No one feels entirely comfortable, when discussing money-matters. Lawyers are no different. Still, a client should not hesitate to negotiate the level set for a given fee or cost.
A prospective client should use the consultation period as a time for getting detailed information on the consulted lawyer’s fee structure.
If some information remains unclear, ask clients should ask questions. Learn about any adjustments that might be made, as a case proceeds. For instance, a higher fee when the client files a lawsuit; a higher one, still, if the case proceeds to the trail stage.
Would the client be expected to cover certain upfront costs? How realistic are the charges for such costs?
Clients should keep in mind the attorney’s desire to get paid for the time spent on a given case.
An injury lawyer in Kitchener might hesitate to pay an expert, if it looks like the chances for winning the client’s case are slim. Alternatively, the attorney’s arguments might seem to favor the defendant, if the client’s case has appeared weak. A good lawyer needs to be honest, regarding his or her opinion of a client’s case. Smart clients use a period of negotiations, regarding fees, as a way to judge an attorney’s ability to work with someone that has come to rely on the lawyer’s skills and knowledge.
How the government might control lawyers’ fees
No government would come out and say that it has chosen to cap the amount of money that lawyers can earn. Still, some provincial governments do put a cap on the amount of money that can be awarded to a plaintiff that is suing for pain and suffering. Attorneys object to such caps, because they force those with disabling conditions to accept an inadequate compensation package.
Caps do help to illustrate the way that, in a courtroom setting, the lawyer’s fee depends on the size of the client’s award. That award should become larger, if the plaintiff’s attorney has done a good job of advocating for his or her client.
Smart clients, keep in mind the dependence of a fair fee on a lawyer’s readiness to advocate for a client. That can help them to better understand and accept the lawyer’s point of view. Experienced attorneys realize that both they and their clients suffer, if an insufficient amount of effort has been put into any given case. Clients do not feel comfortable with a lawyer that wants them to do all the work, to make as many complaints as possible about a given injury.
Good lawyers look beyond the pain. What appears to be in store for a client with a lengthy medical history? That question should get addressed and, if possible, answered.