Working with your Lawyer

Under­stand­ing the rela­tion­ship between your­self and your lawyer is impor­tant.  Obvi­ously, you do not want to waste your attorney’s time with silly ques­tions which will cost you unnec­es­sary legal fees but more impor­tantly you should be aware of what you con­trol and what you do not in an the attorney-client relationship.

The rea­son why you hire an attor­ney is to pro­vide you with legal advice and coun­sel.  Lawyers are trained in the law and as a result can uti­lize their knowl­edge in prepar­ing your case.  Lawyers are able to deter­mine what is rel­e­vant to the legal issues before the court and what judges and juries con­sider impor­tant.  You should not feel dis­cour­aged if your attor­ney tells you that they do not think some of the infor­ma­tion you are shar­ing with them is not impor­tant to present to the judge.  Most often the attor­ney will have a legal rea­son for not pro­vid­ing cer­tain infor­ma­tion to the court.  Remem­ber you have emo­tions invested in your case which is why you want your lawyer to think of what will help win your case.  Ulti­mately, your lawyer deter­mines what motions to file in court and what evi­dence to present and a good lawyer will explain to their client why they have cho­sen a par­tic­u­lar strat­egy.  The client deter­mines whether to accept an offer or settlement.

The infor­ma­tion con­tained in this post does not con­sti­tute legal advice.  You should always con­sult with a lawyer regard­ing your par­tic­u­lar facts and cir­cum­stances.  This post­ing does not cre­ate an attorney-client rela­tion­ship with the Law Offices of DeDecker & Meltzer LLP.

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None of the infor­ma­tion on this site con­sti­tutes legal advice. It is an ad for attor­ney ser­vices. The attor­neys at DeDecker & Meltzer are licensed attor­neys in the state of Cal­i­for­nia. The infor­ma­tion is intended to be gen­eral in nature as there are many laws and reg­u­la­tions not men­tioned on this site that may apply to your sit­u­a­tion.