Your divorce attorney can be a great advocate during this trying time, but only if your relationship is open and honest. If you struggle to communicate with your lawyer, you most likely will not emerge from your divorce with a desired resolution. Not sure how or when to tell your divorce attorney what you need as a client? Give these best practices for attorney-client communication a try:
- Maintain a list of thoughts and questions.
As you navigate the divorce process, you will naturally think of new questions. Your attorney is happy to answer these, but you’ll get the best response if you jot down your thoughts and then mention them at your next one-on-one consultation.
- Be specific.
Vague terms will not give your lawyer an accurate impression of your situation. The more specific you can be about your finances, your childcare setup, and your hopes for the future, the better. If you don’t know how to answer a question from your lawyer in specific terms, ask for further clarification.
- Don’t be bashful.
Your attorney has seen and heard it all. Your situation is no crazier than any other your family lawyer has handled, so speak up.
- Discuss any problems you have with your attorney’s service.
Are you bothered by your attorney’s legal approach or lack of response? Bring it up tactfully. Your family attorney cannot make necessary changes unless he or she is aware that there is a need for change.
- Avoid excessive communication via email or text.
Some things cannot wait until you meet face-to-face, but in most cases, virtual interactions are best avoided. This is especially true of social media — keep sensitive issues off Facebook and Twitter.
- Don’t confuse your attorney with your therapist.
Your attorney can be a source of emotional support, but ultimately, his or her job is to resolve legal issues — not to repair your love life. Invest in a good therapist, and keep legal matters and counseling separate.
- Provide all requested documents.
This seems obvious, but your consultations will not be worth much if you lack the necessary paperwork and documentation. If your attorney asks you to bring something, make every effort to locate it ahead of time.
The team at DiPietro Family Law understands the complexities of attorney-client relationships. The firm’s open and honest communication style is ideal for Maryland clients dealing with complicated family matters.Get in touch today to learn more.