Whenever a new client retains a lawyer for a new case, it is the start of a relationship that is likely to last for at least several months. Depending on the type of case, you may have a business relationship with your lawyer for many years, too.
One of the most critical factors in a positive attorney-client relationship is communication. This facet is a two-way street. While the attorney does the heavy workload of navigating the complexities of the case, drafting motions, performing legal research, and more, the client must be able to maintain open communication with the attorney.
This article will discuss several of the most important reasons as to why clients should stay in touch with their lawyers throughout their case.
Updates on New Facts
Every case is unique, but each one has its own facts and circumstances that can evolve over time. For example, if you were charged with domestic assault and the alleged victim makes repeated attempts to contact you after you’ve been arrested, that’s important information to share with your attorney. It may not seem vital at the time it’s happening, but these facts can influence how a court looks at the case and all its evidence.
The same concept applies to other legal areas too; whether it is personal injuries, business disputes, real estate transactions, and others, your attorney should be updated with new relevant facts. In legal situations, it is better to over-report to your attorney than it is to leave things out.
Additionally, failing to update your attorney may leave them to be surprised when it comes time to meet in a mediation or to stand in front of a courtroom. If the opposing counsel has updated facts that did not make it to your own attorney, it could prove to be detrimental to your case.
Understand your Case Progress
As previously mentioned, communication is a two-way street when it comes to client-attorney relationships. While it is important for the client to keep the attorney updated on new facts, it is also just as important for the attorney to keep the client updated on what is going on with their case.
It is completely reasonable to feel emotionally vested in your legal case. Depending on the nature of the situation, it may be a very high stress conflict that needs to be resolved. Every hearing, phone call, or court conference typically leads your case one step closer to a resolution. These events may also change the direction of your case, and it is important for you to be updated about what is going on.
At the start of your relationship with your attorney, it is a good idea to establish what sort of communication you can expect. Depending on the firm’s organizational system, you may have to call ahead to schedule times to speak to an attorney when they are free, or sometimes you may be able to call and speak directly to the attorney you hired. Either way, it’s a good idea to find out how and when you’ll be able to talk to your attorney. Additionally, you will want to confirm with your attorney that you will receive regular updates after any events such as hearings or mediations involving your case.
It has been established that a good attorney-client relationship involves communication from both parties. Another critical component is building trust between both the lawyer and client. Trust is not something that can be formed overnight.
Regardless of the case’s nature, building a trustworthy relationship will take time. A client must know that their attorney truly is representing their best interests, and an attorney must know that their client is following their legal advice and providing all available information about their case.
Contact Jordan Law
As we enter the new year, Jordan Law wants to encourage all our clients, whether they are considering retaining our services or have been long-term clients, that we strive to maintain open lines of communication. If you would like to get in touch with Jordan Law for an initial consultation, please contact us today.