I recently attended a 2 day real estate and litigation seminar in St. Paul. The presenters were some of the most experienced, sophisticated lawyers in Minnesota. The substantive knowledge I gained was great. But, what I found to be the most valuable aspect of the seminar was the humble nature of these outstanding practitioners to acknowledge that they really don't have all the answers, indeed nobody does. There are certainly times when when an answer is certain, but those times are rare.
Your chosen legal practitioner has to be able to acknowledge that he or she does not know it all and can't do everything for everybody...at least not alone. I am very fortunate to have a great number of generous, experienced, and smart lawyers and colleagues who let me bounce ideas and issues off them. I thank my colleagues for their generosity and I thank those who trust me with their legal issues to not hold it against me when I tell them I don't know the answer right now, but I will find it for you.
Finally, I recently read this quote from Mark Twain that I think is worth sharing: “Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.”