Paralegal communication: Artfully interacting with an attorney

Posted on 05-12-2015 by
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Communication is always key to any good relationship, especially those that effect legal matters. Paralegals having good communication with attorneys is always a step in right directions. But how does one maintain good communication? According to NC Lawyers Weekly, here are some things to consider in order to keep good communication:

1.  How the attorney prefers to field questions

Your attorney may prefer to meet with you first thing in the morning to address any questions you have about cases, tasks for the day, deadlines, etc. Your attorney might rather field questions throughout the day as they arise, or perhaps they just prefer to take all questions at the end of the day. The best way to determine their preference regarding questions is simply to ask them and then act accordingly.

2. What expectations & assumptions you have of your attorney, & those that your attorney may have of you

Try your best not to make assumptions and try and anticipate what assumptions your attorney may make regarding you, your prior experience, your level of performance, your understanding of the attorney’s expectations regarding the task at hand, and/or your knowledge of firm practices or legal proceedings. If you feel you need clarification, never hesitate to ask the attorney. It will eliminate an assumptions and cut down on any potential frustration.  

 

3. Mutual respect between the parties

Many times respect is seen two ways; some people seem to take the “innocent until proven guilty” approach and others require you to earn their respect. Gage where you stand on this scale. If you feel like your attorney does not respects you, your personality, your work product, or your methods of communication, try setting up a meeting with them and discuss any concerns you have.

 

4. Personalities of both parties

The personalities of two people can also play a large role in communication. If you are quiet and shy and your attorney is the exact opposite, this can significantly affect your communication. This may make communication difficult, but it is still possible, it just requires both parties to be sensitive to, and respect, the other party’s personality. This means being sensitive and respectful to the other’s default methods of communication.

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