Newsflash: litigation is expensive. Hiring a lawyer is an expensive undertaking. Most lawyers at my experience level charge $350 to $450 per hour!
That’s why it’s important to approach a lawyer-client relationship with efficiency in mind. When you are in the midst of a legal dispute, hiring counsel is absolutely necessary. But how you interact with that lawyer will often dictate the size of your bill.
First, recognize that your lawyer is a legal advisor, sometimes a therapist, but first and foremost an advisor of the law – try to keep your discussion focused on law or strategy. Second, take time to organize your thoughts and questions before you call your lawyer – prepare notes and have a list of questions ready. Third, ask questions about the anticipated expense and your bill – a healthy lawyer-client relationship always involves complete transparency on the legal expense involved.
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