Posted on: 19 August 2016
Of all the professionals you would want to hire in this world, you would expect your lawyer to be the most organized and the most on top of things. When a lawyer is disorganized, or the office is chaotic, that does not bode well for clients who may be facing some serious charges or personal issues. Here are some signs of a well-organized law firm and what it means for you and your case.
All Files Are Digitized or Stored out of Sight
The ideal lawyer and law firm has all of its files digitized and stored on their computers. If your lawyer has not done this, he or she should at least have all files tucked neatly into filing cabinets. There should not be anything on the receptionist's desk either, unless it pertains to your case and your meeting with your lawyer. This protects every client that comes into the office and prevents the loss and/or theft of personal documents that can sway the outcome of your case, one way or another.
Your Lawyer's Personal Office Space Is Tidy
Your lawyer's personal office space should be neat and tidy too—not just the reception area. A lawyer who keeps a tidy desk knows exactly where the pens for signing documents are, where his/her paper clips are, and where your client file is. He or she never has to hunt for anything or waste time looking for things that should be right in front of him/her. This saves you precious dollars because lawyers usually charge by the minute or quarter-hour, and hunting for needed supplies and documents is inexcusable and unprofessional. It also foreshadows his or her ability to organize evidence to present to the judge at your hearing, which can have negative consequences in the outcome of your hearing.
Your Lawyer Consistently Confirms Reception of All Digital Documents and Emails
In a digital world, it is often faster and more efficient to send a document via email. However, you also want to be sure that your documents and emails reached your lawyer. It is inefficient and sloppy to have to make repeated contact with your lawyer to verify that he or she received what you sent. Unless he or she is in court, your lawyer should respond to your email and stamp it as received as soon as possible. (If you send something, wait a couple hours to hear from your lawyer before attempting to make contact again. Otherwise your lawyer may charge you twice to read both emails when just the one should have been sufficient.) That way, you know nothing important is lost in e-transit.
For more information, contact local professionals like AMS Law Group.Share