You meet with a prospective client and explain that you’ll need a initial retainer fee to get started. The prospective client doesn’t pay the fee and you’re pretty sure this will be a pattern, so you decide not to take on this person as a client. Now you’ll need to inform him or her in writing.
Early and well-thought-out organization of a case is key to getting the best result for your client, whether through summary judgment, settlement, or trial. Not sure how to set up an organizing framework or want to find a better method than your current one? Check out this example and see if it will work for you.
Plaintiff’s counsel always needs to consider whether the cost of litigation to the client is likely to outweigh the gain. Defense counsel needs to do a similar analysis: Consider whether the pros of taking a defendant’s case are outweighed by the cons.
A new study by the ABA Law Practice Division’s Social Media, Legal Blogs, and Websites Committee looked at the intake process at law firms around the country. Quite an eye opener! Learning from what they found—or rather, what they didn’t find—can give you a leg up on turning potential clients into actual clients.
When a prospective client brings you a case, they’ll want to know immediately what you think. It’s rarely possible or wise to give a firm, unqualified opinion as to the likelihood of success, or even to recommend a particular course of action at the first meeting. But you can and should outline possible results, risks, costs, timing, and alternatives.
A prospective client is coming to you for an initial interview. Your mission is to get some basic information, so that you can figure out what legal issues are involved. Do you know what to ask and the best way to do it?