You recently began suspecting that you may have a lawsuit. You’re not sure exactly what claims you may have—or even if you have a legitimate case—but you want to speak with someone to find out. Speaking with an attorney for the first time can be overwhelming. Attorneys often ask many questions the first time you speak with them. All the best attorneys ask those questions so that they can determine whether the legal system can help you. The ultimate question for attorneys is usually: if your case went to trial, might it stand a genuine chance of succeeding?
Here are a few tips for making sure that the conversation between you and any potential lawyer during that free consultation is productive.
1. Remember that you can—and should—ask the lawyer questions
Even though lawyers or their team might ask you questions, do not forget that any good lawyer is open to answer your questions! Oftentimes, you might be able to ask about the status of a mass tort or class action litigation, for example. Ask them about their experience and the experience of their team members.
2. Review your records
If you have any records, have them ready to go for your initial talk with the attorney. Many cases are “make or break” depending on the timeline of events, and the more information you can provide at the beginning, the more likely it is that the attorney can help evaluate whether you might have a viable claim. Don’t panic if you don’t have every single date or document, but do try to have anything available ready so that you can discuss it with the attorney.
3. Ask about the costs of the lawsuit
Any good lawyer will be up-front about the cost structure for a potential claim. Make sure that you ask about this the very first time you speak so that there are no misunderstandings. If you sign a contract with an attorney, that information should be provided to you then, but many people like to know the information before they decide which attorney they want to work with and trust with their case.
4. Review all documents before signing
Your potential lawyer should be happy to explain anything you don’t understand. If you are asked to sign a document, but something confuses you, make sure and ask! No one will judge you for wanting to understand the reason you’re signing a document, and what exactly it is that you’re signing.
5. Be honest
Your lawyer can only do his or her very best to represent you if you’re honest. Keep in mind that your talks with your attorney are “privileged” – private – and cannot be shared with others unless you give permission.
The attorneys at Jones Ward would love to speak with you for a free consultation if you feel you’ve been harmed. Please contact us via email or call toll free at 888-595-2922 if you would like a free consultation . We take every potential claim seriously, and are happy to answer any of your questions.