So you’ve posted a legal job, received proposals and selected a lawyer. There’s still one more step – making sure your lawyer is a good fit.
The relationship between a lawyer and client is an important one. You share personal information with your lawyer and get advice on some of life’s most important decisions. It is therefore essential that, after finding a lawyer through LawyerLinx, you speak with them to determine whether you feel confident and comfortable working with them.
After you have found and selected your lawyer, the first thing you need to do is to confirm their status with the appropriate regulatory body. Visit lawyerlinx.com/regulatory-directory to find the body that regulates lawyers in your jurisdiction. In the United States and Australia, this is the state; in the United Kingdom, this is the country; and in Canada, this is the province. Find the lawyer directory and search for your lawyer’s name. Confirm their status with their regulatory body and double-check to ensure their contact information matches the information you have been provided. You should do this any time you hire a lawyer, whether through LawyerLinx, the internet or a personal referral.
The next step is to set up a telephone call or, these days, a virtual meeting, with your lawyer. It will help if you prepare prior to this meeting so try to do some general background research about your legal issue in advance of the meeting. During this meeting, there you should discuss the following:
Finally, if you are willing to proceed with your lawyer, you will likely be asked to enter into a retainer agreement with your lawyer. This agreement would likely deal with their “retainer”, which is a sum of money paid to a lawyer in trust, but the retainer agreement is an agreement which outlines the important elements of your relationship incluidng scope of services, fees and billing and termination rights. Read this document carefully and be sure to ask if you have any questions.
As with any relationship, if you take some at the beginning to make sure your lawyer is the right person for you, you are giving the relationship the best chance to succeed.
This article should not be relied upon as legal advice - the comments may not be applicable to you and may not be up to date. If you have any questions, you should contact a lawyer.