The Benefits of Effective Communication Between Client and Attorney
If you are hiring a business attorney or attorney to represent you in any personal or professional legal matter, it is essential you do everything you can to enable your attorney to best represent you. This means you are going to need to communicate openly and effectively. While this sounds intuitive and easy, it can be a little intimidating when it comes to telling them certain details about why you need their representation. So, let’s look at what you can do to improve communication with your business attorney and how it can help them better represent and protect you and your business.
The good news is that an experienced business attorney will have some preferred methods of communication they will outline for you, so the first step, as you might imagine, is to listen. Your attorney has more than one client and relies on systems to help them balance their time between clients. Understanding this and doing your part by following any requests they make as to how and when to communicate is the first step to much stronger communication with your business attorney.
Some Communication Tips for Talking With Your Business Attorney
Every attorney is different, just like every person is different. Make sure to find out in your very first meeting with your attorney how they prefer you to contact them. Is it email? A telephone call? Again, it’s important to listen to your attorney and be flexible about how they prefer to communicate. Making it as easy as possible to share information with your attorney is only going to benefit the quality of protection and representation they can provide to you or your company.
It’s a great idea to discuss this at your initial consultation and before you make a decision about hiring your counsel. This will allow you to avoid situations that won’t be ideal before it’s too late and there is nothing you can do about it.
Here are some other quick tips to help you get the most out of your relationship with your business or personal attorney:
- Ask when the best time to contact them is and try to contact them during those times. Often, attorneys have set court appearances or appointments, so reaching them without knowing their schedule can be hard.
- Ask who you should contact in the event of an emergency if they are not available.
- Organize your thinking before you try to communicate. Try to gather the important facts for them ahead of time – who, what, when, where, why and how. Sit down and write out events or information if needed.
Your business attorney is only as good as the information they have received from you. Doing everything you can to make your communication with them timely, clear, and effective will benefit you in many ways. If you have any additional questions about using a business attorney or wish to discuss other related legal issues, call Stephen Rizzieri at 214.434.1017 or fill out the form on our law firm site today.