Many people fret about the expense of using a lawyer, but often don’t realise that they are unwittingly increasing the legal fees by their own behaviour. Here are a couple of hot tips which will keep them to a minimum.
It is important to remember that you are buying the lawyer’s valuable time, so for everything you ask your lawyer to do, check whether you can do any of the work yourself so as to make your lawyer’s job easier and ultimately shorten the time they need to spend on you. In practice this means doing the following:
- Provide as much detail as possible about what the problem is at the outset. If you just say: “Please advise me about setting up a business”, the lawyer will need to come back with all sorts of questions about size of business, whether online or not, what you will be offering…..
- Try to reply to your lawyer’s emails/calls as quickly as possible. The longer you leave it, when you do actually reply, your lawyer will have to take time reminding him/herself what the issue was and this of course costs you money!
- If you do make changes to documents that you are sent by your lawyer, do use the ‘track change’ facility or highlight what you have changed, otherwise we have to play ‘spot the difference! Again this takes time and time=money!
All of these may seem obvious, but I have experienced all of the above situations first hand….