You’ve just contacted an Attorney and scheduled a consultation for legal advice and possibly representation in a civil litigation matter. Here’s what to expect, how to prepare, and what to bring with you to bring with you to get the most out of your consultation with a civil litigation attorney.
What to Expect
In general, an attorney will spend approximately spend an hour learning more about your case. Much of the consultation will center on fact-finding.
How to Prepare
You’ll need to provide all the pertinent details about your case, identifying when the issue arose and all the involved parties. Documentation will help paint a clear picture of the factual circumstances surrounding your potential case.
What to Bring – Contractual Dispute
If you’re involved in a contractual dispute, bring the contract. Contracts have important provisions that may shape the approach by which your attorney will advise you. Some of these provisions after the forum in which you can seek redress by designating which law applies or by making arbitration mandatory. In a dispute regarding a lease, bring the lease agreement. In a business dispute, bring your operating agreement or shareholder agreement. Other documents that evidence important terms and facts include purchase orders or invoices.
What to Bring – Personal Injury Case
For a personal injury case, bring your insurance company information, including communications you have already had with the insurance company, medical bills, and photographs of any damages to your property or body. If you’ve already tried to resolve this issue before contacting an attorney, bring any written communication you have had with the opposing party, concluding letter you have sent notifying the other party of the issue, emails attempting to resolve the issue, and documentation of the other party’s responses. Upon engaging an attorney to represent you, your attorney will likely use these communications in preparing your case or negotiating on your behalf.
Your attorney will discover what you desire out of representation, consider whether there is a conflict of interest in representation you against the potential opposing party, assess whether any applicable limitations period prevents you from bringing suit, and will want to be sure that (s)he will be able to adequately represent your best interests. (S)he will analyze potential avenues to protect you, and determine what next step is most advantageous to you to achieve your goals.