After you have been assigned an attorney it is important to start to prepare for your consultation. As a member of Community Legal Solutions, you are entitled to a FREE Consultation. Often, lawyers charge hourly even for an initial consultation. Follow the steps below to make sure you are fully prepared and get the most out of your FREE Consultation. If you have any questions about how preparing for your consultation, contact Member Services at 888-693-0335
Your lawyer is going to gather your contact information and set up a case file. Be prepared with all your contact information. It is ideal to have this information written down on a piece of paper you can give to the attorney. The information should include:
The most important part of your consultation is when you describe your legal situation. It is IMPERATIVE to take the time to write down the facts of your case and when each event occurred. During the consultation, it is important to be concise and to the point. Try to make sure the facts of your case is limited to a single page. This will force you to include only the relevant facts and leave out some of the less important stuff. The document should include:
Once you have written down the key events and facts about your case, start to collect any supporting documentation to support your side of the story. Having all your documents neat and organized in a folder will allow the attorney to quickly evaluate the strength of your case. The lawyer will be able to set realistic expectations based on the facts at hand. Gathering documents is the most important step when preparing for your consultation. Documents to gather might include:
The reason why you are talking to a lawyer is that you want to achieve a goal. However, it is important to be clear about what you want the outcome to look like. Clearly stating your goals will give your lawyer the ability to properly set expectations for the outcome of your legal situation. As a member of Community Legal Solutions, you are entitled to many FREE and DISCOUNTED legal services. So be clear about what you want the lawyer to do.
The Consultation is designed for you to meet your lawyer and discuss your legal matter. It is important to ask him questions, so you are fully aware of what to expect. It is also appropriate for you to make sure this lawyer is qualified to deal with your particular legal situation. It is always best to have a lawyer that is experienced in your specific area of law. Below are some general questions to consider asking your attorney.
Community Legal Solutions is here to support you each step of the way. If you have any questions about how to prepare for your FREE Consultation, or if you would like someone to review the documents you have, please contact our Member Services TODAY. We will help make sure you are well prepared for your time with your attorney.
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