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Contacting and dealing with the legal profession can seem a bit daunting but it need not be. Here’s some advice and tips on how to deal with a lawyer.

The mere fact that you are need a lawyer is evidence that you consider you have a case of some kind. No when you first contact your chosen lawyer you should ask them whether they charge for an initial consultation or first visit. Don’t be afraid to ask and check about all costs at any time. Making sure you completely understand how much you are or might be paying is important and a reputable law firm will respect this.

On your first visit to your lawyer you should be well prepared to tell them all the relevant details. Relax. Try and not be nervous about the situation. Remember your first visit may well establish if you do in fact a case worth pursuing. Make sure you explain fully your situation. Bring any papers and documents that may help you. Do not try to convince the lawyer of the merits of your position by exaggerating the facts. If you know, make sure you tell the lawyer the position taken by the potential adverse party.

If after looking at your case your lawyer decides there is a case worth pursuing. On the flip side your lawyer might decide that it’s not strong enough a case to go for legal action. You can always get a second opinion from another lawyer if you are not satisfied. Just remember injury lawyers generally have a good idea of how successful your legal action might be based on the law so listen to their advice. It’s better to pursue a case that has a chance of success rather than a case that you are determined about where your chances of success where slim.

If you decide after the first meeting that you want to hire a lawyer, you should ask for an estimated cost for services. Most lawyers will enter into a written agreement listing the fees, costs, and the nature and extent of the lawyer’s representation. You should understand from the first meeting how much the lawyer will charge to handle your case. Costs are different from fees. The client is ultimately responsible for court costs, filing fees, etc. The lawyer should give you some idea of the amount of money required in legal fees as well as expenses for the action that he/she is going to take for you. Also the lawyer should be able to give you an idea of how long the case may take and what can be expected if the case is won or lost. Whether the client is charged on an hourly basis or a contingent fee basis, the reason for the fee should be fully explained to you. Before actually agreeing for the lawyer to represent you, feel free to get an explanation of the fee in writing from the lawyer and signed by both of you.

 

In certain cases you might have a legal firm that will be willing to represent you on a ‘no win no fee’ basis.   It’s a pretty straight forward concept whereby a solicitor will agree to take your case, on the basis that they will only be paid if your claim is successful. One thing to be aware of is that although you will not have to pay your solicitors fees if you lose, you may however have to pay for your opponent’s legal costs. You could also have to pay for both sides disbursements. Disbursements are expenses paid for things like expert reports or barrister’s opinions.

In obtaining the services of a lawyer you want to be confident that you have a certain level of competency. After all you will be paying good money for the service and want to know you are in good hands. Too many people just get a lawyer and then are unhappy because they does not live up to their expectations or preconceptions. It is important to discuss with the lawyer how much experience he/she has in dealing with cases similar to yours. If the lawyer doubts his or her competence to handle the matter then be sure to ask for a referral to other lawyers who are familiar with cases such as yours. Also ask about the outcome of the other cases that the lawyer has handled, as well as whether or not the anticipated fees and costs that you have been quoted by the lawyer is in line with the fees and costs charged in the other cases.

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