When someone needs an attorney, it can often be the result of an event that results in a change in the trajectory of their life. It can be a positive occasion, such as marriage documents, buying a home or adopting a child. Or, perhaps more often, it is a challenging life period, such as probating a will, a divorce, a personal injury or accident, a child custody battle, being arrested, or being the victim of a crime.
In an effort to provide more transparency about how to best work with your attorney in our five-part blog series, our third post in this series explains how the complicated nature of litigation impacts the attorney/client relationship.
You hire an attorney for legal proceedings because they understand the complex legal system. Situations that seem simple can sometimes become complicated and overwhelming. An experienced attorney understands what is necessary when filing for custody or reaching a divorce settlement. They are an expert in the subject matter of your legal needs, can handle the requirements properly and on time, and can also help break down complicated legal forms, terms, and discussions.
Additionally, the relationship between an attorney and their client is defined by rules of professional conduct. Roles include keeping confidentiality and attorney-client privilege, avoiding conflicts of interest, maintaining professional integrity, and acting as an intermediary.
In many instances, these responsibilities mean that the cost of legal services cannot simply be controlled by limiting the scope of representation. While it is certainly important to understand the fees and how charges are incurred, there are some cases where quoting a fixed fee is not possible. Develop a relationship of mutual respect with your attorney and effective communication can help ensure you are charged reasonably based on the circumstances of your case; however difficult the situation may be.
Contact us to schedule an appointment if you have questions or need to have a conversation about your situation. Our next post in this series outlines the value of legal staff.