How to Keep Your Legal Bill Down
Lawyers usually bill clients based on the amount of time spent on the client’s matter. Thus, the less time your lawyer spends on your matter, the less expensive the bill.
Here are some ways you can decrease your attorney’s bill:
- In transactions with other businesses, ask for their usual contract agreement for your lawyer to review. This will prevent your lawyer from working from scratch, and provide your attorney a good baseline of understanding about how your kinds of transactions are structured. It also ensures that most of the customary terms are included.
- Think out your issue or problem before meeting with your lawyer. Jot down some ideas on a piece of paper before your meeting. Many lawyers, especially contract lawyers, think in linear/chronological paths, so organizing your notes by dates or logical action items get you more efficient meetings.
- Start out your conversation with your attorney with a clear statement of what you want done, then fill in the details. Do not tell a story where your lawyer has to wait until the end before understanding what you want. If you wait until the end before stating your objective, your lawyer won’t know what information was important and which was not. In that event, he or she will probably need you to repeat parts of your discussion to ensure they were correctly recorded, meaning wasted time.
- Answer exactly the questions your lawyer asks during your meetings. If you are telling a story and your attorney asks you to pause and discuss one aspect in greater detail, then do so. Lawyers are trained to identify issues from conversations with clients, so if your attorney is asking you to talk about one particular thing, it is probably important. Answering questions directly also saves time.
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