A lot of people are unaware of what is required as far as preparation when it comes to meeting with your lawyer for the first time. What happens as a result is that you are left leaving the office, only remembering a small fraction of all that was said. Worse yet, you might leave without asking the important questions.
In this article, we’ll look at five useful questions that you should ask your lawyer when you go into for your first time consultation:
1. How much experience does your lawyer have in dealing with cases similar to your own?
When you get involved with a lawyer for the first time, it’s important that you not be the guinea pig for this lawyer to learn how to handle your kind of case. You are going to want to make sure that you find someone who is experienced and knowledgeable with the type of case you are dealing with.
2. What obstacles does the lawyer foresee down the road?
It’s a good idea to get an idea of what to expect in your case. The best possible scenarios as well as the worst possible scenarios.
3. How will the case be handled and what is the overall process involved?
Be sure that you find out what is expected of you and what is expected of your lawyer in the duration of the case.
Take notes so that you know the expected timeline and what deadlines both of you will be required to make.
4. Does the lawyer charge for phone calls?
Some lawyers will nickel and dime you for every single transaction. If you call up for any reason, the time could be tallied and charged against your lawyer fees. So make sure you know in advance how this particular lawyer charges clients for their time.
5. Will the lawyer accept installments as payment for their services?
If you are not able to come up with the entire amount for the lawyer fees, then make sure you are able to work out an installment plan. Most lawyers will be able to work something out to help with your financial situation.