By Amy Yanik Meisel |
- Ask Questions. If you don’t understand something, be sure to ask your attorney. While your attorney should explain the legal process to you in recognizable terms, sometimes she may forget that the Court process is not second nature to everyone. Be truthful with your attorney and let her know your questions.
- Limit your emails and phone calls. Unless absolutely necessary, try putting all your questions and concerns into one email or one phone call per day, instead of peppering your attorney throughout the day with multiple emails and phone calls. You could be billed each time your attorney reviews and answers your multiple emails and calls, which adds up quickly. Instead, limiting yourself to one, all encompassing email or phone call allows your attorney to address your multiple concerns efficiently and in one fell swoop.
- Provide requested documents. Your attorney will ask you to provide him or her with documents supporting your case. Provide them immediately. If you do not, each time your attorney has to remind you that you must provide the requested documentation, your attorney may bill you. It is much easier, and cheaper, to simply provide the requested documentation upon the first request. Plus, this is your litigation and providing the requested documents means you are one step closer to resolving the outstanding issues.
- Get a good therapist. Remember, your attorney is not your therapist. Your attorney is there to provide you with legal advice. While a good attorney always offers an empathetic ear, you are paying your attorney for legal advice. A good therapist can help you sort through your emotions far better than your attorney.
- Issues with your invoice. If you have questions or concerns with your invoice, address them with your attorney immediately. Do not wait. Your attorney is more likely to be open to addressing your concerns immediately after sending out an invoice rather than waiting weeks or even months to bring up an issue when memory may have faded. In fact, many retainers require that questions or concerns be brought to your attorney’s attention within one month of receiving an invoice. Check your Retainer Agreement to be certain. Moreover, your attorney will likely be more willing to consider a reduction in your invoice if you bring your concern to their attention in a timely fashion.