In choosing to defend oneself or to accept a settlement a client has to be able to estimate legal costs.
1.They need to determine if they can win. That means win + legal costs has to be better than the settlement offered.
2.They need to find out about the process. There is no Handbook that I know of that talks about example costs of discovery, court cost, deposition costs etc.
3.There is no Handbook on how to structure the agreement with the lawyer like contingency etc.
My question is is there a way to find this out for free because in middle of a case and change in tactics, a lawyer would charge to explain their strategy which I find unfair. That is far more expensive than a handbook.