What should I have prepared when I call a lawyer about my issue for the first time?
Ideally, that first call to an attorney should be an informed one. In reality, it is quite normal that even the most organized and prepared individuals will need to supplement later; that is call back or bring to the first office appointment the necessary info. But to get the most "bang" out of that first contact, more info means faster and better advocacy by your attorney. Therefore you should try to gather up as much of the following that you can before making that call:
Relevant dates and locations of the matter at hand; if you do not know the exact calendar date, be prepared to narrow it down like, for example: " the second half of the month of November last year".
Correctly spelled names and birthdates, if known, of any relevant people, whether they are party opponents(people against you in the lawsuit), witnesses, or references. Professionals (Therapists, doctors, school administrators, teachers, etc.) need to have contact info, like a telephone number.
More on how to prepare for that critical first consultation with a lawyer.
Witnesses are people who would be able to prove , by means of saying what they have seen, heard, or otherwise experienced, facts favorable to your position.
Case numbers, and location(such as in which state and county) of any pending(existing) litigation , as well as the same info for any other past court actions involving either the same issues or people. This is also true for administrative law cases, such as appeals of state decisions regarding unemployment and the like.
Information about any reports or documents related to the issue, such as government decisions, court papers, police reports, or other notices, and official reports. Eventually the attorney will want to make copies of all relevant documents.
Finally, have ready your own contact information: all telephone numbers, mailing address, email if applicable, fax number, as well as a summary of your typical schedule.
If the above guidelines are followed you will enable your attorney to "cut to the chase" and help.
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