How to Prepare for an Initial Consult: 7 Tips (Pt. 1)

October 20, 2014

When you’ve suffered a personal injury and are ready to move forward with a lawsuit, retaining an attorney to represent you will be one of the first things you do to get your case started. To this end, you will likely have to attend at least one initial consult.

These meetings are important opportunities for you to meet with a lawyer to essentially find out whether that attorney is the best choice for your case. If you take the time to prepare even just a little bit for an initial consult, you can obtain some valuable information and insight that can help you decide whether a particular attorney is right for you.

In this three-part blog series, we will discuss some helpful tips regarding how to prepare for an initial consult. While following these tips can help you get the most out of this important meeting, the trusted Montgomery and Birmingham personal injury lawyers at Joe M. Reed & Associates LLC welcome you for an initial consult regardless of whether you’ve had time to prepare.

Here’s What You Can Do to Prepare for an Initial Consult

Tip 1 – Be ready to talk about the accident or event that caused your injuries.

If you have time to prepare for an initial consult with a personal injury lawyer, you can get the most information and value out of this meeting. Call us for help with your case.

If you have time to prepare for an initial consult with a personal injury lawyer, you can get the most information and value out of this meeting. Call us for help with your case.

One of the first parts of the initial consult will typically involve you telling an attorney about the accident, event or incident that resulted in your injuries. Whether the accident occurred last week, last month or even last year, consider taking some time to think about what happened, going over the particular events in as much detail as your can. Some helpful tips that may facilitate this include:

  • Writing down your version of the events – Start by writing down when the event happened and what you were doing immediately prior to it. Then, describe the incident and what happened afterwards. By writing down the details of the event, you can make sure that you cover all of the important details so that you have them clearly in mind when it comes time to discuss them with a lawyer.
  • Telling someone you know about the incident – Similar to writing down the event, talking about it with a friend or family member can help you recall all of essential details so that you don’t forget anything when meeting with a personal injury lawyer.

Tip 2 – Gather any pictures you have related to the incident.

Depending on the nature of the event that caused your personal injuries, you may end up having photographs of the incident and/or the aftermath of it. If this is the case, then do your best to bring copies of the pictures you have with you to the initial consult.

If you are able to bring these pictures with you, it can assist a lawyer in assessing your case (and, consequently, help the attorney provide you with clearer answers about the value and potential challenges of your case).

We will pick this discussion back up in two upcoming parts of this blog series – be sure to look out for them!

Montgomery and Birmingham Personal Injury Attorneys at Joe M. Reed & Associates LLC

After sustaining an injury that may have been caused by negligence or recklessness, you can count on the Montgomery and Birmingham personal injury lawyers at Joe M. Reed & Associates LLC to be aggressive advocates for your rights.

To set up an initial consult with us and learn more about how we can help you, call us at (334) 834-2000, or email us using the contact form at the top of this page. Initial consultations are free in most cases, and evening and weekend appointments are available for your convenience.

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