Everyone has options when thinking about a lawsuit or responding to a lawsuit. Before a formal case is filed in court, or soon after a case has been filed, the options are best. A good attorney helps a client weigh options, plan strategy, and pick the most advantageous option.
Delay--or denial--is one of the most damaging things a client can do when pursuing his or her rights. The opposing party and lawyer have no obligation to ensure that you understand your rights. Even worse, a lawyer who isn't looking at the big picture for a client might recommend a course of action that is excessively risky, short-sighted, or leads to drawn-out litigation.