We could be lucky enough to get the best lawyer in town. We may have weighed and examined our options based on their ability, experience and knowledge. These professionals will help us prepared for potentially expensive and lengthy proceedings. However, we should still make sure that these professionals will be able to serve our needs and protect our interests. Here are mistakes we may do when working with a lawyer:
1. Forgetting to ask for written fee agreement:
Oral agreement isn’t recognized at law and this will make enforcement especially problematic. Without good proof, we can’t be sure that we and the lawyer already reach a solid understanding. Written fee agreement simply serves to solidify and clarify expectations between attorney and the client. An agreement should properly spell out responsibility of all parties, as well as related parameters.
2. Ignoring to read documents before signing them:
Whether it is a pleading, an affidavit, a lease or a fee agreement; we shouldn’t trust any document that’s presented by the lawyer. It is important to read each document carefully and always questions about something just to clarify things. It is quite likely that the document contains omissions and errors, so we should bring them to the attention of our lawyer.
3. Forgetting to ask a copy:
Each time we sign a document, we should have a copy of it. This will give us a stronger legal position when things go wrong. We should keep these copies in safe places and they must be inaccessible to others. There are actually unscrupulous lawyers who intentionally destroyed important documents to avoid risking future conflicts with former clients.
4. We don’t ask questions often:
Legal proceedings are unlikely our field and we should always ask lawyers about things that may happen next. Their credentials and experience would allow them answer satisfactorily to our questions. Things we need to ask may include people who will work with the lawyer when he/she handles the case. We should also ask how much they charge for services provided outside normal office hours.
It is also important to actively ask question to keep us informed about the progress of our case. We also need to know about our lawyer’s plan to present our defense or case. Very likely, there are terms that we don’t understand, so we should ask our lawyer to explain things clearly.
5. We don’t always stay in touch:
There are cases when we are out of town and can’t meet our lawyer for days or weeks. In this case, we should keep our lawyer abreast of any change in our circumstances, residence contact information, employment and other important details. Depending on our situation, it may be necessary to let lawyers contact us quickly. They should be able to speak with us promptly when we are facing specific problems.
We couldn’t fail just because we fail to stay in touch with our lawyer. Today’s world has allowed instant communication, so it should be easy to facilitate easy communication access with our lawyer.
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