FIRST THINGS FIRST
First contact with a lawyer.
Tips for that first call1. Find a quiet place to call a lawyer, where you can be alone without distraction, if possible.
2. Before you call, make a list of questions and concerns you have.
3. Have important papers at hand. Maybe you received something in the mail from a court. Maybe you were served with official papers by a stranger.
4. Have a pen and paper at the ready when you make that first call to a lawyer.
5. If you leave a message for the lawyer, make sure to let the lawyer know when you are available and what telephone number is best for you (like a personal cell phone).
For example, you might not be able to be called when at work or during work hours. SPECIAL NOTE: Do not use your work email to communicate with a lawyer.
First in-person meeting with a lawyer1. You do not need to have a computer to interview and hire a lawyer. The lawyer can help you with or without a computer.
2. In-Person Meeting: Be on time as the lawyer has reserved time just for you. Some lawyers are able to offer after-work or weekend appointment time.
3. Figure out in advance how to travel to the lawyer*s office, especially if it is in an area that is unfamiliar to you.
4. Bring all your documents with you. And organize all your papers beforehand. For example, if you have a custody order, bring that custody order with you to the meeting.