It has always been the practice that a lawyer has his or her own unique way of doing things. However, it doesn't go to show that law offices run in a more or less similar fashion. Most law offices share a surprising number of similar characteristics. These similarities could be in terms of how they do business. Or it could just be in how they run an office, which, despite its legal relation, is just like any typical after all.
For a consumer or a potential client seeking legal advice from a law office, understanding some of these common practices could help you get more effective legal representation.
The first thing you need to know about a law office is, as what was mentioned earlier, that it is just like any typical office. It ranges in size. A law office may be a sole practitioner where there is only one legal counsel offering his or her services for potential clients. A law office may also be a partnership, comprised of anywhere between two to three lawyers sharing the same office and the brunt of the work. Still, a law office may be a firm with literally hundreds or even thousands of lawyers at its beck and call. While all of them charge for their time in one form or another, there are some practical distinctions to keep in mind that can roughly be broken down by the following categories:
After passing the bar exam, a lawyer only has to rent an office space and hanging up a sign on the door indicating that he is offering legal services to start his or her own practice. Law offices by sole practitioners start in typically the same way. Thus, it is therefore not surprising that sole practices are the biggest single category of practicing lawyers.
Law offices by sole practitioners can offer you excellent lawyers. And often, it may be a good idea to retain their services if it makes sense, given the nature of your legal problem. Some of the potential benefits you can get from a law office ran by a sole practitioner include the following:
A more direct one on one working relationship with your lawyer
Since the law office is only comprised of one lawyer and perhaps a clerk or two, you are entitled to pay lower fees and costs.
If your case is small, a sole practitioner's law office is the best choice since big firms do not consider these as cost effective.
Because you will only be dealing with one person, the working relationship between lawyer and client is more informal.
Conflicts are easier to handle since the law office handles few clients so fewer chances of any conflicts arising from the problem of one client that clashes with that of another client.
A law office ran by a partnership can be a formal one or informal. By formal, it means that the lawyers working in the same law office share the workload and share in the benefits reaped by one lawyer who won a case. An informal partnership is one where the lawyers are usually related simply because of the fact that they share the same office space and share in its rent. However, when it comes to benefits, to each his own.