What Is The Best Strategy For Working With My Lawyer?

The best strategy for working with your lawyer will depend on your particular situation.  However, here are some things to keep in mind: 

  • Be sure that you and your lawyer have the same goals, and that your expectations remain realistic.
  • Be sure you understand and are comfortable with the lawyer's working style. You will be working with him or her very closely until your case concludes.
  • Be sure that you have a clear picture of approximately how long your case will take, when you can expect significant developments, as well as when and how often the lawyer intends to contact you with updates.
  • Be sure that you provide the lawyer with all the information and documents necessary to understand and properly prepare your case.
  • Be sure you provide information about any new developments that take place on your case, even if you think it could be harmful or you think it's unimportant. It could be important to your lawyer.
  • Be sure you understand and agree with the lawyer's billing practices including what type of fee you will be paying (fixed, hourly, retainer, contingency or statutory fee) and what additional costs you should anticipate paying.
  • Be sure to contact your lawyer promptly if have questions or concerns about your legal matter, listen to the responses, and if necessary act upon them. It will help your lawyer better prepare your case and possibly yield better and faster results.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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