Ways that You Can Work With Your Lawyer

While any legal matter you can imagine will involve at least some direct work with your lawyer, not every situation calls for you to spend a great deal of time working together. There are situations in which it is best to leave the matter in the hands of a professional, and only get involved when the lawyer requests additional information or help. A few simple guidelines will help you understand how when and how much you need to work hand in hand with your legal counsel.

The Initial Consultation

During the initial consultation, provide all the information you have that is relevant to the legal matter. Take along documents, names, dates and anything that you think will be of value. Your lawyer can look over the data, ask some basic questions and then tell you if there is anything else he or she needs to get started. If not, then you can leave all the data with the lawyer and turn your attention to other matters.

Status Updates

From time to time, expect your lawyer to contact you with updates on the status of your case. During those contacts, the professional may ask a few additional questions. The answers you provide make it eas-ier for the lawyer to determine what needs to be done next, and how much of a role you will play in that next step.

Additional Meetings

As the case advances, the lawyer may need your help in gathering additional information. For example, you may have access to bank records or employment information that has some bearing on the case. While the lawyer could use legal means to secure the data, this could generate some attention that is not in your best interests at the present time. If you can obtain that information legally and discreetly, that ap-proach is likely to be the best way to proceed.

Making Decisions About Future Courses of Action

Your lawyer will make sure you know what options you have at every stage of the case. Those options may change as more information comes to the fore. When this happens, you and your lawyer will work closely to compare the pros and cons of each option, then decide what to do next. This helps to ensure you know what could happen and can make an informed decision about what you really want to do.