While there are several things you may need to know from your lawyer, there are three questions that should be on your priority list. The questions will help you gauge the suitability of your potential lawyer in representing the case you present him. Your lawyer should be comfortable in answering and discussing these issues so that you maintain a fruitful attorney-client relationship. It will also determine your chance of winning the case.
For how long have you practiced in similar cases?
You will want to know if the attorney is just a beginner or a veteran in the field. The nature of the legal issue will determine how good either of the two can be in representing you. It’s not to mean that beginners shouldn’t handle any case at hand but some cases may be too complicated for them to manage effectively. In this type of question, you may also be interested to know if the attorney has handled similar cases. A simple yes may not necessarily be a sufficient answer hence you need to find out more about where and when the attorney represented a similar case (four cases would be ideal) and what the outcome was. For example, if it’s help on divorce cases or adoption cases, the most appropriate lawyer would be a family lawyer.
What is your opinion about this case?
It’s important to get the attorney’s view on the situation at hand based on an honest preliminary assessment that gauges how the case the case might turn out. Honesty about how strong or weak your case looks like is essential since it prevents cases of later dissatisfaction or financial disaster. It’s in this evaluation that you also get to know exactly how much your attorney will be charging for representation. Typically, lawyers either charge a fixed amount or an hourly rate and there may be other expenses you should know at this point. Additionally, get to know which strategy your lawyer will be using and the reason behind choosing such an approach.
How will your office handle my case?
In this type of question, you should get to know how much time the case will take although lawyers have minimal control over the pace of the process. Get to know exactly who will be handling your case, which way you will use to keep in touch and what are the do’s and don’ts you are supposed to observe during this process. For example, you may be required to refrain from any communications with the witnesses.