moral philosophy or guiding principles. At Redbud Law, we strive to uphold The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. For us, The Four Agreements are a code of conduct. Here’s what the agreements look like in practice at Redbud.
Agreement 1: Be impeccable with your word
“Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.”
At its core, this agreement is about being truthful, taking responsibility for your words and actions, and having integrity.
Redbud will always be honest and straightforward with current and prospective clients, opposing counsel, and the Court. Sometimes, that means delivering “bad” news about a case. Our goal isn’t to stuff our pocketbooks, but to offer exceptional legal service to our clients. If we think your case won’t be successful, we won’t spend hours pursuing a dead-end just to make a buck. If we reach an ending point in negotiating your case and have a result that may be less than what you desired, but it’s the best possible outcome, we’ll tell you.
It also means not taking on more cases than we can handle. If we can’t do justice to your case because we’re spread too thin, then we’re not being responsible and truthful, and we’re not abiding by our word that we’ll provide excellent legal representation at fair rates.
For Redbud Law, “using the power of your word in the direction of truth” also means using our training and knowledge to stand up for what’s right. Recently, that has meant defending Oklahomans’ constitutional rights when they were trampled on in the name of public safety. Other times that means fighting against discrimination and representing the “little guy” who may not think he or she can afford to pursue a legal action.
Agreement 2: Don’t take anything personally
“Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.”
This agreement is about relying on oneself rather than the approval of others for contentment and a strong self-image.
Redbud is guided by our own moral compass, not by appealing to the whims of others. We are committed to fighting for what’s right, even if it’s unpopular. We don’t thrive on kudos from other firms but from the satisfaction of solving our client’s problems.
When a client or opposing counsel gets cross with us, we don’t take it personally. We know they’re not necessarily upset with us, but with the situation they’re in, and they’re just doing their best to advocate for their client’s best interest.
Agreement 3: Don’t make assumptions
“Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.”
The premise of this agreement is that when you make assumptions about another person’s actions or words, you’re likely to experience stress and conflict because you interpret them based on your own worldview, not the other person’s. The only way to really know someone’s motives is to ask questions and seek clarity.
This agreement may be the most impactful for our clients. If you’re not trained as a lawyer, it can be really difficult to understand legal terms and court processes. There’s a lot of stress and anxiety related to any legal proceeding, from criminal trials to business contracts, because the process is confusing for most people.
Our goal is to make the law as clear as possible for our clients and to help them understand the steps we’ll take as their case moves along. It also means getting a deep understanding of the chain of events that led a client to us so that we can create the ideal legal document or provide the correct (and successful!) legal argument for a case.
Instead of making assumptions and getting it wrong, we’ll ask questions and get all of the information we need before we dig into the work. We never want to waste your money going down the wrong path because we made an incorrect assumption.
Agreement 4: Always do your best
“Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.”
The premise of this agreement is that by putting the first three agreements into action to the best of our abilities, we can live a life of contentment, free from regret.
Redbud is committed to securing the best outcomes for our clients, whether that’s a favorable plea agreement or a contract that reduces the chances of a business going to court. At Redbud, you’re never just a paycheck. We treat your concerns as our own and always work diligently to pursue the best solution, leaving no stone unturned.
We can’t guarantee a specific outcome, but we can guarantee we will always do our best.
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Whether you need criminal defense, are seeking an expungement, or want to start a business, get in touch with Redbud Law today. With us, you’ll always get meticulous legal representation at a fair rate.