What can I do to keep my matter moving forward and my legal costs down?
Since you are paying for your lawyer's time, the less you use, the less it will cost.
Before going to see your lawyer:
- Get all your papers and documents together, and put them in order.
- Write out a timeline of events.
- Note the names and addresses of witnesses or parties.
- Write out the issues upon which you want advice.
When you talk to your lawyer:
- Stick to the facts.
- Tell the lawyer all the facts, good and bad.
- Ask questions if you don't understand the advice you are given.
- Ask what you can do to speed up the case in order to reduce your costs.
- Ask your lawyer to keep you informed of developments in your case.
After you've talked to your lawyer:
- Try not to make unnecessary phone calls to the lawyer's office.
- Consider writing your lawyer instead of calling wherever possible. This provides written record of your dialogue.
- Be realistic about matters in dispute. I.E., one would not spend $1000 on legal fees to recover a $500 T.V.