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Hiring a lawyer

Who does a lawyer work for?

You're the client

When you hire a lawyer, the lawyer works for you. This is true even if your parent, another adult, or Legal Aid Ontario pays the lawyer.

This means that your lawyer's job is to get the best legal result for you, not to do what your parents or other adults want.

You make decisions with your lawyer

This means that you, with your lawyer's help and advice, make the decisions about your case, not your parents, your social worker, your youth worker, or anyone else.

You don't have to follow your lawyer's advice. But remember that their advice is based on special knowledge and experience.

Make sure you understand what your lawyer is suggesting and why they're suggesting it.

If you disagree with something, tell your lawyer and try to agree on what to do.

(Reviewed August 2015)