What should I expect when I hire a lawyer?

| Mar 7, 2018 | Professional Malpractice Law

After struggling with a complicated legal issue, you have decided to seek help from an attorney. You did your research, talked to several candidates and have narrowed it down to one. Now, there is just one thing: What should you expect from your lawyer, now that you have hired them?

It is important for clients to be aware of the professional expectations for lawyers. Most lawyers are hardworking professionals, but some try to commit malpractice. If you know what to expect from your attorney, then you will also know whether they are behaving ethically or negligently.

Prompt communication

Lawyers are busy people, but they still owe you prompt communication. This does not necessarily mean that your attorney will be able to respond to your phone call within five minutes. But it does mean that your attorney should respond in a timely manner. Your attorney should also provide you with regular updates on your case.

Knowledge and competency

Clients should expect that their lawyers have knowledge of the legal system and are competent in their field of practice. Although lawyers are humans who are capable of mistakes, your attorney should not make significant errors that affect the outcome of your case. If they do, it could be considered negligence.

Ethical behavior

You should also expect ethical behavior from your attorney. Every state has its own regulations regarding legal ethics, including New Jersey. Some of the common rules that lawyers should follow include maintaining attorney-client privilege, remaining loyal to their clients, putting their clients’ interests above their own and working within the law.

Fair pricing

Sometimes, clients feel frustrated by their attorney’s high fees. There is a difference between a lawyer charging high fees and a lawyer exploiting their clients through unfair pricing. Your lawyer should be willing to set a fee agreement in writing for you. They should also provide clear billing statements for services rendered.