Tips You Should Know About Dealing with Lawyers
March 2, 2018
After having that extensive interview with your candidate lawyers, it’s time to pick the lawyer you will hire. The moment you do this, you already start to have an obligation to do what is needed for you and your lawyer to work together.
Be honest with your attorney.
Right from the very start, you should be honest with your lawyer. If they’ve been your lawyer ever since, then this wouldn’t be a problem. However, when it’s your first time to have a lawyer and the one you hired is a stranger to you, this could be a challenging step.
This is why a lot of thought should be put into who you hire as an attorney. A good background check and interview will allow you to trust the lawyer and once they are hired, you will be more comfortable to share all the details of your case. No detail or evidence should be withheld from your attorney. Every detail counts because in law, even the smallest details can make or break a case.
Do not forget that you pay them.
In order to maximize your meetings with your lawyer, you should remember that you pay them. Most of the time, they have an hourly rate. Attorney’s fees can be expensive and so to urge you to make the most of every meeting, make sure that you are ready to converse and you have an agenda.
Prepare for your meetings/consultations.
Setting up an agenda for your meeting is a must. To save yourself from being silent and from talking about useless details of the case, planning what to talk about and what points to raise is going to be advantageous. It would also help if you already tell your attorney what you want to achieve with your case. That way, the two of you can already understand (even before meeting each other) what direction and courses of action to take.
Discuss attorney’s fees from time to time.
Aside from the details of the case, you should also be honest about how much you are willing to spend for consultations and meetings. Right from the start, you should talk to your lawyer about how payments will be made. It would help to set up an agreement that for an x amount of time, you should be able to accomplish x amount of things. This encourages your lawyer to finish the case at the proper pace.
Do not let things drag on.
Lawyers tend to be busy since they have a lot of clients. However, you shouldn’t fall into the trap of being stuck with an unresponsive or slow lawyer. If you feel that he or she is not giving your case the right effort and attention it deserves, then you can withdraw your deal and/or talk to your lawyer about his ineffectiveness.