The Law Firm of Piacentile, Stefanowski & Malherbe LLP

How to Work With Your Lawyer

Lawyers act as legal advocates, negotiators, confidantes, and consultants. In law firms, "lawyers," also known as "attorneys," carry out legal activities for individuals or companies. In addition to working in various industries, lawyers can focus their practices in certain areas of law. After several years of experience, some lawyers start their own business or move to the legal department of a large company. Those leaving law firms may find work as internal consultants for companies, government agencies, or individual lawyers. Lawyers do not need to work for law firms or prosecutors to have a successful career.

When you hire a lawyer, your lawyer will do most of the work. It is though important to understand your responsibilities as a client and how to best work with your lawyer to achieve the best possible results for your case. A lawyer should keep you informed of what is going on in your case. During initial meetings, the attorney will decide if she wants to handle your case, and you will decide if you want to hire this attorney. Usually, by the end of the meeting, you decide if you want to hire a lawyer, and the lawyer decides if she wants to take care of your case.

Your lawyer will take the lead and do most of the work on your case, but there may be times when your lawyer needs your help (again, good communication is important here). In some types of personal injury cases, it can be very helpful for your lawyer to hire someone to help you understand and demonstrate how the underlying incident happened, find witnesses, or track down useful information about the accused. This person can be a private detective or an accident recovery specialist.

Provide your lawyer with all the information and documents necessary to understand your case, including information that may harm your case or may seem inappropriate to you. After you have completed the process of selecting and hiring a lawyer to represent you in your case, you must collect all information relevant to your case and give it to your lawyer. However, be sure to keep copies of any information you give your lawyer in case something terrible happens, like a law firm fire.

Most lawyers charge an hourly fee, or fraction of an hour, that they spend working on a case. People who do not have the means to hire a lawyer often work with public defenders and lawyers who offer legal assistance.

If you hire a whistleblower or personal injury attorney, like the attorneys here at Whistleblowers International, fees will be a fixed percentage of the total money you will receive if you win your case, as well as reimbursement of costs associated with the case, such as testimony, assessments, and filing fees. You pay nothing for us to represent you!

If your whistleblower lawyer charges you for the time required to obtain general information about your business, consult another lawyer. After you find a suitable lawyer, please continue to ask questions until you are sure that you understand what both parties agree on. Ask the lawyer to send you copies of all important documents in your case.

If the lawyer thinks more information is needed, he or she can call you to make sure you have an appointment. If you need to speak before the trial, find the best time and place to call your lawyer. If you receive a message from your lawyer, please reply as soon as possible.

If you haven't heard an update on the status of the case from your lawyer for a while, call and find out what is happening and ask when the next event will happen. Note though, that whistleblower, mass tort cases, and class actions usually take years to become resolved. A lawyer not doing their job is a serious problem, and you can file a complaint against your lawyer with the bar of the state where you hired a lawyer.

The rules that all lawyers must follow are that a lawyer cannot share information you provide about your case with anyone else unless you agree in advance. Lawyers need to earn the respect and trust of their clients by building trust so that clients feel comfortable enough to share personal information regarding their cases. Lawyers may work differently on the attorney-client relationship, but perhaps the best way is to keep the communication channels open.

Of course, you should never forget that if your lawyer advises you to choose another option for solving your case, for example, accepting an agreement, you must take into account their experience and professional knowledge, even if you disagree. By talking to your lawyer and examining their procedures and the elements of the case, you can draw a conclusion.

However, like any other type of relationship, the relationship you have when you work with a lawyer is a two-way street, which means that your lawyer will have to work as hard on it as you do. If you feel comfortable working with your lawyer and, in turn, your lawyer is comfortable working with you, this can do wonders for your case, not to mention reduce the stress you are likely to experience on it during the entirety of the process. Doing your part right from the start will make it easier for your lawyer to work on your case.