What is a Consultation?
A consultation is an initial meeting between a professional and a new client, customer, or patient. During this initial meeting, you can discuss your case and ask questions about the attorney’s methods and how they can best assist you.
If you need help after being involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, setting up a consultation is a great way to learn more about a lawyer before you agree to hire them. It is critical to arrive at your consultation prepared and ready to discuss your case.
What Happens During a Consultation With an Attorney?
Once you contact the law firm of your choice, you will schedule a consultation date and time. You will then meet with your potential new attorney in person at their office.
A consultation is your opportunity to ask questions and ensure that the attorney is a good fit for you. A good lawyer will spend time getting to know all aspects of your case. They will inquire about specific details and make sure you have all relevant documents in your case.
If both of you believe the client-attorney relationship is a good fit, you will discuss how to move forward from here.
Important Questions To Ask During Your Consultation
Below is a list of the top most important questions to ask the attorney during your consultation.
Do You Have Experience With Cases Similar to Mine?
Any lawyer may be interested in your case, but you want to hire someone with experience handling cases similar to yours. Ask the lawyer about other cases they have worked on and what were the outcomes of those cases.
How Many Cases Have You Settled That Were Similar to Mine?
When selecting a personal injury lawyer, a successful track record is also very important. Ask them to tell you about how many cases they have settled this year that were similar to yours and how long they have been handling these types of cases.
What Percentage of Your Cases Are Personal Injuries?
Some lawyers portray themselves as “jacks of all trades,” but it is best to work with someone who specializes in personal injury law. They will be better informed about current tort law developments, and they will be better prepared to handle your case.
Who Will Be in Charge of Handling My Case?
The attorney you meet with during your consultation may not be the same one you will be assigned to. In some cases, a legal assistant or paralegal may be more involved with your case.
Inquire with the person you meet with whether or not they will be the one representing you and what role they will play in your case. You want to work with an attorney who will take the time to get to know you and communicate with you.
What Will Be Our Main Form of Communication Throughout My Case?
You want to feel like your case is going to be the lawyer’s top priority. This means it is critical to maintain a regular communication schedule throughout the duration of your case. Inquiring about this up-front will give you an idea of how involved your lawyer intends to be and how invested they are in winning your case.
What Are Your Legal Fees, and Will I Owe Any Up-front Payment?
Make certain that you understand how the lawyer’s fees will be charged. Many personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means you pay nothing upfront and only pay a fee if your case is won. However, not all lawyers operate in this manner, so it’s important to ask before signing an agreement.
Your Personal Injury Consultation Should Always Be Free
Many personal injury lawyers provide free consultations. This allows you to meet your attorney and discuss your case without wasting your time.
Your lawyer can focus on your best interests and use their time with you wisely if they offer a free consultation and work on a contingency basis.
If you contact a law firm to schedule a free consultation and they tell you there will be a fee, you may want to consider contacting someone else. There are way too many options out there to be paying fees for a consultation when you may end up not liking the attorney.
At The Brown Firm, we always provide potential personal injury clients with a free consultation. You will never owe any out-of-pocket fees for our services. Our attorneys are paid from the final settlement amount once your case has been won.
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