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Tips For Talking To A Car Accident Attorney

Let’s be honest: if you have to go to a lawyer about something, the chances are that it’s usually not under the best circumstances – especially if you’ve been involved in a car accident. Talking about these issues can be uncomfortable and intimidating, but they’re necessary if you want a solution.

Thankfully, there is a way that you can streamline this process, though, making things easier for you and your lawyer. In this article, we’ll give you some handles on how to talk to your lawyer and prepare for your meetings with them.

Setting the scene

Before we get started on the tips, let’s create a scenario. Say you’ve just been in a collision, and amazingly, you’ve sustained no injuries, but your car is totalled, as is the other car involved. Who’s at fault? When it comes to hospital bills, losses, and damage, things can get pretty expensive and ugly, as nobody wants to pay.

Your first reaction after getting checked out by a doctor is to lawyer up. A car accident attorney is a professional with the knowledge and experience to help you win your case. Here are a few things you should keep in mind when you’re seeking the help of a lawyer.

Tips for talking to a lawyer

As you would imagine, in a scenario like the one described above, there’s going to be a lot of communication between you, as the client, and your lawyer. Going into these meetings prepared can give you the edge and help your lawyer represent you. Here are tips for talking to your lawyer:

1.   Keep in mind that you’re paying per hour

When it comes to dealing with your lawyer, remember that they are the professionals paid for their legal expertise and are worth every second of their time. With most lawyers, you’ll be paying them per hour for their services, so ensure that your dealings are concise to save you cash while still being productive.

Thus, if you go in unprepared and use up more of their time than you need to, there’s a good chance you’ll have to pay a lot more than you anticipated for their services. Aside from overspending, you don’t want to waste your lawyer’s time, which leads us to our next point.

2.   Plan for your meetings in advance

One way to keep your meetings as productive as possible and minimise your lawyer fees is to plan for your meetings ahead of time. If there’s something specific you’d like to discuss with your lawyer, make sure that it’s well-planned so it can be presented to them clearly. You don’t want to spend too much time on what topic.

3.   Remember that your lawyer isn’t only your lawyer

When you’ve been in a car accident, it is understandable to be on edge, and while lawyers are usually quite patient and accommodating, they’re also pretty busy people who have other clients who need their attention, too. So bear with them by understanding that they’ll get your work done when it needs to be. It’s not fair to expect them to work on your schedule.

4.   Always keep them in the loop

To help you properly, your lawyer needs to know everything, especially when talking to a lawyer about an accident. So keep them in the loop about everything and spare no detail. To help your lawyer, you’ll need to cooperate and provide every detail and shred of evidence from the accident to strengthen your case.

5.   Follow through on what you say

Lawyers will often require certain documents or information from you to proceed with your case. Don’t say you’ll get it to them by a certain time and then forget. While we understand that it’s sometimes easy to let this kind of thing fall through the cracks, some of the information your lawyer needs might be time-sensitive, so the sooner you get it to them, the better.

6.   Create a memo before your meeting

This one might be a little out of the box for some of you, but before you go into a meeting with your lawyer, send them an email in advance that describes what you want to discuss. This memo doesn’t have to be broad. It can simply be a few points that you want to go over. This will allow your lawyer to prepare for the meeting accordingly, making it run smoother and faster.

7.   Make sure fees are discussed clearly

There’s nothing worse than getting a surprise bill that has an amount on it that you weren’t expecting. To avoid this, make sure you discuss the costs related to your lawyer’s services before moving forward with them. This will save you a lot of time and hassle. It’s also helpful to remember, though, that lawyers are professionals and are well worth their fees. So, if you want the best service from them, then paying them what’s due is the best way forward.

Final Thoughts

Dealing with lawyers can feel more daunting than it actually is. Remember, they’re professionals who’ve studied to help people like us out of sticky legal situations or to stop us from getting into them in the first place. They’re people you can trust to have your back.