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What Should I Bring to the Meeting With My New Lawyer?
Here are some suggestions for what to bring to your meeting with your attorney (or prospective attorney).
- A pen and pad of paper or the electronic equivalent! You will surely want to write down notes on any issues or questions that arise.
- A list of questions. If you’re seeking legal help, you’re probably in a sticky enough situation that you have a million questions and concerns. But it’s easy to forget to ask them all when sitting face to face with an attorney. Write these questions down ahead of time, to make sure you get every query answered while you’re there.
- A check or other means of paying the initial consultation fee, if your attorney charges one. This should be discussed ahead of the meeting. Nothing gets a lawyer-client relationship off on the wrong foot faster than being unready or unwilling to make your first payment. Presenting that fee immediately shows that you’re taking the relationship seriously.
- Any documents relevant to your case. If, for example, you are negotiating a lease and want the lawyer to review it, you should obviously bring a copy of the draft lease. If possible, make copies of each document you give to your lawyer, so that you can take a set back home. (Or you can ask the lawyer’s office to make the copies, but you’ll likely be charged at premium rates for those.)
How Should I Act During the Meeting With the Lawyer?
Treat your first meeting as a business consultation. While you are trying to develop a friendly rapport with your lawyer, you also want the lawyer to see you as a serious client with serious needs.
Be prompt. Lawyers value their time, since they generally bill by the hour. Showing up ten minutes late could throw off the rest of the lawyer’s schedule for the day.
Dress professionally. This does not mean you need to wear a suit, but you should wear the type of attire you would wear to any formal business meeting. This shows the attorney that you are a professional, and are taking your case seriously.
Let the lawyer do the talking, initially. You’ll have all sorts of information you’ll want to relate, but the lawyer will be better able to focus on the background facts that appear relevant. The more prepared you are with completed questionnaires (if the lawyer sent you any ahead of time), documents, diagrams, and your own questions, the easier this process will be.
Be honest. Remember that, even if you do not end up hiring the lawyer, everything you reveal during your meeting is likely subject to attorney-client privilege. (The biggest exception to this, not surprisingly, is if you tell your lawyer that you are going to commit a crime, which information the lawyer could be duty-bound to convey to law-enforcement authorities.) In most cases, honesty is in your best interest. Lawyers seldom see cases that are cut and dried, with one party completely the “good guy.” It’s much better for the lawyer to know any bad news up front than to be surprised later with revelations you failed to share. (In fact, the lawyer’s fee contract might mention that the fees will go up if you’ve withheld relevant information.)
Clarify What Will Happen After the Meeting
Be clear on what will happen next, and then be sure to follow through on whatever you’re asked to do by your new attorney. The attorney will need cooperation from your end.
Commonly, a lawyer will ask you to send additional documents or information pertaining to your case so that the lawyer can review it in detail. If it’s not clearly spelled out in your representation agreement, ask the lawyer how they’d prefer to communicate with you (email, telephone, or some other method), and then keep in contact regularly.
The lawyer might give you advice on how to proceed. This could be especially important when time is short. For example, if your business has been sued and you need to file a response to the lawsuit immediately, you’ll want a lawyer to get on the matter right away. By the end of your meeting, you should leave with a clear understanding of what you’ve accomplished and what’s ahead.
Why Should I Hire Attorney Lanease Fuller?
Attorney Lanease Fuller has helped over one thousand individuals navigate their legal struggles over the last three decades. She has a 98% success rate with her clients, making her a stand out attorney. If you are interested in scheduling a no obligation consultation with a top Houston attorney, contact our law office today.
Experienced Attorney in Houston, Texas
Attorney Fuller is a seasoned attorney with nearly three decades of experience representing a wide range of clients. This includes individuals who have suffered an injury due to another’s actions, individuals facing criminal charges, those who have been arrested for DWI, individuals who have found themselves in a civil litigation dispute, and those looking for legal guidance in business.
After filling out a client intake form, Attorney Lanease D. Fuller will take appropriate action in your case to help you get the results you are looking for. This includes but not limited to gathering evidence, going to trial, and earning a settlement that is appropriate for your specific situation. Reach out to us today to take the first step towards settling your case.
LANEASE D. FULLER LAW
4615 S. Frwy St. 820
Houston, TX 77051