Meeting With Your Attorney
You were the victim of someone else’s negligence, you’re hurt and probably upset, you called friends or family who referred to a trial lawyer. The lawyer tells you they would like to meet and discuss your case. Now what do you do? Meeting with an attorney can be a nerve-wracking experience. Here’s a
Your Attorney Is Your AdvocateYou've been through a traumatic experience. Your lawyer is there to learn the facts of your case and advocate for you on against the person, corporation or insurance company who wronged you. It's important to remember that the things you tell your attorney are confidential and privileged. The attorney is your advocate to stand up for you and guide you through the legal process.
Remember, lawyers are people too. There is no reason to be nervous when meeting with your lawyer. They are on your side. We are here to help protect your rights and serve your needs, often in your greatest time of need. Asking questions, being forthcoming and listening carefully to the advice of your attorney will ensure much better results for you and your case.
Tell the whole storyYour lawyer is there to help you and fight for you. Explain your situation as clearly as possible. If you can, prepare a timeline of events in advance such as when the accident occurred and what medical treatment you received. The lawyer will not judge you. Your lawyer is there to support you and make sure that your rights are represented. Give us the entire story, every little detail, no matter how bad you make think it is. I assure you they have seen worse. We will be able to deliver much better results the more forthcoming you are.
The more of your story we learn early on in the case, the easier it becomes to tell your story. Our job is to devise a strategy to best help you in your time of need. In order to do that, we need all the facts. Don't hold back.
Ask questions!Ask questions! If you aren't clear about what your attorney is talking about, if the process seems confusing and slow, that's because it is and attorneys are used to talking with other attorneys. Ask questions, clarify everything you don't understand. The more questions you ask, the better your lawyer can clarify the details for you. Read through everything your lawyer puts in front of you, carefully examine it and make sure that you understand what you're signing. Don't be afraid to ask questions.