Having a written fee agreement is the first step required for reducing your legal costs and expenses. You should discuss your case and the fees with the attorney before signing the agreement. Other than having a written fee agreement, there are other things you can do to control and reduce your legal costs and expenses.
Get Organized – Organization is very important. During your first few meeting with your attorney, provide the attorney will as such information as you can. You should be ready to answer any question which the attorney may ask regarding your case. Similarly, before the meeting, make a list of all questions that you may want your attorney to answer. By doing so you can ensure that you can have all the answers in one or two meeting rather than having multiple meetings.
Complete Disclosure – Inform all facts to your attorney. Never assume that the attorney will know everything. Having the right information is important for your attorney to be able to assist you with the legal issue.
Be Concise – Being friendly with the attorney is good but attorneys tend to charge by the hour and so every minute is important. Stick to the legal issue during your meetings.
Communication – It is important that you communicate properly with your attorney. You should feel comfortable talking to him or her. You should not conceal any information from him or her. If circumstances change, you should immediately inform your attorney.
Check the bill – When you receive the bill, check the bill for costs and expenses not included in the written fee agreement.