How to Minimize Your Attorney Fees
Knowledge is power. This guide teaches clients that they have a significant role in minimizing their attorney fees. With this knowledge clients are empowered to do what they can to keep their attorney fees as low as possible.
Follow Your Attorney's RequestsReduce the amount of time your attorney needs to handle your case by doing what he/she asks you to. For instance, attorneys often provide clients with forms at the beginning of a case to collect information as fast and accurately as possible. These forms are specially created for that purpose and it is in your own best interest to complete them as fast and accurately as you can. If you don't do this you will waste the attorney's time and your money because they will need to take time (for which you will be billed) to track you down to get the information. Also, having to wait for your information may interfere with your attorney's ability to take action on your case. Such a delay is likely to have negative consequences for you. Any documents you can obtain or running around you can do will reduce the amount of time the attorney and/or staff will have to spend doing it. That will save you money.
Use the Method of Communication that Your Attorney PrefersAttorneys have individual preferences about how they like to communicate with their clients. At the outset of the attorney-client relationship it is wise to ask your attorney what his/her preference is. Nowadays many attorneys prefer text and email to phone calls or even letters. Emails and texts generally take much less time than phone conversations. They also allow your attorney to read them when he/she has time to contemplate a response.
Don't "Drop In" to see Your AttorneyDropping in unannounced often results in clients and their attorneys getting frustrated with one another. It then usually requires time to soothe ruffled feathers. To avoid such time wasting, call ahead. If you want to see the attorney let his staff know and ask if you need an appointment. Do not automatically expect that your attorney will drop everything to meet with you. Attorneys have hectic schedules and any disruption can stop the flow of their work. If you have questions, be sure to ask them as briefly as possible and in the attorney's preferred method of communication. It's better to ask a question than to waste time by doing it wrong. You want to be "on the same page" as your attorney so that you are working toward the common goal of your best interest rather than opposing each other.