Next Steps – What To Do After You Select A Lawyer
Dec 01, 2014

So you’ve posted a legal job, received bids and selected a lawyer. There’s still one more step – making sure your lawyer is a good fit.

The relationship between a lawyer and client is an important one. You share personal information with your lawyer and get advice on some of life’s most important decisions. It is therefore essential that, after finding a lawyer through Lawtendr, you meet with them to determine whether you feel confident and comfortable working with your selection.

Licensing Status

After you have found and selected your lawyer, the first thing you need to do is to confirm their status with the appropriate regulatory body. Visit https://lawtendr.com/regulatory-directory to find the body that regulates lawyers in your jurisdiction. In the United States and Australia, this is the state; in the United Kingdom, this is the country; and in Canada, this is the province. Find the lawyer directory and search for your lawyer’s name. Confirm their status with their regulatory body and double-check to ensure their contact information matches the information you have been provided. You should do this any time you hire a lawyer, whether through Lawtendr, the internet or a personal referral.

Meeting with your lawyer.

The next step is to set up a meeting with your lawyer. Ideally this should take place in person, but a phone call may be the only option in certain circumstances. It will help if come to this meeting prepared so try to do some general background research about your legal issue in advance of the meeting. During this meeting, there you should discuss the following:

  • your legal issue
  • your lawyer’s experience with the legal issue
  • the documentation and other information your lawyer will need from you
  • your lawyer’s billing policy (if you are required to pay for expenses or disbursements, get an explanation of what type of expenses to expect and an estimate)

Retainer Agreement

Finally, if you are willing to proceed with your lawyer, you will be asked to enter into a retainer agreement with your lawyer. This is not a “retainer” in terms of a sum of money paid to a lawyer in advance to cover legal fees, but an agreement which outlines the important elements of your relationship. Read this document carefully and be sure to ask if you have any questions.

As with any relationship, if you take some at the beginning to make sure your lawyer is the right person for you, you are giving the relationship the best chance to succeed.