Hiring the wrong attorney can make or break a case. Likewise, it is important for attorneys to be selective about the cases they take and the clients they work with.
Keep these three aspects in mind to build a solid attorney-client relationship:
Practice Effective Communication
One of the most critical aspects of an attorney-client relationship is communication. Both attorney and client must clarify their expectations throughout the legal process, feel comfortable asking questions, and learn each other’s expectations. Open communication can help to prevent confusion and avoidable mistakes. In addition, effective communication allows a client and their attorney to work as a team through legal processes.
Work as a Team
Both parties can work as a team by practicing excellent communication skills. For example, if the client does not state what they expect, the attorney will not know, and they will not be working as a team as their case progresses.
Trust is another crucial factor in a healthy attorney-client relationship. Often, clients must tell the attorney things they have never told anyone before. This level of openness requires an abundance of trust in the relationship. Clients must also trust and feel confident that their attorney will perform their best work with the case. Attorneys must trust their clients to respect their work and accept that sometimes what they desire is not attainable.