Before you hire any lawyer, you want to get all of the minor details our of the way to make sure that everyone will run smoothly along the road. This is way many individuals go through a research process before they select an attorney. However, once you have narrowed down your decision, don’t forget to ask those important questions that will ensure that the time you spend working together will run as smoothly as possible.
How Do You Bill?
Many people are afraid to talk billing and cost up front. However, it is an important issue. You need to be aware of how and when you will be billed so that you can plan for it. This is one of the first questions you should ask your lawyer. You do not want a bunch of surprises down the road, so ask specifics. Will you be billed a flat fee or an hourly rate. Even ask for an estimated cost if you want to.
How will you respond to me needs throughout the case?
This is another great question. As the client, you will have needs that the lawyer will need to meet. Make sure you understand how the client plans on meeting these needs. Hopefully the lawyer will be able to make you feel like a priority even though they obviously have other cases to worry about.
What happens if you die or retire?
This may sound like an odd question, however it is an important one to consider. Imagine investing money in the case with the lawyer and finding out that he or she died before the case was settled. What happens to your investment and/or the case? Although this is an uncomfortable subject to bring up, make sure that you do. It will protect your interests in the event of a tragedy. The client should always be taken care of no matter what happens.