Initial Consult – Questions “FOR” the Attorney

That’s right, the title does not have a typo! This article will address questions that are “for” an attorney (not questions “from” an attorney) to be better prepare you to make a decision if this attorney is for you. Many who visit an attorney do now know what to expect or how the meeting will go. And once you get into the meeting there can be so many different things the attorney touches base on that you, as the potential client may forget to ask, and it could be something that is really important. Here are some quick easy questions that should be asked by the potential client to the attorney at the initial consult.

  1. What is your experience in this area? – Obviously you want someone who knows what they are doing. Sometimes more experience means a larger fee but it could be worth it. On the other hand just because someone is inexperienced does not mean they can’t handle your case, this could push them to work harder for you.
  2. If I hire you, in what way and how often do you plan on communicating with me? – This is a big deal. Attorney – Client communication is a foundation in representation. With today’s technology there can literally be communication every day in so many different ways (email, phone, text, mail, etc.). Some attorneys may communicate less but that does not mean they aren’t doing their job but making sure you and your attorney are on the same page is vital.
  3. What is your fee but more importantly…what all does that cover? – Depending on the situation a fee can be a one time “flat fee” that covers the case through a certain point of litigation or it can be a retainer fee that you pay to the attorney and they bill at an hourly rate. Or the fee could be a “contingency” fee where the fee is contingent upon a recovery in the case. Regardless, make sure you understand there may be additional costs you may be subject to that the attorney may incur or that are part of the case such as travel, filing fees, court costs, restitution, depositions, copies of documentation and other normal fees that are part of litigation.
  4. Why should I choose you? – This may seem like a loaded question but you are the client. The attorney is trying to provide you a service. The nature of any service related industry is that some provide a better service than others. Hearing and understanding how an attorney answers this question can help you decide if you are in the right office for legal counsel.

There are many other questions that can be asked but those are a few of the most important. Ultimately, the answer to those questions will provide you with ability to make an informed and educated decision as to whether this particular attorney is the one for you and your legal issue.

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