Despite what you may have heard, there’s nothing intimidating about meeting a lawyer. In fact, we're quite friendly! We have your best interests at heart and we want to help you resolve any legal issues you may be facing. To help this process go as smoothly as possible, a little preparation on your side can make a world of difference.
First Impressions Count
The first time you sit down to chat to your lawyer will likely be an informative and productive conversation. Approach it like you would a job interview and come armed with questions.
Does the lawyer specialize in the legal area you need representation in? How is the personality fit? If you work with this lawyer, you’re forming a partnership with them that will be built on mutual trust. It’s important to establish if you think this kind of relationship can flourish. Feel free to ask any questions you feel are appropriate. And, if it doesn’t seem like a good fit, there’s no requirement to continue with that lawyer.
Things the Lawyer Will Ask
The meeting will be just as informative for the lawyer and it’s likely you’ll be asked about your personal circumstances. This could include questions about your job, your relationship status, contact information and, most importantly, the reason you decided to seek out the services of a lawyer.
At this point, it’s worth mentioning how important honesty is throughout this meeting. The easiest way to ensure you receive the best legal support is to be completely upfront and honest with the lawyer. Don’t fall into the trap of selectively leaving out information that could harm your position. The lawyer can only provide good service if they understand the complete picture.
Ensure you bring any relevant documentation. This can include contracts, receipts, invoices, letters etc. If any witnesses can corroborate your version of events, or support your case, provide their names and contact information.
Expectations from a Lawyer
At Westside Family Law, we’ve helped hundreds of clients through their first meeting with a lawyer. No matter the details, or type of help they needed, there are universal ways a client can help make a lawyer’s life easier.
We need to know all the details. Be open and honest from the start. This will prevent unnecessary delays and help the lawyer to decide on a course of action based on all available facts.
Often when acting on a client’s behalf, decisions will need to be made. When a lawyer asks you to decide on several options, provide clear and concise instructions on what you would like them to do. If you need space/time to think, this is totally fine. Just let your lawyer know when to expect an answer.
Communication is a two-way street. As lawyers, we want to have open lines of communication and know what you’re currently thinking. We achieve this through an open and honest dialogue. Be responsive to a lawyer’s requests and expect the same in return.
Ask the Experts
No matter what area of family law you need assistance with, the expert team at Westside is standing by to help. Contact us and we’ll be happy to assist.