Full Representation - Private Lawyer
I want to hire a lawyer to handle the case for me.
General Information about full representation from a private lawyer
What is Full Representation?
Full representation is a way for a person to hire a lawyer to take the case and handle all issues related to the case for them. The lawyer is responsible for all deadlines, court filings, and hearings. That being said, you will still need to be involved in the case even if you hire a lawyer to handle your case.
What should I be aware of when looking for full representation from a private lawyer?
Your agreement should be in writing and clearly state the extent and nature of the representation the lawyer will provide.
Make sure that the lawyer's fee is stated in the written agreement and that both the lawyer and the you (the client) sign the agreement.
For more general tips on how to select a lawyer, click here for information on how to select a lawyer.
If you are considering hiring a family law lawyer, click here for specific tips on hiring a family law lawyer from Texas Access.
How much does it cost to hire a lawyer?
- The cost to hire a lawyer is different from case to case and lawyer to lawyer.
- Some lawyers charge more than others. The cost a lawyer sets for her or his services is a reflection of the market for lawyers, the lawyer's level of experience, and/or skill and several other factors.
- Some lawyers may be willing to work on a silding-scale or reduced fee basis. You should ask to see if that is possible with the lawyers you contact.
- Lastly, depending on your case there may be different types of fee agreements that can be agreed to. Click here for information on different types of fee agreements.
Working with a Lawyer
To work well with a lawyer, you should:
- Follow the instructions the lawyer gives you.
- Reply promptly to any requests for information from the lawyer.
- Tell the lawyer the complete truth. Remember, a lawyer is only able to help if they know all the facts. This is especially true for those facts that might hurt your case.
- Set a time each week to get a quick (5 minute) case update with the lawyer. Many lawyers have large case loads, so it might take them a while to get back to you, while they handle your case. Setting a time each week to quickly discuss your case will keep you up-to-date and the lawyer on track.