Working With a Lawyer — Some Things You Should Expect

Previously on the blog, we talked about what you should expect from an elder law attorney. Today, the attorneys at Davidson Law Group provide a general overview of what to expect from a lawyer and what the lawyer should expect from the client.

After doing research and finding an attorney, both lawyers and clients have some obligations as they begin working together.

Communicate Effectively

Your lawyer will generally be upfront about your case and what will be expected of you. He or she will work with you to determine a preferred method of communication, whether it’s emails, phone calls, face-to-face meetings, or a combination of these. Your lawyer should inform you of any delays or date changes. The importance of communication between the attorney and the client applies to both parties, so be sure to ask questions and communicate any concerns you may have about your case.  

Adhere to Ethical Guidelines

The attorney-client privilege means that your lawyer has a duty to keep whatever you say confidential. While attorneys abide by a strict ethics code, you as the client need to be honest at all times. The lawyer should always act in your best interest and work within the bounds of the law.

Bill Fairly

When it comes to fees, your attorney should give an estimate for what things will cost. He or she should explain what your case is worth and help you analyze the cost-effectiveness of various strategies. They will explain to you when payments are expected and what they charge (hourly or flat-rate). If any disputes arise regarding fees, our attorneys at Davidson Law Group will work with you to clear up any confusion right away. Also, if a term in the fee agreement is unclear to you, ask your attorney to re-write it in a way that makes sense to you.   

Core Competency

Competency refers to the core knowledge and expertise of an attorney in handling a client’s legal issue. You can expect your lawyer to give you advice about your legal situation and be knowledgeable about the subject matter. Our attorneys are trusted experts in the areas of estate planning and elder law. If a mistake is made, we will fix it the best way we can.

What Else is Expected of You

When you hire a lawyer, you also have a few responsibilities. As a client, your lawyer can expect you to do the following:

  • Follow the agreements that both of you sign
  • Prepare a written summary and chronology of events
  • Inform your lawyer of new developments
  • Provide requested information promptly
  • Pay your bills on time
  • Maintain a business relationship
  • Respect your lawyer’s time and schedule
  • Let your lawyer know if you’ll be unavailable

Keeping all of these things in mind can help you through the process of estate planning, elder law, or another area of legal need.

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