How to have a good relationship with your lawyer
1. Be honest with your lawyer. It can be expensive dealing with something you have kept hidden from your lawyer. Your lawyer's advice is only as good as your instructions and, not surprisingly, it's usually easier to deal with problem issues earlier rather than later.
2. Ask questions if you don’t understand something your lawyer says. You need to understand the information and advice your lawyer gives you, so that you can make decisions and instruct your lawyer on what you want to do.
3.Tell your lawyer what you expect them to do for you. If you want a particular option as an outcome tell your lawyer.
4.Make sure your lawyer is right for you. You need to be able to communicate easily with your lawyer, to feel comfortable asking questions and to feel confident that you can work together to accomplish your goals.
5.Make a list of questions you have or information you want to give your lawyer before you call or meet. Prepare for meetings so that you can make the best use of your time and make sure you don’t forget anything. Limiting the number and length of emails and phone calls to your lawyer can save you money.
6.Be wary of using email to contact your lawyer. Emails are quick and easy, however communicating by email to and from a lawyer can actually be more expensive than meeting with your lawyer.
7.Discuss fees with your lawyer. You are entitled to a clear idea of how much your lawyer’s services will cost and what factors will affect the total cost. Ask what you can do to keep fees and other costs down.
8.Read the costs and other material your lawyer sends you. If you are not sure of something let your lawyer know about it. You both need to be clear on what your lawyer will be doing for you.
9.Talk to your lawyer when you have a problem with the service you are receiving or a concern about your case. Problems cannot be solved if you keep them to yourself. If something is bothering or upsetting you, tell your lawyer.
10.Review invoices for professional fees when received. If you believe it reflects the agreement you made with your lawyer, pay it according to your agreement. If you have concerns about it, discuss it with your lawyer immediately. If you and your lawyer cannot reach an agreement, look into assessment or mediation without delay.
11.Be realistic about what a lawyer can do for you. Lawyers have legal knowledge and expertise that can help you with legal problems. Lawyers cannot change a fixed position adopted by your former partner but should work with you to achieve a realistic outcome.