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Why Co-Counsel With A Trial Lawyer?

Posted by Kaitlin Nares | Mar 31, 2023 | 0 Comments

Co-counseling with a trial lawyer can provide several benefits in a legal case, including:

  1. Sharing of expertise: Co-counseling allows you to work with a trial lawyer who has specific knowledge and experience in a particular area of law or type of case. This collaboration can help you better understand the legal issues involved and provide you with a broader range of legal strategies to consider.

  2. Increased resources: Collaborating with a trial lawyer can also give you access to additional resources, including staff, research materials, and technology. This can help you better prepare for trial, conduct more thorough investigations, and present a more compelling case.

  3. Improved advocacy: Working with a trial lawyer can help you develop your advocacy skills and become a more effective advocate for your client. By observing the trial lawyer's approach and techniques, you can learn new strategies for presenting evidence, questioning witnesses, and making persuasive arguments.

  4. Reduced workload: Co-counseling can also help you manage your workload more effectively, especially in complex cases or cases with tight deadlines. By dividing tasks and responsibilities, you can ensure that each lawyer can focus on their strengths and contribute their expertise to the case.

Overall, co-counseling with a trial lawyer can be a valuable tool for achieving the best possible outcome for your client and improving your own legal skills and knowledge.

In Colorado, lawyers can co-counsel on a case as long as they comply with the following rules:

  1. Ethical obligations: Both lawyers must comply with the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct, including those related to conflicts of interest, confidentiality, and communication with clients.

  2. Written agreement: The lawyers must enter into a written agreement that outlines the terms of their co-counseling relationship, including the scope of their respective responsibilities, fee arrangements, and the division of work.

  3. Notice to the client: The lawyers must inform the client of the co-counseling relationship and obtain the client's consent in writing. The client must be informed of the terms of the agreement, including any changes that may occur during the representation.

  4. Competence: Both lawyers must have the necessary skills, knowledge, and experience to handle the case competently. If one lawyer lacks the required expertise, they must inform the client and take steps to acquire the necessary knowledge or seek assistance from other lawyers.

  5. Joint responsibility: Both lawyers are jointly responsible for the representation and must communicate with each other regularly to ensure that the client's interests are protected. They must also inform the client of significant developments in the case and make joint decisions regarding the representation.

  6. Fees: The lawyers must agree on the allocation of fees, and the total fee charged to the client must be reasonable. The lawyers must also inform the client of the fee arrangements and obtain the client's consent in writing.

Overall, the rules for lawyers to co-counsel in Colorado are designed to protect the interests of the client and ensure that both lawyers work together effectively to achieve the best possible outcome for the client.

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Kaitlin Nares

Kaitlin Nares is a partner and founder of Hagen Nares PLLC. Kaitlin is known for her compassion, professionalism, and clear communication. Kaitlin co-founded Hagen Nares PLLC as the culmination of her passion for the law and her desire to help families that have been severely injured at no fault ...

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