Doing business with a lawyer
Here are the steps you should follow as well as some sound advice to help you get the best service from your lawyer, from your first meeting to the moment you are billed.
Prepare a list of questions
Here are some common questions a client may have:
Prepare and organize your papers and documents
These may include:
Describe your situation
On a sheet of paper, write down all the elements of your situation or all the events in the order in which they happened, and describe them in as much detail as possible.
List the names and contact information of the people associated with your situation
Or involved in it.
The first meeting is important, because it will determine what you can expect from your lawyer. That's why you should not hesitate to ask your lawyer:
Lastly, don't hesitate to ask for an estimate of the fees you will have to pay and require detailed invoices for the services rendered by your lawyer: description, date and time of the steps taken, number of hours worked, expenses, etc.
In addition, you can ask your lawyer to give you written confirmation of the mandate you have given him and the costs that will be involved. For that purpose, here is a template of an Engagement and Professional Fee Agreement you can use when you meet with your lawyer.