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Questions for your lawyer

Before you start

  • Is the first appointment free and how long does it last?
  • Are you experienced in this area of the law?
  • Can you start straight away?

Communication

  • What is the best way to contact you?
  • How will you keep me informed and how often?
  • How long will it generally take for you to return my phone calls?
  • If you are not available, is there someone else I can talk to?

Costs

  • Can you explain what the costs cover?
  • How likely is it that the costs will go up?
  • Will you be charging for every phone call?
  • Is there any way I can reduce the costs?
  • Will you be handling the case or will someone else be doing some or all of the work?
  • What strategy will you use?
  • Will you need to contract anyone else?
  • Are there any other alternatives?
  • What are my chances of success?

Progress

  • How long is it likely to take from start to finish?
  • What will I be required to do?
  • Will I have to attend court?
  • Is it likely that a barrister will be required, and if so how much will they charge?