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5 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Civil Litigation Lawyer

5 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Civil Litigation Lawyer

Need a Civil Litigation lawyer, but don’t know what to look for? Read this article for tips on how to find the right one.

17th July 2018
Reading Time: 3 minutes

Are you in some sticky business and can’t get yourself out? A civil litigation lawyer can help you back on your feet. The amount of work required to file a lawsuit is incredibly tedious and complicated, which is why having a attorney by your side is beneficial. With these five questions and the LawPath Lawyer’s Directory, we can help you find your perfect lawyer.

1. Who will be handling the case?

Inquire about who has access to your personal information and who would be dealing with it. Sometimes the work is not handled solely by the lawyer but with their team. If so, clarify that all case decisions are to be decided unanimously in your lawyer’s legal team. Afterall, you should be placing your trust and faith in your civil litigation lawyer and their team’s competence to help you.

2. Have you handled cases like mine?

Attorneys often perform better when working with cases that they are familiar with. Their experiences can not only bring them a stronger understanding of your case but clarify and synthesise the arguments. So, not only would your success rate increase, but your lawyer can dig deeper and find stronger reasonings unique to your case.
Thus, lawyers who specialise would be more plausible as your pick rather than lawyers with years of collective experience.

3. Can you win my case if on the opposition?

Having a civil litigation lawyer who can see and understand the case from both sides of the equation can reflect careful and succinct reasoning. Even if the odds are against their favour when representing the opposition, their ability to be strong in oral and written representations is highly commendable. This is a clear indication that your lawyer can cleverly process legal materials and factual information to facilitate your side of the case.

4. What are the potential outcomes of my case?

Many cases do not require court to be settled and your lawyer should lay out the options before proceeding with anything. If your case has a high failure rate, your lawyer should recommend another approach you could take. The two approaches are either through court or private and your lawyer should be guiding you through either process to the finish line.

5. What are your costs?

Paying lawyers can make a huge dent in your wallet, yet you want the best price for the right service. Lawyers are usually paid through the two options below:

Billable hours

Billable hours are when the lawyer charges for every hour spent on your issue. You should try and get an idea of how many hours the lawyers expect to take. Keep in mind that even a short five-minute conversation can add much to your final bill.

Flat Fee

A flat fee can provide a better idea of what you’re paying. The flat fee however, may not cover all legal costs such as applying for a hearing with the fair work commission.

However, you can try connecting with a civil litigation lawyer using LawPath’s lawyer’s directory. We provide fixed-price quotes from our vast lawyer network to make your comparison shopping easy. Learn about how lawyers charge clients by reading our legal guide on how much you should pay a lawyer here.


Lawsuits are expensive. However if it is what needs to be done, hiring a civil litigation lawyer would be financially be beneficial in the long run. You will be receiving legal advice and guidance along your entire case journey without fail. Also, if you’re not one familiar with the law, do not risk dealing with a lawsuit alone. As a team, you and your lawyer will determine the best route for your best interests. Perhaps not court, but a private settlement.
Choose your teammate wisely.

Have more questions? Contact a LawPath consultant on 1800 529 728 to learn more about customising legal documents and obtaining a fixed-fee quote from Australia’s largest legal marketplace.

Ivy Shi

Ivy is a keen catalyst of technological advancement in legal processes for businesses and society. She currently works with the content team at Lawpath as a Legal Intern and is undertaking a double degree in Commerce and Law at Macquarie University.