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- Drafting or completing legal documents that affect the legal rights of their client
- Negotiating legal rights or responsibilities on behalf of a party
- Representing parties in court or another governing body
- Filling out specific legal forms on behalf of their client
How does independent legal advice protect me?
To have capacity means that you are sound of mind and can sign a binding contract. Your lawyer can verify this.
When is independent legal advice required?
When is independent legal advice recommended?
1. One or both parties are less knowledgeable about the legal process
2. One party has more bargaining power
3. In criminal matters
Who can give independent legal advice?
Can public notaries provide ILA?
How are attorney fees charged?
- Hourly fees: The lawyer charges a certain amount for each hour of work.
- Flat fees: The lawyer charges a set amount for their services, regardless of how long it takes to complete their client’s matter.
How do I choose a lawyer?
- Do people think highly of them, and do your trusted friends and colleagues recommend them? You can also check client reviews and state bar associations to learn what others have said about your attorney.
- Do they have experience? Look for a lawyer who has handled cases similar to yours. Many lawyers offer free consultations to help you decide whether they are a fit. You can check their law firm’s website for more information.
- Are they available to take your case? Find a lawyer who can give your case their full attention. If they have a legal team, find out who will work on your case.
- Where is your lawyer located? You should try to choose a lawyer who practices in your state or is licensed to practice law in your area, as laws can vary between states.
- Do you get along with your lawyer? It’s crucial to have mutual respect and trust in your lawyer-client relationship and to feel at ease working together.
How do I know if my lawyer is ethical?
- Competent representation promises that lawyers will be thorough, prepared, and have the necessary skills to provide clients with legal aid.
- Scope of representation means lawyers must follow their client’s wishes but can never assist in fraudulent or illegal behavior. Representation does not mean the lawyer supports their client’s actions or beliefs. Lawyers can limit the scope of their assistance to their clients with their client’s permission.
- Diligence specifies that lawyers act promptly while representing their clients.
- Communication assures clients that lawyers will explain legal terms, keep them informed about important decisions, discuss any limits on their actions, and promptly answer their questions.
- Lawyers will not charge or collect unreasonable fees. Instead, lawyers will base them on labor, time limitations, and if the cost is fixed or subject to change.
- Confidentiality of information prohibits lawyers from revealing client information unless the client allows it or they have to do so to prevent harm and address conflicts.