If you have ever met an attorney, or are one yourself, you know that they have very little patience for wasting time. This is ironic, considering most are paid by the hour, but the fact is that attorneys like to get right to the point and when they have a question, they expect a quick answer. It isn’t that they are rude, they simply want the facts as quickly as possible, because they are constantly considering your strategy. If you are getting ready for a meeting with your attorney, it is important that you come prepared.
Just the Facts
Lawsuits are won based on the facts at hand, not opinions. While your attorney may occasionally ask your feelings at the time of certain incidents, generally speaking they are much more concerned with the facts of a case. There may be information that you don’t find important enough to keep readily available, but make no mistake, the smallest details can be the determining factor in a case, and your attorney will know just what to look for. So, it is important that you have all of the information necessary regarding your case at the ready and as organized as possible.
Since attorneys do not like having their time wasted, it is important that you be as organized and thorough as possible. Since you are the attorney’s client, they may accept your disorganization for a little while, especially if you are the victim in the lawsuit, but it’s best not to test that patience. Using file folders to keep your paperwork organized is a great start. Another good idea is to write down everything on a legal pad. After the initial visit, your attorney’s paralegal will take care of keeping it organized but the more organized you are at the outset, the better.
Attorneys are intelligent people that are there to work for you. They know much better than you, when it comes to what is important in a case. Be prepared with everything your attorney asks to bring and more, and you see the beginning of a great attorney/client relationship.