Questions to Ask a Lawyer

What Questions should I ask my Lawyer?

You will probably have many questions for your attorney when you first meet with them. Your lawyer knows that you will have plenty of inquiries regarding your case and their own services. Asking your lawyer questions is absolutely encouraged- in fact, the questions you ask may provide your attorney with information that will be helpful to your case.

However, you don't want to involve your attorney with inquiries that are unrelated to your particular situation. Understand that both you and your lawyer may not have all the time in the world to go over every single question. It is much better for both you and your attorney to plan out your questions ahead of time before the interview.

You may wish to consider dividing your questions into two categories: information regarding the lawyer and information regarding your current legal case:

Information regarding your Lawyer:

Information regarding your Current Legal Case:

The questions above are only general suggestions – be sure to include any inquiries or concerns that could be relevant to your legal claim. Again, be sure to ask the questions that are the most applicable to your case.

Are There any other Considerations to Think About?

You should be aware that conflicts of interest can present challenges for your legal claim. A judge can actually dismiss an attorney from working with a client if they have a conflict of interest which would impair their ability to represent you. The most common conflicts of interest are if the attorney is financially invested in your situation, or if they have previously worked for the opposing party.

Also, in very rare instances, sometimes an additional attorney may be needed. For example, some jurisdictions allow an attorney to negotiate a separate, unrelated business transaction with the client they are currently representing. In such instances, a different attorney might be needed to mediate the contract.

Finally, you should understand that due to time and financial restraints, it might not always be possible to constantly stay in communication with your attorney. You will likely check in with your attorney over the phone at designated times. You will probably only be meeting with them in person if important developments emerge. In between communications with your attorney, be sure to keep track of any additional questions that might come up as the case progresses.

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