What is an Initial Legal Consultation?
What to expect at an initial consultation with an attorney.
An attorney/client relationship is not established. This should be presented as legal education and not legal advice. This protects the attorney and you.
Some lawyers offer free legal consultations. Many charge for consultations. You should be aware of the legal fee amount before an initial consultation begins.
An initial legal consultation is simply a short meeting between a lawyer and a potential client. This short meeting should be 20 minutes or less.
A legal consultation can be done over the phone, via email or in person at the attorney’s office. You and the attorney decide what type of legal consultation is appropriate for your case.
You give the facts of your case. The attorney explains the legal implications in general terms. The attorney decides if he/she wants to accept your case.
If you like what you hear, then schedule another appointment with this attorney. Taking the second step will provide you with more information on how to proceed with your case.
At the next appointment with the attorney, bring your documents so that the attorney is able to better understand your case. There may be a fee for this second appointment. Remember, you are being provided a valuable service by an educated professional.
You need more than an Initial Legal Consultation in order to make an informed decision about your case. You need to schedule another appointment with the attorney if you are serious about moving forward with your case.