Jacksonville Lawyer Client Resources and Information

What You Should Expect From Your Lawyer

Lawyer communication, competency, ethics, and fees are important aspects of an attorney-client relationship. As a summary, you can expect your lawyer to do the following:

  • Give you advice about your legal situation
  • Keep you informed about your case
  • Tell you what he or she thinks will happen in your case
  • Allow you to make the important decisions regarding your case
  • Give you an estimate about what your case should cost
  • Assist you in any cost-benefit analyses that you may need
  • Keep in communication with you
  • Inform you of any changes, delays or setbacks
  • Give you the information you need to make good decisions, and
  • Prepare you for your case, including deposition and trial preparation.

What Your Lawyer Should Expect From You

Hiring a lawyer also creates a few responsibilities for you as a client. As a client, your lawyer can expect you to the do the following:

  • Abide by the agreements that both of you sign
  • Gather all useful evidence and prepare any timelines that are requested
  • Keep your lawyer informed as to any new evidence that may come to light
  • Keep in mind that your lawyer may have other clients that need his or her time
  • Reply to requests from your attorney in a timely manner
  • Inform your lawyer, in advance, when you will not be able to attend certain hearings or other proceedings
  • Pay your bills on time
  • Not to lie to your attorney, and
  • Keep your relationship with your attorney as a business relationship.

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