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How to communicate with your lawyer

If you’ve never practised law and get most of your legal knowledge from trashy courtroom dramas, you might struggle when it comes to communicating with your lawyer. Whether you’ve had an accident, injury, or been a victim of medical malpractice (like the lexican lawsuit, for example) you’ve probably already got a lawyer and speak to them regularly. Whilst this might come easily to some people, you might feel worried about misunderstanding your lawyer, or have to go home and look things up afterwards. But communicating with your lawyer shouldn’t be difficult – so what can you do to help?




Be clear
Building relationships is important, and it relies on clarity. How can you expect to understand your lawyer, if they don’t understand you? So, when you speak to your lawyer, make sure you have a solid understanding of what you want to communicate. Do you know the order of the events? Can you explain them well? Are you missing any details? Providing all the information in a clear, detailed manner will enable them to understand the facts as well as you do, and this will strengthen your relationship. If you’re worried that you’re not being clear, practice speaking everything through with a friend, relative or partner.



Be honest
Honesty is another key part of the relationship between a lawyer and client. If your story is missing key elements or you stretch the truth, your lawyer will have reasons not to trust you. Being open and honest will make the relationship stronger and communication will become much easier.

Ask questions
Most good lawyers will tell you everything you need to know. But if they don’t? Ask questions. This is your case, your life, and you deserve to understand everything that is happening and know all the facts. Asking questions will also help to keep the conversation two-sided and your lawyer will appreciate that you are actively participating. It will encourage him or her to keep you in the loop, whilst also demonstrating that you understand everything they are telling you.

Take notes
You might take notes when you have a lengthy doctor’s appointment, so why not do so in a lawyer’s office? Sometimes, you might feel overwhelmed or bombarded with information when your lawyer is talking, so bringing a notepad and pen and writing notes can prove extremely helpful. You can always read over the notes and, if anything is unclear, ask your lawyer about them later. It’s better to be over-prepared than feel anxious and worried that you don’t have all the relevant information.

Be firm
Whilst you might not want to offend your lawyer, they are doing you a service, and therefore that service needs to be right. If you don’t think your lawyer is communicating effectively with you, you need to tell them. They might not have had this feedback before, and will need to work on their communication skills. Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself and ask for the service you deserve.

32 comments

  1. Lots of people are scared of asking questions because they think someone may perceive them as stupid. I think it's important to be an inquirer because there's simply nothing wrong with that and it's better to ask than to sit quietly, not understanding half of the terms.
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    1. People need to ask questions and understand what they are into. Laywers should also do well to encourage them by making them comfortable.

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  2. These are all great tips! Have a great week!

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  3. These are really excellent tips. Thank you for sharing them!
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  4. Very good advice, I agree on everything
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  5. Great advice, it's so important to have clear communication and understand what exactly is going on. One of my best friends is a solicitor so thankfully I have someone else there to ask if there's ever a problem x

    Sophie
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    1. Oh that's really great and lucky you.

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  6. This is super informative dear. Thanks for the tips!

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  7. Luckily I had never to consult a lawyer. What fabulous tips though!

    xx Simone
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    1. Oh glad you saw this. Thank you for stopping by.

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  8. I think anytime we need a lawyer isn't going to necessarily be a happy time for us (wills, accidents, custody, divorce...) and we're not necessarily going to be thinking our most clearly. It's good to have these guidelines so we can prepare ahead of time, write it down, and remember what we need to discuss. Thank you so much for sharing these great tips.

    Ruth
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    1. You just said it all and that is the job of the lawyer to help us understand the whole process.

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  9. Very interesting post! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Amen oh...lol thanks for stopping by.

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  11. Thank you for sharing these great tips.

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  12. great tips for communicating with a lawyer.

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  13. Sounds like a sharp task! Luckily I never had to go trough this, but if it ever happens, these are some great advises!

    LackaDaisy

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and finding this informative.

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  14. This is very interesting! I don't think I have ever seen a post like this before, and it's always good to know more about stuff like this!

    Have a good week! :)

    Amy x Wandering Everywhere

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