How-to overcome the apprehension of hiring a lawyer


Hiring a lawyer can be intimidating. If I wasn’t a lawyer, I’d be apprehensive. Our work involves a lot of complex jargon and from an outsider’s perspective it can be difficult to decipher whether your lawyer is doing a good job, or even acting in your best interest. 

To make this process less intimidating, we strive to build strong relationships with our clients. At Cohen Buchan Edwards, clients trust us because we make sure they’re comfortable throughout the legal process. When you approach our team for legal assistance, we’ll tell you from the beginning that we won’t do anything that you’re not comfortable with; our role is to provide sound legal advice so that you can make informed decisions every step of the way. You’re the one in control, informing us what steps you’re comfortable taking and how you want to move forward. We follow those instructions.

In the early stages of seeking legal help, I recommend that you make sure the lawyer has experience in the correct area of law and that they’re honest with you. For you to make an informed decision, you have to understand both the potential benefits and risks involved. 

So if you’re feeling apprehensive about hiring a lawyer, here’s a simple way to evaluate whether they’re a good fit for you. Look for whether they’re willing to let you be in charge. After meeting with them, if you get the sense that they will provide honest and detailed guidance and make decisions based on what you want to do, you should feel comfortable moving forward with them.