Once you have decided to hire a attorney and made your selection the next important step will be the first meeting.
Once you have decided to hire a attorney and made your selection the next important step will be the first meeting. Taking some simple steps to prepare for the meeting will help you and your attorney move quickly on to finding a solution for the matter you are dealing with. Failing to prepare may end up costing you money because it may take longer for the attorney you hire to get up to speed on your matter and prepare their advice. Some simple first steps may be:
Dates are very important and you must be accurate to the best of your ability. One helpful idea may be to purchase an inexpensive calendar and create a reference for your attorney by marking down dates of when things happened and when you received any notices or other documents.
Spend time thinking about what other information you may have on hand such as photos, letters, and other notices. Try to organize these files before you meet with the attorney.
Your attorney will want to understand what your goals are in dealing with the matter. Once you have everything in hand prepare a list of goals that you want the attorney to help you achieve. Typical goals might include:
You’ll also want to prepare questions to ask the attorney. Since a primary goal of obtaining legal advice is to understand and protect your rights. Questions you might ask a attorney include:
Having these questions ready and the materials for your matter prepared will help ensure that the attorney can quickly take up your case.