How can you hold down your legal fees? Its Easy.
With a little common sense, it is easy to minimize the fees you have to pay. Much has to do with exercising self control and being organized so we do not have to do it for you. Here is a short list of easy things you can do to hold down your costs:
- Take down the names, addresses and telephone numbers of virtually everyone involved, as well as all the facts you can recall which relate to the matter. Doing this on your own will certainly reduce the time the lawyer needs to spend obtaining the information.
- Take all papers, faxes, emails, contracts and notes relating to the case to the first meeting with the lawyer. It wastes time for us to have to call you back or hunt for these items.
- Be as brief as possible in all interviews with the lawyer. It may feel good to talk, but it is costly. Remember that hand holding is expensive, however nice it feels. Talking with the lawyer can give you your first real sense of relief and feeling of comfort regarding your problem. But keep in mind that stretching out the meeting because it feels good usually generates higher costs without resulting in any additional legal value.
- Do not let emotion color the facts given--be as objective and accurate as possible.
- Leave out things the lawyer does not need to know. Details about your morning or reminiscences are not going to help your case and can cost money.
- Make full and honest disclosure to the attorney of all the facts, good or bad. This is essential to assessing the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and needed to giving useful advice and handling your case correctly. Remember, your communications with your attorney or lawyer are privileged and your he or she will keep your secrets in strictest confidence.
- Avoid unnecessary telephone calls to the lawyer. (Understand that you are being billed for these calls.) Some clients call the lawyer any time they feel emotionally uneasy. This does nothing for your case and runs the bill up very quickly.
- Get legal advice before signing documents or taking legal action. Then, follow the advice of the lawyer. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as they say.
- Consider the economic advantages or disadvantages of a proposed legal action by discussing it with your attorney. (For instance, would the court costs and legal fees be more than the amount you would like to recover?)