Hiring an attorney to help with a legal matter is a big decision – and making the right choice can be crucial to the success of your case. Following are some basic points concerning what makes a good attorney-client relationship, as well as understanding what to expect during the legal process.
Trust is Crucial
Every attorney-client relationship is based on trust. Once you hire an attorney, it is vital that you be completely honest and forthcoming when discussing your case. Your attorney is bound by law to keep all communications confidential (except in extremely rare circumstances). That means that everything you say to your lawyer will be kept between the two of you.
Voice Your Concerns
If at any time you are unhappy with your attorney or the way the case is being handled, speak up immediately. A good attorney will address your problems or concerns by explaining the situation and ensuring that you are satisfied.
Be Prepared for Meetings
When meeting with an attorney for the first time, you can get things off to a great start by being prepared. Bring any documents or items that you think may be helpful to your case. This may include accident reports, police reports, medical bills, medical records, photos, videos and any type of legal documents.
What to Expect From Your Attorney
A good attorney will explain the basic legal process as it pertains to your case. If there’s something you don’t understand, ask questions. A reputable attorney will also do the following:
- give you an honest assessment of your chances of winning the case
- advise you about their fees
- always behave ethically
- advise you of your legal rights and responsibilities
- represent your legal interests professionally and diligently
- submit legal documents promptly and provide you with copies when necessary
- answer your questions and phone calls promptly
- keep you updated on your case