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Start-up Lawyers: What are the best ways to deal with attorneys who do not use clear language that non-legal people are accustomed to?

The answer depends on the context of your question. From the way it sounds, it seems like you are struggling communicating with your own attorney. If this is the case, you should always feel comfortable asking for clarification or an explanation any time you feel out of the loop. Any good attorney will be completely understanding and want to make sure their client is fully aware of their legal representation.

However, if you are dealing with a contract or some sort of other legal instrument drafted by another lawyer that you cannot understand, your best bet is to hire your own attorney. When you are faced with this type of situation, there is only so much you can do on your own as a non-lawyer. Doing basic research on your own initiative can be helpful and informative, but can still leave you in the dark about other legal aspects that did not show up during your search.

From the sounds of it, it appears that you probably need a lawyer to do a basic review/analysis of a legal document. This type of service should not involve a great deal of legal work at the onset, so it should not be overly expensive. You should take a look at our site LawTrades. We have a huge list of highly qualified attorneys in varying areas. Also, you can connect with our lawyers 24/7 directly through the site, eliminating the need to schedule a formal appointment and physically meet with a lawyer. So for legal needs like your own, you can streamline the process in a quick and efficient way.

Other than that, dealing with any attorney should not be painful for a client. If your lawyer is not being clear with you, or is drafting documents on your behalf that you don’t understand, you MUST speak up immediately. Many times lawyers will not even realize how cryptic their language can be to a non-lawyer. So as a client, you need to hire a lawyer you feel comfortable with and close enough to ask these types of questions.

Ambiguity in the legal field is like a disease. Clients are either in the dark about prices/services when hiring a lawyer or they have a limited idea of what their attorney is actually doing for them. This creates a hectic environment that only ends up hurting clients. It is your responsibility to make sure that this does not happen to you when your attorney is unaware. Otherwise, your legal representation will be hindered significantly.

I hope this answer is helpful. I apologize for not being a little more specific. If you could give me some more details, I can possibly provide better advice. Either way, my best advice is to find a lawyer who will be open and honest with you, and that you are comfortable with asking simple explanatory questions. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything else I can help you with. My goal to is make the legal field as transparent as possible for clients, so I more than willing to give assistance. Good Luck!