4 Things to Expect from Your Free Initial Consultation

4 Things to Expect from Your Free Initial Consultation

Consulting with an attorney is not something that the average person does on a regular basis. Therefore, it may be helpful to know exactly what happens and what will be discussed during an initial consultation with an attorney. What follows is a guide covering the basics of an initial free consultation. Knowing this will help guide you in your decision on whether or not you will choose me to represent you in any and all legal proceedings.

What is the Purpose of a Legal Consultation?

The purpose of a legal consultation is for the attorney to get to know you, know more about your case and whether he/she can competently represent you. At this point in your discussion with the attorney she is not yet your representative. This does not occur until you have signed a contract between you and her and she has notified the court that she now represents you. Moreover, the attorney will not give you specific advice yet until you have retained him or her. The reason for this is that the attorney must avoid malpractice charges.

What to Expect During the Initial Consultation

  • Seek to understand your case: The first things an attorney will solicit from you are the details of your case. In this, they will need as many documents from you related to your case as you can produce. This will help her to determine the nature of your legal issue, your legal options, whether or not she can help you and your prospects for success.
  • Explain the legal process: The legal process is very complicated for most lay people. It is one of the reasons why the study of law is so complicated. During the initial consultation, the attorney will try to break down the legal process in a way you can understand.
  • Explain to you their fee: All initial consultations include a discussion of the attorney’s legal fees. She will discuss how, when and how much they will be paid. Attorney fee arrangements may be based on a contingency fee, a flat fee, or hourly fee basis.
  • Establish a communication process: If you and your attorney agree that she can help you and you have decided to retain her then you must be able to contact each other when needed. Expect her to get from you your contact information. Having given him/her this information, you should make yourself available for further communications;

The choice of an attorney is an important one. It will help determine your chances at success. Hopefully, this guide will help you know what to expect from your initial free consultation. I am attorney Erika Roman. I am an immigration attorney in Oxnard who is ready to speak to your about your case.

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