#1 – Offer Assistance:  There are tasks you can do to save attorney and paralegal time.  For example, in a divorce proceeding, you can do some of the legwork to obtain certain real estate documents from the Recorder of Deeds.  Check with your attorney to see how you can help in your case.  Most attorneys welcome involvement from their clients.

#2 – Be Organized & Responsive:  Keep excellent financial records and provide requested documents to your attorney in an organized and timely manner.  By doing so, your attorney will be able to more efficiently draft legal documents and schedule necessary court dates.

#3 – Streamline Your Communications:  When you ask a question, a good lawyer will provide a thorough and prompt response.  Remember that lawyers charge for their time (including time answering questions via phone and email).  Consider these alternatives:  Option #1:  Write down minor questions and then set a phone meeting to discuss them at one time; or Option #2:  Condense your questions into one email.  These options may cut down on a costly back-and-forth.  Of course, if your question is time-sensitive or involves a matter of great importance, be sure to contact your attorney right away.

In addition to reducing the cost of your case, these tips may help you more quickly reach a reasonable resolution.

Be aware every situation is unique.  If you have questions about your individual situation, please contact an attorney.  This post should not be considered legal advice.