"How to Prepare for the Initial Consultation with a Lawyer," new article by Richard Smalley, Esq
In a new advice article, attorney Richard Smalley tells you how to make the consultation with a lawyer most productive.
By: The Smalley Law Firm
To help you make the most of time and reach a decision, here are a few things you should remember while going for a lawyer consultation:
First things first, ask the lawyer if there is a fee for the meeting. Lawyers typically charge a per hour fee, so if there is a consultation fee, make sure to make the most of it. Ask all the necessary questions that can help you decide if you want to hire the lawyer or not. Do not waste time in discussing unnecessary or less important questions. If you don't want to pay for the first meeting, look for free consultation lawyers. There are some lawyers who offer free-of-cost consultations.
No matter how intelligent you are or how sharp your memory is, this is not the time to show it. Always, write down all the questions on a paper or a notebook before going for the meeting to make sure you do not forget anything important.
While the questions may vary from case to case, here are some general questions to ask a lawyer in the first meeting:
* Does your case fall into the lawyer's area of expertise?
* How many similar cases has the lawyer handled in the past?
* What options do you have - both legal and out-of-court?
Just like you have a lot of things to ask, lawyers also take all the important information in the first meeting to decide whether they want to take up the case or not. This includes your personal details, your narrative, and all the information you can provide about the case.
Richard E. Smalley, III is an attorney in Norman, Oklahoma. He is an AV-rated trial attorney with more than 30 years' experience.
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