The Importance of Open Communication

Nearly everyone is familiar with the legal concept of attorney-client privilege. It protects certain communications between a client and his or her attorney and prevents the attorney from being compelled to testify to those communications in court.

That open communication is critical to the success of any case. But when selecting an attorney to represent you, it’s important to realize communication should go both ways. Keeping our clients informed each step of the way, and educating them about the legal process, is among our highest priorities at Cook, Barkett, Ponder & Wolz.

When selecting an attorney, ask how often and in what ways he or she typically communicates with clients. Note whether the attorney seems open to answering your questions, and how well he or she explains what you should expect throughout the process.

A few other tips to help you choose the right attorney for your case:

– Ask if the attorney provides a free consultation. If there is a charge for an initial interview, how much does it cost? How long is the initial interview or consultation?

– Has the attorney handled similar cases? What percentage of his or her cases are similar to yours? When was the last time he/she handled a similar case?

– How long has the attorney been in practice? Where is the attorney licensed to practice?

– What type of information should you bring to a meeting with the attorney?

– What type of caseload does the attorney currently have?

To learn more about working with our team at Cook, Barkett, Ponder & Wolz, contact us today.