When to Ask for a Lawyer – Are you a law student, or do you just like asking question? If you’re a lawyer, the answer is probably both. Asking questions and learning from your experiences can be a rewarding process, but they can also be scary because there are so many unknowns. What if you don’t ask the right questions, or what if the answers aren’t clear enough? Are there any risks to taking on this new phase of your career? Law school can be a bit intimidating for first-time students. There are so many requirements, culture shock factors, and distractions — it can be difficult to know where to begin. However, when you take on this new career path, it’s important not to skimp on quality time with your attorney. You wouldn’t go to a cooking class without reading up on how it works and asking for help if you had any doubts about what kind of experience would best suit your needs and tastes. That’s why it’s important to ask for help when you need it. Check out these common scenarios that could indicate that you’re overreacting or misunderstanding something:
You’re confused about the scope of a case
If you’re confused about the scope of a case or you’re unsure how to word your questions so that the attorney can understand them, it could be a sign that you need to talk to a lawyer. It’s better to be safe than sorry, as you may end up in a lot of trouble if you’re not careful. When you’re working with a lawyer, it’s important to know the boundaries of the case you’re working on. Where is the line between your obligation to your client, and the attorney’s? What’s acceptable, and what isn’t? You can find out by talking to your attorney about the case. Ideally, you’d get a written estimate as to how much time is required to complete the case, but in a pinch, you can always wait and see if you get more information as the case progresses.
You disagree with your lawyer’s point of view
This one’s huge. If you think the decision your lawyer made was wrong, or if you have any concerns about the legal outcome of a proposed action, it’s important to first talk to your attorney about what your thinking were. If you’re having trouble understanding why your lawyer made a certain decision, or if you’d like some additional information, you can usually ask for it. Confronting your barrister or law enforcement agent with questions about the law can be a scary experience. You don’t want to startle them, and you don’t want to come across as difficult or argumentative, but instead, use your best manners and ask them the questions you need answered.
You feel like you’re being taken advantage of
If you feel like you’re being taken advantage of, it’s likely that there is a problem with how you’re handling yourself in the room with your lawyer. It’s okay to be nervous in a meeting with a lawyer, but it’s important not to be short-tempered or argumentative. Also, take care not to say anything that could be interpreted as a complaint. You don’t need to explain why certain things are expensive, for example, but simply say you want to know about the price range and that’s enough.
Your lawyer is inexperienced or out of his/her depth
If you think your lawyer is experiencing technical or communication difficulties, or if you have a feeling that he/she is “not there yet,” it could be a good sign to ask for help. If you’re feeling stuck, or if you’re struggling to understand a certain issue, it’s better to reach out and ask for some guidance than to keep trying to figure it out on your own. Your lawyer is there to help you, no matter how experienced they are. It’s better to ask for help when you need it, and to save your feelings, you might feel like you need to be more patient with your attorney. What you don’t want to do is to “nag” your lawyer, or to be short-tempered with him/her.
You feel like you’re being denied your rights
Sometimes, you’ll deal with clients who are not very bright, have limited skills, or perhaps have a lot on their plates already. In these cases, you may feel a little overwhelmed or even afraid when you have a meeting with a lawyer. If you have a feeling that you’re not handling a certain situation correctly, or that you’re not being completely candid with your attorney, it’s okay to tell your lawyer about whatever is on your mind. It’s not the right thing to do to keep your mouth shut and take everything “dimly” on trust. On the contrary, it can give your attorney reason to question your character, or your commitment to the case.
The assignment is impossible to understand or follow
In law school, you’re taught to follow the case law rules and statutes, not just the case law examples. It is important to remember that in real-world situations, the different case law decisions may not always align with one another. For example, a case law example may state that you can’t break a window to get your Uber ride, but in reality, you may want to hit the nearest window to get the attention of a driver. It’s important to remember that in real-world situations, the case law decisions may not always align with one another.
A subjective question or issue arose in the case
Sometimes, you’ll work on cases that are very specific to a person or a company. In these instances, you may not know whether you exactly understand the legal issues at hand. In these cases, it’s best to ask your attorney for help. The reason is simple: you don’t know until you try. The more information you have, the better able you’ll be to make a sound decision.
When you’re new to the law school admissions process, you’re going to have many questions about what to expect next. However, it’s important to remember that every experience, no matter how brief, is important. Every time you sit down with a lawyer, you’re learning something new. Whether it’s the rules of engagement for your law school’s student government, what kind of case you can expect to work on, or the most important lesson of all — don’t be afraid to ask!