Interesting post on Lawyerist on the virtues of saying No.
Despite lawyers’ reputation for being disagreeable, many have trouble saying no – to potential clients, to other attorneys, and to the court.
But as Ryder says, saying No can be the most important words you can say. Being courteous is great, but your duty is, first and foremost, to your client – so there will be times you can’t agree to an extension or need to educate the court.
And it’s often said that you make more money on the cases you reject than those you take, and how true that is. Saying No to that potential client can be the difference between months (or years) of agony and peace of mind from not having to work a case you aren’t getting paid for or don’t believe in.