The more information, the more facts, the more documents you can gather and present to your lawyer, so your lawyer doesn’t have to do all of that leg work and all of that detective work, the less time the lawyer is going to have to spend on the case. And the lower your attorney’s fees are going to be.
So, look at your relationship with your lawyer as a partnership. I refer to my clients as my junior paralegals. And I put them to a lot of work because it is usually cheaper for the client to do that work than it is for me to do it at my hourly rate.
John Harding is the principal of the law firm of Harding & Associates in Northern California. He practices family law litigation and divorce mediation exclusively.