FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How can retaining an
attorney benefit me?
Basically, legal advice is like medicine: You can take
some to cure problems and some to prevent them. You need
legal advice to cure problems if you are accused of
committing a crime, if you are being sued or if you want
to sue someone. A lawyer also can help you if you want
to adopt a child, plan for your asset succession,
navigate the probate process and
for many other matters. Sometimes, you can add to your
problems by failing to call a lawyer immediately.
Preventive legal advice often can save you time, trouble
and money by stopping problems from getting started.
Lawyers can help you understand your rights and solve
How long is my case going to take?
Regardless of how fast an attorney may wish to proceed
with a case, its movement through the court system
depends on many uncontrollable factors, among them: the
opposing side's willingness to cooperate or to provide
documents; the availability of the assigned judge’s or
magistrate’s schedule or docket; and motions made by
your attorney and the opposing side and how quickly a
decision is made on these motions.
How can I best assist my attorney with my case?
Be an active participant in your case. Review all
documents, letters or inquiries that you receive from
your attorney and respond to them timely. If you
disagree with or have questions concerning your
attorney’s advice, express them to your attorney
immediately so that you can work together as a team to
reach an acceptable resolution of your case.
Should I tell my attorney the truth about details of
my case that may make me look less favorable?
Inevitably, the attorney is going to learn these details
whether you tell him or her or not (i.e. through the
other side or witnesses to the case). It is always
better for your attorney to know all aspects of the case
(strengths and weaknesses) ahead of time, so that your
attorney has a better ability to defend against the
weaknesses and turn them into positives. However, an
attorney can never permit a client to tell a lie to the
Court that the attorney knows is a lie. Therefore, if
you tell your attorney a “story” and later desire to
change that “story” and testify to that changed “story”
in Court, your attorney will not be able to let you tell
that changed “story” or lie to the Court.