1. Become organized. Write detailed notes that outline your problems or questions. Make sure to provide your attorney with every detail, and let him decide what is important about your case.
2. Full and honest disclosure of the facts. It’s important that you give a complete and honest description of your problem, including info that might be favorable, unfavorable or embarrassing. To leave out minor facts or details could have a very negative impact on your case. If you fully disclose the facts about your situation then your attorney will be better equipped to advise you. Remember that there are rules that require your attorney to keep your information confidential.
3.Discuss fees. Your attorney will want to discuss fees at the first meeting, and you should be prepared to do the same. You can and should negotiate fees and discuss payment plans with your attorney. Get your agreement in writing and keep a copy for your file. Most disputes about fees happen because there is no written record of an agreement.
4. Ask a lawyer questions. This is so that your lawyer will be better able to serve you. Understanding the legal process will aid you in understanding how an attorney is working and what type of information is required for your case. Remember, you’re paying for your attorney’s time. It’s better to ask several questions at one, instead of calling your lawyer whenever something pops up. He could charge you for each call depending on your agreement.
5.Understand what you sign. Before you can sign a document, ask your attorney to fully explain to your satisfaction any document. What can be clear and routine to an attorney can be confusing to people who do not have formal legal training.
6.Keep your own records. You should request copies of all the documents that are prepared in your case. You should also keep the agreement between you and your attorney on file. You may want to access this information later.
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