Working with a lawyer can be a stressful situation, regardless of the reasons that brought you to their law office. Thankfully, there are a variety of ways that you can make it easier on yourself when working with a lawyer – all it takes is some patience, a little time, and these tips to help make the entire process easier on you.
Interview Many Candidates – Never Be Satisfied With Your First Choice.
Often the situation that brings us to need a lawyer is so stressful itself that we have a tendency to decide to work with the first lawyer we find in the paper. This is a bad decision. You need to take some time and research your options. What kind of case do you have? Does this lawyer have experience handling (and winning) this type of case? Do you have any friends who have had good experiences with particular lawyers? It is worth it to ask around – get good recommendations from friends or other people that you trust and then interview their lawyers. Above all, make sure your questions are answered by the lawyer and that you feel comfortable with having them represent you.
Be Clear in Your Expectations
Lawyers are often very busy, which might mean that they will not have as much time for your case as you would like. When you are interviewing your potential lawyer, ask them about when they are available to meet. Will they be available by telephone? Are they often out of town and therefore hard to contact? If you feel that your case will need a lot of personal attention (and, depending on the fee, you probably deserve that attention), then it is best to be up front and clear about your expectations. The last thing you need is to choose a lawyer that is never available to help you.
Be Clear and Comfortable With the Lawyer’s Fee
Working with a lawyer can be an expensive experience, but if the lawyer you have chosen is able to get a ruling in your favor, it might be worth the costs. Once you’re comfortable enough with a lawyer that you are ready to go over their fees with them, be sure that you are also comfortable with how much they are charging. Is there a retainer? What happens in the event that the ruling is not in your favor? What happens if the ruling is in your favor? How much will the overall costs be? Get it all in writing – that way there are no hidden fees to jump out at you and charge you extra later.
Be Prepared and Be Satisfied
Make sure, no matter who you choose, that you do a little research before you commit to working with a lawyer. There is absolutely nothing wrong with getting a second opinion from another lawyer – so if you feel like you are not being treated the way that you would like to be treated or that the lawyer does not have enough experience with your types of cases, then make sure you trust your instinct and move on to someone who is better suited for your needs.