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Efficient Communication with Your Lawyer

Posted by attorney Kevin Guyette

While technology provides a way to stay in touch practically 24/7, actual communication, that meeting of the minds necessary for successful litigation has not kept up. Below are some suggestions to achieve that necessary clarity:

  • Write down names, addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses of all persons that MAY possess relevant information. This cuts down on time your lawyer must spend to gather this information

  • Take all papers to the first interview; be prepared to sign authorizations so your lawyer can obtain medical record

  • It is better to provide your lawyer with all the information, and let him/her decide what is relevant

  • Be honest and tell all the facts, pro and con. There are no good surprises, and the sooner your lawyer knows about a negative fact, the more time he has to deal with it

  • Be realistic. A personal injury case has a value range; the hot cup of coffee in the lap was actually reduced upon motion. Sure, we all know somebody who heard about a friend who told a cousin that their case should be worth a million dollars. Have you heard about all the no-cause cases, especially where there was a reasonable offer on the table that was rejected because the plaintiff thought it was too low? Remember, you are not going into a casino, and runaway verdicts are rare, and many injured people come away with nothing

  • Avoid unnecessary phone calls, but do call when you think it is necessary

  • Make sure your lawyer ex-plains; that is, even a complex concept is made simple enough that you can then describe it to a child. Don't however, expect simple solutions to complex matter

  • No lawyer can guarantee results, so don't try to pin him/her down or guess. What if the result is way off ? Either she looks like she does't know what she is talking about, or misjudged, when in actuality, juries are difficult to predict

  • Get dates confirmed, but don't ask when a matter will be concluded if there is no way to reasonably estimate.

-Don't shoot the messenger. If the offer from the other side is low, don't get angry and take it out on your lawyer. It is a disappointment to him as well,and after all, that is why we have courts.

-Don't let too much time go by without at least calling the office to find out what is going on. Balance this with the fact that yours is not the only case in the office; in fact, the busier your lawyer is may be an indication that a lot of other clients feel he is the best lawyer for them as well, and that is a strong sign of a good lawyer.

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