Hiring and Working with a Lawyer: Answering Your Legal Questions
Almost everything we do is affected by laws. In our democratic society, the courts are available to everyone. Accessibility to the legal system, however, can raise many questions: When do you need a lawyer? Where should you look to find one? For many people, the idea of contacting a lawyer may be intimidating – they might not know if they need a lawyer or how to choose one, what they can expect to pay for legal services, or understand the lawyer's role as advocate and counselor – so they might avoid contacting a lawyer even when it is in their best interests to do so. This pamphlet provides guidelines for choosing and working with a lawyer, and explains what a lawyer can and cannot do for you.
The information covered:
- When should I consult a lawyer?
- May I represent myself?
- Who is the "right" lawyer for me?
- Where do I find a lawyer?
- Should I expect to pay for my first meeting with the lawyer?
- What will happen during my first visit with my lawyer?
- What is a retainer agreement?
- Will I have to pay money up front?
- Can I do anything to reduce legal expenses?
- What should I expect when I hire a lawyer?
- What will my lawyer expect from me?
- Can I change lawyers in the middle of a case if I'm dissatisfied with a lawyer's representation?
- How does a lawyer set fees?
- What happens if you disagree with your lawyer's bill?
- What if I have questions about my lawyer's ethical conduct?
Last updated: 1/2011