It's best to contact an attorney when you feel that your rights have been violated, your freedom has been compromised or your finances have been jeopardized. Handling legal issues yourself is not advisable. Since you are held to the same standard as an experienced lawyer, it is important to navigate through the process with informed decision making. It is also important to refrain from signing any legal documents without a professional review.
What is 'Legal Advice'?
When you are given professional advice from an attorney, it is a formal opinion drawn from many years of study and training that may include hours of research through, for example, volumes of material to ensure coverage of all of the laws and evidence relevant to your circumstance.
The provision of legal advice will often involve analyzing a set of facts and advising the client to take a specific course of action based on the applicable law.
How are fees set?
In determining the total cost of service, an attorney must consider the depth in difficulties surrounding your legal issue, the amount of time it may take to resolve, and the value of the results obtained. Attorneys have certain unavoidable expenses required in order to serve clients efficiently. These may include the time gathering evidence and carrying out necessary procedures in addition to applicable court and filing fees. In cases that involve the recovery of money, the charge may be based on a contingency fee or percentage of the amount recovered. Other cases may be best calculated hourly or using a flat fee. In most situations, an estimate of the charges will be provided at the initial consultation.
How do I prepare for my first meeting with an attorney?
Plan to go to the first interview with an open mind.
A few basic questions to ask upon hiring an attorney: ·Have you handled matters like mine? ·What are the possible outcomes of my case? ·What are my alternatives in resolving the matter? ·Approximately how long will it take to resolve? ·Do you recommend mediation or arbitration? ·What are your rates and payment options? ·How will you keep me informed of progress?
What should I expect when I hire an attorney?
You are hiring an attorney to work for you‚ as your advocate.
You should expect your attorney to:
·Confer with you to pinpoint the problem ·Research and analyze applicable facts and information ·Identify and interview those involved ·Negotiate a settlement if possible ·Keep you informed and promptly answer questions ·Communicate fees and payment options ·Be candid with you and the decisions made ·Keep in confidence anything you say
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