How to Prepare for an Initial Consult: 7 Tips (Pt. 3)

October 31, 2014

Concluding our three-part blog series How to Prepare for an Initial Consult: 7 Tips, here we will present some final tips that can help you get ready to meet with an attorney. By following these tips, you can get the most information out of your initial consult and be sure that you end up picking the best lawyer to represent you moving forward.

Final Tips for Preparing for an Initial Consult

Tip 5 – Think about what you want to ask the attorney.

This is another crucial step that, if you do ahead of time, can end up helping you obtain some very important information. Think about what kind of information is important for you to get so that you can decide whether or not that attorney is the best personal injury lawyer to represent you. Some examples of questions that may be helpful to this end include (but are not necessarily limited to):

  • Whether or not you’ve prepared for an initial consult, our Birmingham and Montgomery personal injury attorneys will provide you with the highest quality legal services.

    Whether or not you’ve prepared for an initial consult, our Birmingham and Montgomery personal injury attorneys will provide you with the highest quality legal services.

    How long have you been a licensed attorney in this state?

  • How long have you been overseeing cases like mine?
  • What can I expect when you represent me?
  • Will you personally be handling my case or will my case be passed off to an associate?
  • How often will you update me about the status of my case?
  • What are your fees?
  • Why are you a better choice than any other lawyer I may be considering.

Tip 6 – Be prepared to ask the attorney for references.

After asking the lawyer some specific questions about his experience, practice and services, you may also want to request some references from the lawyer. A seasoned attorney will have no problem providing you with the names and numbers (or emails) of former clients who can speak to the quality of his services. Whether or not you even intend to contact these references at some later point, asking for references and seeing how the attorney responds can be just as telling as speaking to a reference.

Tip 7 – Know that you don’t have to make a decision immediately.

The final tip we have for preparing for an initial consult is to just remember that you don’t have to make any immediate decision to move forward with a specific lawyer. If you may not be sure about an attorney, go home and think about it. Maybe even meet with another lawyer so that you have some points of contrast to figure out whether on attorney may be a better choice.

Keep in mind, however, that you don’t want to wait too late after an accident to move forward with your case, as the sooner you get your case filed, the stronger your case will likely be.

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.

Let’s meet for an initial consult to discuss your case and learn more about your rights. To set up this meeting today, 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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