Lawyer Referral and Information
It's always a good idea to check with a lawyer before you make an important decision - whether you are buying a house, making a business deal or settling a dispute.
Helpful Hints for Working With a Lawyer
Ask about cost. If your problem requires more work than the initial half-hour consultation, remember to ask for the lawyer's fees in writing.
Remember your rights. You do not have to hire the lawyer after the initial consultation; feel free to find a lawyer with whom you are comfortable. You have hired a lawyer when you agree to allow them to do more legal work for you.
Be prepared. Bring any papers you think you may need to the first half-hour consultation. Be prepared to give the lawyer all background information. You may also want to prepare a list of questions to ask the lawyer.
Be efficient. If you do hire an attorney, don't make unnecessary phone calls. Most lawyers charge for the time spent on the phone with a client. Keep a running list of questions; cover them in one phone call or ask them at your next scheduled appointment.
Keep records. File any material you receive from your lawyer in one place. Your file is often the best way to answer your questions about your case.