If you are visiting an attorney for the first time, you may be a bit nervous about the meeting. Considering the reputation that attorneys have, it’s no wonder that you would be nervous. However, when you retain an attorney, they are accepting the task of representing you to the absolute best of their abilities. So, instead of being nervous, try to be as prepared as possible for your first meeting.
The First Time is the Hardest
When you are meeting with an attorney for the first time, it is a bit like going on a blind date. The attorney will likely have just the basic facts surrounding your case and you will likely have just the basic facts about the attorney. So, much of your first meeting will be the two of you determining whether or not this is the right attorney for you and if you are the right client for the attorney. For the most part, your first meeting with your attorney will be a simple fact finding consultation but you will want to have as much information about your case as possible, because there will be plenty of questions to answer. Don’t worry, though, after the initial visit, it does get easier.
It’s Not an Interrogation
Sometimes, your first meeting with your attorney will sound a bit more like an interrogation than a meeting. The attorney will ask you questions about your case that you may have never considered and ask you for any evidence that you have to back up your side of the case. For the most part, attorneys will always do their best to be compassionate and understanding, and most do have a wonderful court side manner. However, most people simply aren’t used to being questioned as much as you may be questioned by your attorney, so it may be a bit intimidating. Just remember that they are just people whose only job is to be their best for you.
Not every attorney is going to be compatible with every client. Personalities may clash, your attorney may not feel the case is strong enough to accept, even costs and rates can be an issue that you divide on. If you want to win your case, you do need an attorney that you can trust, before that first retainer check is even written. After the first meeting, you will know if this is your new attorney.