General Questions to Attorneys
Many of you have certain questions for us lawyers, that are not specific to an area of law, and are rather intended to know how contracts are signed, how we handle your cases and how we work in a general way. In today's blog, we will be answering general questions you have about lawyers.
1. Are attorney consultations free?
The answer to this question can be variable. It depends on the lawyer you are going to consult. Before scheduling a consultation with a firm, you should ask how much the first appointment costs. Many law firms, such as Y. Morejon Attorney, P.A. offer the first consultation free.
2. Are attorney's fees negotiable?
The answer to this question is yes. When you sign a contract with a lawyer, you are signing a contract, and one of the general characteristics of a contract is that the parties can negotiate its clauses. The price of the services of a lawyer is one of the clauses, if not the most important, of the Legal Services Contract, and you could negotiate it.
3. Can attorneys offer payment plans?
As I explained in the previous question, the Legal Services Contract is a contract, and signing it involves negotiations. Many law firms, including Y. Morejon Attorney, P.A. offer payment plans for fees. However, the procedural costs cannot be subject to a payment plan and must be paid at the time your case is presented, either to the court or to the administrative entity.
4. Are consultations with attorneys confidential?
All conversations, inquiries, document exchange, and other interactions with an attorney are confidential.
5. Can a lawyer notarize the document?
Those in charge of notarizing documents are notaries. It is necessary to emphasize, again, that in the United States notaries are not lawyers. It is very important, because in the Roman-French system, notaries are lawyers, and they are considered justices of the peace. For more information about the difference between notaries and lawyers, you can visit our blog https://www.ymorejonattorney.com/en/portal/blog/17
Many lawyers are notaries, and they could notarize your documents, however, it is not recommended that the lawyer who drafts the document is the same one who notarizes it.
6. Can the lawyer represent both parties?
It depends on the process. A lawyer cannot represent both parties in a contentious process where the interests are different, such as a divorce proceeding. However, an attorney may represent both parties in a proceeding if the proceeding is non-adversarial and the interests are the same, such as both spouses in a bankruptcy proceeding.
7. May an attorney appear on your behalf?
Generally, the attorney can appear at hearings on your behalf and represent you. However, there are hearings and trials, in which his presence will be necessary, and the lawyer cannot excuse you from appearing.
8. Can the lawyer sign a settlement agreement?
Before signing any settlement agreement, the lawyer will have to inform you of its clauses, and you will have to agree to it. Lawyers cannot sign documents on your behalf, without your prior authorization.
9. Can the attorney-client's privilege be broken?
Depends on the circumstances. This privilege is for your protection. You can authorize your lawyer to discuss your case with your spouse, or with a family member. However, the attorney himself cannot break this privilege.
10. What lawyer do I need?
Depending on your case, it will be the lawyer you need. Many attorneys and firms practice different areas of law. In Y. Morejon Attorney, P.A. We practice different areas of Law, such as Immigration, Family, Civil, Probate and Bankruptcy.
If you need help with your legal case, Y. Morejon Attorney, P.A. can help you. We offer the first free consultation, where we will evaluate your case and offer you the best legal strategy to follow. Our Firm is proud to offer a personalized service to its clients. In Y. Morejon Attorney, P.A. your problem is our problem.
Any information made available by the lawyer or law firm is for educational purposes only, as well as to give you general information and general understanding of the law, NOT to provide specific advice. This does NOT create a relationship attorney-client between you and Y. Morejon Attorney, P.A. This information should NOT be use as a substitute for competent legal advice from a licensed professional attorney in your state.