Attorneys aren’t gods that you should fear them or be anxious in their presence, neither are they super-humans. Attorneys are humans, like you. These professionals understand that it is common for potential clients to be nervous or anxious when meeting for the first time. To quell any anxiety or fear that may want to develop, simply have it in mind that attorneys are there to assist you. Knowing that should put you at ease and make you eager to work with them without any difficulties.
What should you expect?
No one likes to be taken unawares which is why we often conduct a small research before going for an interview. We want to know what we are facing, thus, the reason for the research, or in some cases, questions. The same applies during a first meeting with an attorney. Its best you know what to expect before you walk into his or her office. Knowing the questions the attorney will ask or the request he or she will put forward, will make your appointment very easy.
With that said, what should you expect at your first appointment with an attorney?
First things first
First things first, don’t panic, ensure that you are well relaxed. An attorney will only be able to help you if you give them the right information, in a way that they can understand. It is very understandable that you will be shaky. However, the attorney you meet will understand this and ensure to ask questions that urge you to tell your story.
At this point, you have only provided the attorney with a concise story of your problem. In order to help you, he or she will need the whole story and that is where consultation comes in. An initial consultation appears like an interview. The aim of the consultation is for the attorney to get to know you, and determine if he or she is in the right position to help you solve your problem.
At the beginning of the conversation, the attorney will ask you why you have come to see him and will also want you to summarize your legal issue. While the summary is on, he attorney will ask questions for extra information. It is important that you provide the attorney with the full details so that he can help you.
After your summary, the attorney will ask a few follow up questions. Although some of these questions may be hard to answer, it is crucial that you answer completely and truthfully. Mind you, whatever you tell the attorney stays confidential.
Questions to ask
On your first meeting with an attorney you will have many questions that you would want to be answered. One of the questions that may be most crucial to you will be your chances of willing.
Unfortunately, this is a question that lacks a definite answer. Unless it is an out-of-court settlement, a lawsuit is decided by a judge or a jury. And while an attorney may be able to determine if you have a strong case, they cannot guarantee outcomes and will not guarantee that you will come out on top.
Here are some important questions you should ask an attorney on your first appointment
- What is the best means of communicating with him or her? Email or phone?
- How much will they charge for their services?
- How are they going to bill you? On a flat fee or hourly?
- What kind of experience do they have in this area of the law?
- What is the statute of limitations for your case?
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