If this is your first time meeting with an attorney about your case, you’ll need to go through an initial consultation before the lawyer can accept your case. This first appointment will give you and the attorney the chance to get to know each other, while also giving them the opportunity to review the specifics of your case. This way, they’ll be able to make an informed determination regarding whether you have a strong case and whether they are willing to represent you in settlement negotiations, and if it comes to it, in the courtroom.
For those who are new to the legal realm, a consultation can seem a bit intimidating. However, it doesn’t have to be if you come prepared. Here’s what you need to know.
What the Attorney Expects From You the Client
Going into your first meeting, the lawyer you choose will expect you to be ready to discuss your case in detail right from the start. Before you head into your appointment, take the time to collect your thoughts about your case so that you can explain it as clearly and effectively as possible. It also helps to bring along any documentation you may have. This could include things like police reports, medical records, photos of the scene, witness statements or contact information, and anything else you think might be useful. The more information you can provide your legal team with, the stronger the case they will be able to build on your behalf. And of course, the stronger your case, the greater the likelihood of a resolution in your favor.
What You Can Expect From Your Attorney
No matter which lawyer you choose to represent you, they should always review your case thoroughly before making a decision about taking you on as a client. They should also ask questions throughout the process to gain clarification or further insight into the specifics of your case. You should also expect your attorney to be forthcoming about their experience with similar types of cases, as well as their educational and legal background.
During the consultation, you are interviewing the attorney just as much as they are interviewing you, so don’t be shy about asking questions. You’ll be working closely with this person over the coming months or even years, so you want to ensure you feel comfortable discussing sensitive matters with them.
A Typical Office Consultation Format
An initial consultation with an attorney will generally follow a fairly standard pattern. Your attorney will likely start with a brief introduction before getting to know you a bit better. Once you have established the foundation of your working relationship, you and your lawyer will move on to discussing your case. You’ll most likely have to give a statement describing the events as you remember them. Your attorney can then combine your story with the other evidence you have brought to begin formulating your case.
If they think you have a strong chance of being successful in your lawsuit, they’ll formally accept your case and prepare you to take any necessary next steps to get things moving forward. If not, they’ll advise you that pursuing a lawsuit may not be in your best interests. They may, however, be able to advise you as to a suitable alternative, if one is available to you.
Assuming the attorney does accept your case, they’ll handle the details going forward and ensure you stay on top of any upcoming hearings, mediation sessions, or other court dates. Your attorney will typically handle most of the work for you, but they may need your approval before taking certain actions on your behalf. Be prepared to respond quickly to any requests from your lawyer for more information to help keep your case moving forward.
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