No one likes getting divorced, but sometimes life doesn’t give you a choice if you want to stay sane. And that means you’ll have to hire a lawyer to help you out. Knowing that you’ll have to talk to a lawyer can add a whole new level of stress to your life, but it doesn’t have to. Communicating with lawyers isn’t as difficult as you might think. Here are 5 tips to help you learn the trick.
When you’re going through a divorce, you need your lawyer to know all the facts. If your lawyer doesn’t know pertinent details—like your spouse making a certain amount of money or the circumstances around the time your son broke his leg—he won’t be able to represent you as well as he could otherwise.
Be as honest as you can be while communicating. When you’re as honest as you can be, your lawyer can plan out a good defense should your spouse’s lawyer bring up a situation that puts you in a bad light. It’s never a good thing for a lawyer to be surprised in court—especially when you can do something about it. Tell them everything. The more they know, the more they can help you. And if you’re worried about your lawyer knowing too much and revealing private information, don’t be. Attorney-client privilege protects the information you give your lawyer, so they can’t reveal anything you say without your permission.
Every decent lawyer has a secretary in charge of their schedule. Get to know your lawyer’s secretary. Befriend him or her. Remember little details about them, to show them that you care. If your spouse misses a child support payment or something happens to one of your children, you’ll have to go through the secretary first to get to your lawyer, and if they’re on good terms with you, you’ll probably get in to see your lawyer a lot faster than you would otherwise.
If you have any questions about the court proceedings, paperwork, or any other legal matter, don’t be afraid to ask. Your lawyer is your legal counsel, and as such, they are there to counsel you. However, they can’t counsel you unless they know your questions. If you don’t ask questions and let them know your knowledge about legal matters (even if you know next to nothing), the best your lawyer can give is general advice and hope that it’s enough. Make the money you’re paying worthwhile.
Types of Communication
Face-to-face communication is important for the first couple of meetings with your lawyer. That type of communication is the best way to get a read on a person. After those first few times, though, you don’t need to meeting in person regularly. There are many other valid ways to communicate, like through phone or email. Make use of them, because oftentimes, they’re a lot more convenient for the types of questions and advice you need.
To go along with the above point, make sure you’re making the most of your money. You’re paying your lawyer for the amount of time they spend on your case, including phone calls and emails they have to respond to.
By saving some of your questions until you can ask multiple questions in an email, rather than sending a bunch of emails with one question in each of them, you’ll save yourself a nice chunk of money, and your lawyer will be appreciative, because no one likes answering five or six emails from the same person in one day.
Getting a divorce is never a fun experience, but by knowing how to communicate with your lawyer, it can make the process a lot less stressful. From Dallas to Kingston, personal injury lawyers, divorce lawyers, and criminal lawyers all speak the same language, and by following these tips, you can pass that language barrier and learn to communicate with them.
Eloise Hamilton has always been fascinated with law. In college, she studied the subject briefly before switching to business, but she still loves to maintain her knowledge of all things law, by visiting all kinds of law sites like Ontario Injured. She seeks to inform the general public about the finer details of law in a way they can understand.
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