Four Things to Remember during Your Free Consultation
Posted on behalf of Goldberg Finnegan, LLC on Jun 05, 2014 in Personal Injury
No matter why you have decided to consult a lawyer, there are a few tips to keep in mind to make the best use of your free consultation.
Goldberg Finnegans team encourages all of our potential clients to come to us with concerns or questions, but the first meeting can be nerve-wracking if you dont know what to expect. Your first meeting with an attorney at Goldberg Finnegan Law is always free, and it allows us to get all the facts and details about what happened to you. There is no obligation to hire our firm and you will not be charged for the consultation. If you decide to hire our firm there are generally no attorney fees unless there is a recovery for you. That means you will never get a bill from us, and you will never have to write us a check or pay us cash. The attorney fee charged is a contingent fee and it comes out of any settlement or verdict at the end of the representation.
Our goal at the initial meeting is to make sure youre comfortable with the process, answer your questions, make sure that you are receiving the medical treatment that you need, and to alleviate the stress of handling the financial aftermath of your accident. That's why we've compiled a list of the four most important tips for your first meeting with an attorney.
Research the Firm
Doing your homework is the best way to find an attorney you trust and mesh with. Visit the firms website, browse social media, check out client testimonials and get a feel for who you are going to meet. You will be in close contact with the attorney and his/her team at the firm throughout the duration of your case. Researching the firm and the attorneys is the first step in finding reliable legal representation.
Compile All Important Documents
The moments after an accident can be confusing, but if you stayed focused enough to snap photos of the damage and gather contact information from witnesses, youre already going into your consultation well-prepared. If you did not take photos then that is okay too; if you hire our firm we will do what we can to obtain the property damage evidence. Make sure to bring any available supporting documentation when your meet your attorney a copy of the police report, pictures, injury diagnoses, witness contact information and more. Your case will benefit if you can provide your lawyer with all the evidence you have.
Make a List of Your Questions
Just like preparing for an interview, its easy to get to your consultation and forget everything you wanted to ask. To avoid this pitfall, make a list of questions prior to your meeting. As youre thinking about your upcoming consultation, jot down any questions that come mind. You'll be more likely to walk away from your meeting with a better sense of what the next steps will be and how secure you feel with the firm handling your claim.
What is Important to You in a Law Firm?
This is one of the biggest questions you can ask yourself. Hiring an attorney is a decision that you should give a great deal of consideration to before doing so. The law firm you choose to represent you should have a great reputation, but what is the most important aspect of that reputation to you? Is it a history of large settlements and verdicts? Is it the firms philosophy that you'd like to identify with? Maybe you prefer to work with a firm that has been recommended by a friend or family member. Whatever qualities you find critical, make sure youre conscious of them. After all, you cant find what youre looking for unless you know what that is!
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