How to Prepare for a Lawyer Consultation

Posted by on Dec 1, 2018 in Blog

man-and-a-women-shaking-hands-during-a-meetingSo you finally made the call and you are scheduled to meet a lawyer or similar professional for a consultation on a legal matter. This is a major first step in achieving your goals– always treat a legal consultation seriously and make the most of your time. For help doing this, read the guide from Heritage Law we have included below.

Do Research and Come Prepared.

While a consultation is about the potential client, it still helps for you to be ready for the meeting. Look up what is required of people in your position, especially concerning legal matters. If you know anyone that has been through the same thing, talk to them about their experiences and make note especially of any pitfalls they ran into. Also, you may want to consider booking two or three consultations with different lawyers to help determine your options.

Organize Your Files and Take Notes.

Once you know what documents and information to bring, gather it together and make sure everything is in an order that makes sense. It is in your best interest to keep the originals and bring copies for the lawyer, though there are also many paperless options. While the legal professional looks over your files, they may explain things or make comments– make sure to take notes! This can become a handy reference in the future, which may help avoid unnecessary legal fees in the future.

Ask Questions and Listen to Answers.

It may sound tricky, but it is important to know what you do not know. This mode of thinking can help you come up with a list of questions to ask your lawyer during the consultation. If you are overflowing with questions, be wary of asking them without listening to the answers. Take the time to make notes or record the session (if possible), these strategies will mean you are more informed and less likely to repeat questions.

Be Honest and Up Front.

A lawyer is consulting with you to help your case, not hurt it! Always be completely transparent with your potential legal advisor. Legal professionals can only offer the proper guidance when they know every detail of your situation. Omitting details for personal reasons will only harm your chances of being successful after your consultation.

Dress and Act Professionally.

You do not have to wear a tuxedo to your lawyer consultation– far from it! Most modern lawyers do not demand any specific attire, but it can help your own confidence to be dressed as well as possible. If you take yourself seriously, you will likely feel more prepared and the meeting will proceed smoothly. Also, discussing legal matters can be a sensitive topic– it is good to keep an even temper, but do not be afraid to ask for a few moments to compose yourself.

The above tips are only a summary of the many ways you can be best prepared for a lawyer consultation. Questions? Concerns? Contact or visit Heritage Law today!