When handling important company issues, working with a trusted solicitor can make the process a lot easier than when you’re doing it alone. The extra pair of eyes and hands, as well as the assumption that they do everything with your best interest in mind, can make you feel at ease. But, when working with a solicitor, you have to remember that it’s a collaborative effort; they need your instructions. How and when should you instruct them?
Instruct Them from the Offset
Finding the right solicitor took a lot of time and effort, and you shouldn’t waste it. Set the terms right from the start, so you both know what you’re working towards.
Your solicitors need full details: personal information, company background, and etc. Before you even meet them, get this information straight. Then, indicate your financial details and a summary of your company’s problem. Make this short but clear, so they can get an accurate picture.
Keep a Transparency Clause
It’s part of their duties and responsibilities: they can’t make any decision without your instructions. And, you may have heard how a solicitor is only as good as your directives. As such, it’s crucial for you to agree on a transparency clause. They always need to tell you about what’s happening in the company, and while you can certainly take their advice regarding your course of action, you have to make sure that it’s for your best interest. Don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions; you hired them, after all.
Answer Their Calls
A solicitor who calls and isn’t afraid to speak to you can be relied on to keep your processes running, without going behind your back. Be sure to answer their calls, because more often than not, these are the times when they need your instructions the most. Take the opportunity to tell and remind them about what needs to be done.
Let Them Write
Because you’re dealing with legal issues, you can expect to read a lot of documents and even have a hand at writing them. A solicitor does a huge part of this, so let them do their work, but remember to go over them. Badly-written documents with extremely long sentences may indicate that they don’t know the problem well. Bring this up and explain your situation again if you need to.
Working effectively with a solicitor requires open and honest communications. Talk to them on a regular basis. That’s how you know when and how to instruct them.