Sometimes, when a person is considering a lawsuit against another person, he or she knows that a lawyer is necessary, but is unsure how to actually find one. And, even if you find one, sometimes people are still unsure how to talk to one about your specific case and judge whether or not a given attorney is a good fit for them. One mistake people frequently make is to not prepare for a legal consultation with a potential attorney at all, and they end up overwhelmed during their first meeting. The result of this might be that a person leaves without an attorney, or that he or she hires the wrong person.
However, by preparing adequately for an initial legal consultation, you can guard against making this common mistake, and you can better your chances of hiring a person who is actually right for your legal and financial needs.
Questions You Should Ask
Every consultation is different for each individual, so your initial consultation with an attorney will be different from someone else’s. Many people do not know where to start when they are getting ready to talk with an attorney, and end up just hiring the first person they talk to. But with the right preparation, and with the right questions in hand, you can better ensure that your consultation will actually be fruitful for you. Consider asking the following questions early in the consultation:
- Have you won cases similar to mine in the past? How many?
- What kind of legal service fees / charges are applied to my case? Are they the same if we do not win the case?
- What will you need me to do during the lawsuit? What will be my role?
- Can I reach you easily throughout the case if I have questions or concerns? What’s the best way to reach you?
- Will you personally be handling my case, or will it be given to someone else at the firm?
These questions are just to get you started, and you can prepare for a legal consultation in other important ways. For instance, you will want to be sure to begin collecting any information that you think could be relevant for your case, including pictures of your accident or injury, receipts from medical bills or hospital stays, or other physical evidence that documents your accident, injury, or expenses.
All of these steps could make an initial legal consultation easier for you, and result in a more fruitful meeting. If you are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit, a consultation with an experienced injury lawyer is the first step to take. Knowing how to prepare for this consultation can help you make sure you get the right representation, making the entire legal process easier on you.