Many attorneys offer free consultations. They usually limit these free consultations to 30 minutes to an hour. However, some attorneys charge for their initial consultation. They range generally from $100 to $500 depending on the area of law and experience of the attorney.
Be Prepared for the Consultation
Remember this is your opportunity to tell this new attorney your situation or side of the story. You will have to tell the attorney the who, what, why, where, and when. Prior to meeting with the attorney, write down all of the details about the situation while they are fresh in your memory. Also, write down any questions you may have for the attorney. Sometimes when you are meeting with the attorney you forget some of the details and questions and having them written down can save both you and the attorney time. Also, bring any written documents regarding the case which you want the attorney to look at. Remember time is limited though and especially if the consultation is free attorneys have to draw the line somewhere on what they need to accomplish in the consultation. They may have to ask you several questions in order to get a good sense of the case and to determine if they want to take your case.
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