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What to Expect When You Retain a Lawyer for the First Time

Posted by M. Margaret Gonsalves-Sabola | Oct 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you are retaining an attorney for the first time, you may not know what to expect. Whether you have a business dispute, are getting a divorce, or need an estate plan, the right attorney has the knowledge and experience to help you with your legal needs. In exchange for hiring a lawyer, you get peace of mind.

Your attorney will handle legal strategy

Lawyers handle the legal strategy for their clients' cases and make decisions about the way to proceed. For example, usually your attorney will decide whether to file a particular application in court, or whether to include certain information in a document he or she drafts for you. Your attorney will discuss these matters with you and will advise you on how you should proceed. Your lawyer will consult you about whether to accept a settlement offer and other significant questions that affect the course of your case or dispute. But do not expect to be involved in every decision he or she makes.

Your lawyer needs to know what you know

Honesty is a very important part of your relationship with your lawyer. He or she needs to know all the facts of your case, even if they do not seem important to you or if you think they may harm your case. You also need to give him or her all relevant documents or files. Having this information will help your attorney to give you the best legal representation possible, whether that is defending a lawsuit against you or drafting your will. Further, when you retain an attorney, you begin a relationship of trust and confidence. Your conversations with your lawyer are private, and your lawyer should not share them with anyone except to help in your case.

Communication is key

Having a successful experience working with an attorney requires good communication. Your lawyer needs to know what you expect to accomplish, and you need to know what is realistic to expect for your case. Ask questions about the legal process in your initial meetings. Later, ask for regular progress updates so you know what is happening in your case. Your attorney may be in touch with you often to ask questions or send you drafts of documents. For some types of cases, your attorney may need little help from you, but you should still ask to check in periodically.

In sum, working with a lawyer is a lot like other business relationships. Trust and communication will serve you well as you move forward with your legal needs.

To find out more about retaining a lawyer for a legal dispute, visit Gonsalves-Sabola Chambers online or call the office at +1 242 326 6400.

About the Author

M. Margaret Gonsalves-Sabola

M. Margaret Gonsalves-Sabola is a civil and commercial litigation attorney and an accredited civil and commercial mediator. Margaret has over 21 years' experience in legal practice in the United Kingdom, Jamaica and The Bahamas.


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