A successful solicitor/client relationship requires cooperation on both sides. There are various things you can do to help your solicitor.
Give full and clear instructions
To represent your interests successfully your solicitor needs information. Being candid about your matter, including its history and what you are trying to achieve, will help your solicitor provide better advice. It is important for us to know all details as soon as possible so we are not surprised; especially if a court case is involved. Facts which may not seem important to you may have significant legal consequences.
It is a solicitor’s duty to maintain the strictest confidentiality about their clients, so you need not feel embarrassed or afraid, or conceal facts.
Be honest and lawful
It is unwise to lie to your solicitor or to expect your solicitor to uphold a mistruth. Solicitors have a duty not to mislead. For instance, if you supply false information in an affidavit or false evidence during a case and you do not allow your solicitor to correct the misinformation; your solicitor must withdraw from your case. So you could end up without proper representation and have the expense of finding a new solicitor.
If you are involved in a criminal law matter, an admission of guilt will restrict how your solicitor can present your case to the Court.
Before you speak with or visit us here at PTW, it is a good idea to write down a summary of your matter, including questions and the contact details of all persons involved. You will also need to collate any documents and show us. If you are not sure what is relevant, it is best to take along all documents pertaining to your matter and let us assist in deciding what is important. Being prepared will save us time and help to reduce your costs.
So that we can serve you efficiently, follow our instructions as quickly as possible. For instance your solicitor here at PTW Law may request more information or documentation. Use or ask for a checklist of what you need to provide and when.
The law is complex with lots of unfamiliar words and processes. If you are confused or have any questions, ask us for an explanation as soon as possible. This will minimise the likelihood of misunderstandings further down the track. Don’t sign any document until you fully understand what it is about. Get us here at PTW Law to address any concerns you have.
Keep in contact
Legal issues can take a long time to resolve. Your solicitor should keep you up to date with the progress of your matter. Agree on how frequently you will be informed and by what method, such as telephone or email.
Also inform us immediately if the circumstances of your matter or personal circumstances change. Even slight changes may mean that we will have to take a different approach.
Trust your solicitor
To practice law in New South Wales solicitors must have successfully completed a law degree and a practical legal training course. Once they are practicing solicitors, the Law Society helps to ensure their skills and knowledge are up to date by imposing mandatory continuing legal education requirements.
Carefully consider what your solicitor advises you to do. Their advice is based on years of experience and training. Sometimes the best course of action may not be what you want to hear, but we here at PTW, as your advocates, are obliged to have your best legal interests at heart.
We here at PTW Law look forward to serving you better. Established for over 60 years in the South Sydney/Eastern Suburbs areas, we pride ourselves on excellent knowledge, strategic advice and personal care and attention.