Once you get involved in a dispute, claim, or trial, you will have to pay the lawyer and court fees – there’s almost no way to avoid paying them. Even if you work with personal injury lawyers who often require no direct payment if they don’t win your case, you still may have to pay some court fees.
Because of this, today’s article is dedicated mainly to managing lawyer and court fees so that you don’t ruin your finances on a case – regardless of whether you expect to win or lose it.
Here’s how to put finances first in a legal matter!
Small Talking with Your Lawyer
You should never engage in small talk with your lawyer, especially if you pay them by the hour. There may be the need to make comments about the system or your particular case, but if they don’t actively help you, it’s better not to mention them.
Why? Because the lawyer’s bill will most likely also include such conversations/calls. Don’t take their time for granted unless you’re close friends.
Lawyers or courts often need photocopies of various documents during a case. Depending on its magnitude, hundreds of pages may need to be photocopied. If the lawyer or court does this, you will be subjected to a rather large bill.
However, what some lawyers usually avoid mentioning is the fact that you can do the photocopying yourself. If you can, go ahead and photocopy all the required documents – you can do so for as little as 20 cents a page.
Clarify Lawyer Terms
Naturally, one of the most important things you have to do is clarify the terms under which your lawyer will be working. Namely, how they will tax you, how many times you’re allowed to call, whether they work by the hour or minute or day, provide a monthly billing plan option, and whether they tax you as a whole or for specific services only?
Knowing as much as possible about a lawyer’s fees can help you reduce them significantly. Last but not least, make sure to write down the time you spend talking to your lawyer (both in-person and on the phone) so that you avoid any potential time discrepancies.
Be Prepared to Be Flexible
Your lawyer will tell you everything there’s to know about potential court fees – besides photocopying documents. Such information will help you better manage your case-related finances – but won’t be able to cover any additional or surprise costs.
Depending on how a case unfolds, you may be required to pay the court or your lawyer for extra services. Always be ready to dish out more money – but never do so without exactly knowing what you are paying.
The Bottom Line
As you can see, court fees are often fixed and rarely come with surprises. On the other hand, lawyer fees can destroy one’s finances.
When hiring a lawyer, make sure you know everything about the type of services they offer and the fees they practice. Moreover, remember that you could always have a cheaper lawyer do the paperwork while a more reputable one handles your case in the court of law.