Written by Personal Injuries expert Mitchell Clark

Worried about having to see a lawyer?

Are you concerned about how much it will cost?

These questions are very natural and are reasons for people often avoiding the engagement of a lawyer, even in situation where such engagement would be of high practical value.

I can say that most lawyers are actually nice people, yet recognising that sometimes the legal industry does not do itself any favours by appearing to be removed from the general public.

One of the ways in which there can appear to be a barrier is the uncertainty about the lawyer fees.

This shouldn’t be a mystery because a decent lawyer will take the trouble to fully explain the Terms of Engagement and including the finer details of the anticipated fees.

Here are 4 key points on approaching the contact with a lawyer and saving money:

  1. Ask the lawyer how much it will cost for initial meeting or preliminary review

In some situations (such as in compensation claims from motor vehicle or other types of accidents) the lawyer will accept an initial meeting without charge or at least will accept to defer payment of the legal expenses until the successful conclusion of the insurance claim.

2. In Personal injury claims, MBA Lawyers provide a free assessment so even if that preliminary review takes two hours, that will be provided free of charge

Key point: by meeting with myself you get to receive his guidance without commitment because he feels strongly that you should have an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of any case before making decision to proceed with the legal claim.

3. Check the terms of the lawyer’s Contract

Ensure that the fine print matches with the description given to you verbally by the lawyer. Often you can tell the character of the lawyer by their style, meaning that a lawyer who is not frank and open about the charges should not be engaged. It is the lawyer’s duty to explain the potential legal case with you and that has the very important aspect of the lawyer’s charges.

4. Ask about other expenses

Depending on the case, there are likely to be expenses for other organisations or people connected to the running of the case, in addition to the lawyer’s own charges. You need to check carefully about the topic. And often a lawyer’s Contract will include reference to external consultants, so you need to be given a clear explanation of the reason for such engagement (what’s their purpose for the conduct of the case?) and a clear indication of the anticipated additional expense. If the lawyer is unable to give you that advice clearly then there is something wrong.

If you would like any more information about this topic or for general enquiries about compensation for injury please contact: mitchell.clark@mba-lawyers.com.au.