Before heading to trial, your lawyer told you that you had a slam-dunk case. But on your day in court, you were stunned when the other side won and you lost miserably. Now, you are hurt, angry and several thousand dollars poorer.
If you have ever been involved in a legal case, you know just how important deadlines can be. When it comes to the law, missing a deadline can mean the difference between your case moving forward and your case being stuck in the mud.
When you hire a lawyer to work on your case, you should have good communication with his office. You must often contact his office to provide additional information about your case. His often must regularly contact you to inform you about your case’s status. Ultimately, communicating with your lawyer should be frequent, informative and mutually satisfactory.
In a previous blog post, we discussed what you should do if you feel that your lawyer is negligent. Understanding the steps to take is crucial to resolving your issue and holding your negligent attorney accountable for their actions.
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?
Many clients who have worked with negligent or incompetent attorneys consider filing a formal complaint, but choose not to. There are several reasons why clients may decline to file a complaint. Lawyers hold a certain position of power in their relationships with clients, and many people feel too intimidated to make a formal complaint. In other situations, clients may form a close bond with their attorney and feel guilty about filing a complaint against them.
Hiring an attorney requires a huge amount of trust. You are putting an important part of our life in someone else’s hands. Clients rarely have extensive legal knowledge, so they have to trust that their attorney is a reliable person who knows what he is doing. In the attorney-client relationship, it is the responsibility of the attorney to act as a diligent advocate.
When it comes to hiring a lawyer, knowing what you don’t want is just as important as knowing what you do want. You need to be able to rule out lawyers who won't be a good fit. After all, the success of your case may hinge on the skill of your attorney.
If you are in the market for a lawyer, you probably have a lot on your mind. After all, no one decides to hire a lawyer for fun. The legal issue that you are dealing with may have you feeling overwhelmed. You are on the right track by seeking out knowledgeable legal counsel.
In our last post, we examined a few of the common ways that lawyers overcharge their clients. Sadly, there are so many ways that attorneys have tried to financially exploit their clients that we had to create a second blog post to cover them all. This post will conclude our examination of the most common methods that lawyers may use to overcharge the people who trust them.