Additional monthly bills can be devastating to an individual or a family. Medical and lawyer bills are usually considerate and can bring people to ruin.
However, there are times and situations that cannot be handled without the help of a professional personal injury lawyer, for example. The only way out is to hire them and pay their bill!
But what if we told you that there are ways through which you can make lawyer bills a bit lighter? Let us take a look at some of the best ways to minimize lawyer fees!
Avoid Email or Call Flooding
Upon hiring a lawyer, you will sign a contract that will state how the lawyer’s fee will be calculated. Most of the time, you will be billed by the lawyer every time you contact them or need their assistance.
As such, it’s essential to avoid flooding them with e-mails and calls all day long. If you have a meeting scheduled with them at the end of the week, make sure to ask them everything you need to know!
Print and Scan Documents on Your Own
Your lawyer will need a considerable number of documents from you or anything/anyone related to your case.
For those documents that you can easily get your hands on, it is recommended to print and/or scan them yourself if possible. Do not simply leave your originals on the lawyer’s desk!
A $5 print session on the corner shop could be equal to tens of dollars if the job is left in the hands of a lawyer.
Avoid Asking Stupid Questions or Venting
Only ask your lawyer to repeat themselves if they speak in legalese of you have not understood the matter. However, keep in mind that a lawyer should simplify things to a point where everyone can understand them!
But the golden rule would be to avoid asking silly questions that waste both their and your time!
At the same time, avoid venting and drama. Your lawyer is not there so that you can complain about your divorce or address injuries to your company or enemy in court.
The less time the lawyer wastes with you, the less they will bill you!
Don’t Consider Changing Lawyers
Lawyers usually come with a fee that you must pay if you decide to change them mid-trial. This means wasted money!
This also means that you must determine whether your hired lawyer is the one fit for you and your legal matters. One meeting is enough to tell if the lawyer has the experience required and fees that you can handle!
The Bottom Line
In short, it all boils down to wasting lawyer time and doing your best to help them with trivial matters.
If possible, you can gather documents, make copies, scan, or file documents. This is of great help to the lawyer as well, as they can focus solely on the legal matter and not on the copy-machine line.
Finally, as mentioned throughout the article – avoid wasting their time!