If you have never hired a lawyer before, you may not know what to expect from an attorney-client relationship. There are certain ethical laws that bind lawyers. Some of these include:
- Avoiding conflicts of interest – the attorney cannot represent someone else whose interests are adverse from yours in that matter.
- Confidentiality – anything that you talk about with your lawyer is confidential between the two of you.
- Competent representation – if the matter is too complex or your lawyer does not have time to get caught up to speed on your case, they must let you know.
- Representing a client with loyalty – your lawyer should represent your point of view, but must not advise you to do anything fraudulent or illegal. They must also keep you informed of the status of your case.
When hiring a lawyer, make sure your fee agreement is in writing. In some states it is required to do this, but either way it is a good idea. The agreement should include how often you will be billed and your lawyer should provide a statement detailing all account activity.
Lastly, in order for you to form a trusting relationship with your lawyer, communication is key. Your lawyer should describe your legal matter in a way that you can understand. He or she should also let you know what problems to expect and how they will be handled.
If you want a lawyer who is compassionate and willing to fight for you, call the McMinn Law Firm today to set up an appointment.