Free consultations are important when selecting an attorney. They give you a chance to meet with the attorney, discuss your case, and make sure it is a good fit without spending any money. But, if you do not come prepared, you won’t get the most out of that appointment.
Before you even schedule your initial consultation, follow these tips to ensure you get the most benefit out of your free meeting.
Preparing for the Meeting
Long before you meet with your potential attorney, you need to start the preparation process. To get the most from your first, free meeting, you need to come prepared and be able to give the attorney as much information as possible.
First, sit down and make a list of questions you want to ask the attorney. These can include everything from how long your case will take to an approximate settlement amount. Do not be shy and make sure you ask all of the questions on your mind. This way you can enter into an agreement with the lawyer with confidence…and a peace of mind.
Prepare a few documents for your appointment as well. Sometimes the law office will specifically request documents, but also consider bringing along copies of:
- Your medical records;
- Expenses you have paid since the injury occurred;
- Police reports;
- Insurance information (medical and auto);
- Pay stubs – in case your attorney needs to estimate how much work you have missed;
- Correspondence with the insurance company, other attorneys, etc.
A Few Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Consultation
Your consultation is an important meeting. It is not only a time for you to get to know a potential attorney, but for the attorney to get to know you as well. A few things you can do to increase the effectiveness of that meeting are:
- Be truthful. While you may think telling your attorney something untrue will get your case further, it will only come back in the end. Be honest and truthful from the start; it will be better for your case.
- Bring as much information as you can. Write down as much as you can remember about your accident, including how and when it occurred, and any other pertinent details.
- Leave the family at home. While you can certainly bring your significant other or a family member, try to not bring everyone along. This can limit how much time you have with the attorney and be a distraction.
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