How to Get the Most out of a Legal Consultation

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How to Get the Most out of a Legal Consultation

Many lawyers will offer legal consultations for free. This initial assessment of your case may be the only significant service that your lawyer provides for free, so it is important to try to get the most out of this opportunity.

What Should I Bring to a Legal Consultation?

Once you have decided that you need to consult with a lawyer, you should collect every document that might be relevant to your case. Depending on the type of case, this might include:

Don’t worry if you think something might be irrelevant. Let the lawyer make this determination. It is better to have too much information than too little.

Will My Consultation Be Confidential?

A legal consultation does not, by itself, necessarily create an attorney-client relationship. However, everything you say to your lawyer will be privileged and confidential, as if such a relationship existed. If there are facts that are harmful to your case, they will likely be found out one way or another, so you do yourself no favors by keeping them from your lawyer. Without all of the relevant information, a lawyer cannot represent you effectively. Therefore, it is in your best interest to be completely honest from the outset.

What Kind of Questions Should I Ask during a Consultation?

This initial consultation is a good chance to get to know the person that may be handling your legal matter, so don’t be afraid to ask tough questions. You should feel free to ask the lawyer how much experience they have with your type of case, where they went to law school, and the like.

Additionally, more prying questions such as whether or not the lawyer has ever been sued for malpractice or subject to discipline should also be considered fair game. If the lawyer’s answers are evasive or defensive, this should raise a serious red flag.

Finally, you should not be afraid to ask about the likely outcome of your case. While there are no guarantees, an experienced attorney should be able to give you a good idea of your chances of success and your potential recovery.

Contact an Attorney and Schedule a Consultation

Timing is critical in the law. If you have any questions or concerns regarding a potential or existing legal matter, you should consult an attorney as soon as possible.

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Last Modified: 02-11-2014 10:31 AM PST

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