“Do I need to engage a lawyer? One of the most common questions that come in the mind of every prospective litigant at the time facing some problem or dispute which disturbs their life. The simplest answer to that question – is “it depends”.
Not every legal matter requires an advocate. While each person’s legal situation is different, there are times when you really should hire a lawyer. Let us try to find out the answers to top questions you should ask yourself and potential lawyer.
Can I Negotiate Settlement?
Sometimes a settlement is the best choice. As in some cases, you may be able to settle your own dispute/claim without legal help. Even some common friend or family member can also help negotiate a fair settlement with the other party or may be to negotiate a settlement with the other party through online dispute resolution platform like YesSettle or through Mediation.
What type of lawyer do I need?
Engaging an efficient and sincere lawyer is not an easy task. Many things need to be kept in mind while engaging a lawyer. Some homework needs to be done to find out the antecedents of good lawyer which can be procured from the local people. No doubt he should be efficient, sincere and act honestly and fairly in a client’s best interests which will lead to the result oriented goal. But before you go online and review the countless of resources available, or call and schedule an initial consultation , it may be a good idea to make a list of specific questions to ask, or at least take some time to think about what type of lawyer you really need.
How much does the lawyer charge?
In the beginning, you should focus on a clear discussion about the fees of lawyer to avoid any confusion later on. Make sure that you understand any additional costs that the lawyer might charge including court costs, copying fees, witness fees, local commissioner fee and costs. Ask the lawyer if they are willing to negotiate.
What can be done if you’re unhappy with their services?
If you are not satisfied with the way your lawyer is doing the work for you or you are unhappy about a lawyer’s conduct, you should first raise your concern with the lawyer and try to sort it out. If you hire a lawyer, you have the right to terminate his services.
What are the strengths and weaknesses of your case?
It is important to find a lawyer who can give you an accurate and honest assessment of your case, including both the strengths and the weaknesses. If the lawyer has promised that your case is weak; or guarantees a win, it is time to talk to another lawyer. In summary, you should analyze your case to find the strengths and weaknesses that help you win.
Who will be working on your case?
Many clients meet with a senior lawyer and are initially impressed by their expertise and professionalism, only to find out later that their case will be handled by a much less experienced junior advocate or associate. Before hiring the services of senior advocate, Make sure that you know who will be working on your case. In some cases, however, having some work done by associates who charge lower fees may be beneficial.