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Hiring a lawyer

What can I do to help my lawyer?

There are ways to help make your lawyer's job easier.

Be open and honest

Give your lawyer all the information and let them decide whether it's useful or relevant. Relevant information usually includes what happened when the police arrested you.

Answer your lawyer's questions. Remember, what you tell your lawyer stays private.

Listen and ask questions

To decide whether or not to accept your lawyer's legal advice, you have to fully understand it.

Your lawyer will also have helpful suggestions about what to do and how to behave in court and with the police. To follow these suggestions, you have to really understand what your lawyer means. If you don't understand, let them know.

Be prepared

Bring important paperwork with you to meetings with your lawyer. Prepare a list of questions before the meeting.

Follow up with your lawyer after meetings to make sure that you're doing what you need to do and that your lawyer is doing what they need to do.

Work with your lawyer to make the best decisions

Don't go against your lawyer's advice without a good reason. Remember that they know lots of things that you might not be aware of.

Ask questions and talk to your lawyer if you disagree with their legal advice.

And if you think the advice is wrong for you or your lawyer is not listening to your concerns, don't just ignore their advice. You might need to look for another lawyer.

(Reviewed August 2015)