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April 13, 2023

Preparing For An Initial Consultation

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Car Accident Lawyer

While there are a variety of different legal issues that may or may not require counsel to represent you, it may be in your best interest to hire legal counsel as soon as possible in order to ensure you file a case in time and obtain the compensation you deserve. Trying to handle the case on your own instead of hiring the proper representation may cause more harm than good and damage your case. 

First, Analyze the Type of Case You Have and Get in Touch With the Right Attorney

Depending on the type of case you may have, certain attorneys may or may not practice the specific law that applies to your legal matter. To ensure you will receive proper representation, you may want to ask for referrals from friends or family, google search, or look at directories to find attorneys within your area. While there are many talented attorneys, finding the correct attorney who can properly handle your specific kind of case, is vital. Not only will you want to confirm that they practice and have experience within the type of case you are wanting to file, but that they are also accessible and licensed to practice law within your state. 

Gather and Organize All Relevant Documents 

Before your meeting with an attorney, you want to ensure that you have your documents ready and that you are as organized as possible. Depending on the type of case, you want to ensure that you have the specific documents related to that kind of case, which should also include a form of identification. For example, if you are hiring a personal injury accident attorney for an automobile collision, you would want to bring a file containing pictures of all damages done to any vehicles, medical documents pertaining to yourself as well as any pictures of the injuries, quotes from auto repair shops, insurance policy information and any correspondence with the insurance company, as well as any communication between all parties involved within the collision. Having all of these sorted out and prepared for your attorney will make intake and getting started on the case significantly easier..

Write a Description of the Issue in Your Own Words 

While documents and photos are extremely valuable, a truthful and detailed description of the events that took place as it happened will be extremely helpful. While your attorney may ask you even more details about the incident or even ask you to recount the entire timeline, having this narrative prepared will be important for your advocate to go back and review if any of the details become unclear as to avoid inconsistencies. 

Be Truthful & Listen to Your Attorney

Lying to your attorney is the worst mistake one could make throughout their litigation process. No matter how damaging you believe something is to your case, withholding information from your attorney or even lying to them is far worse than anything else. Your attorney is your advocate  and wants to obtain the result you desire,  so telling them the full truth will only benefit you.. Additionally, if your car accident lawyer suggests a certain strategy to win your case, it is in your best interest to listen and trust them, as they are only doing what they believe will help you win your case.

Discuss the Retainer Agreement

After meeting, selecting, and moving forward with the process of securing your attorney, the next step they may ask you to take is to sign a retainer agreement. This agreement should discuss the fee structure and how your attorney will receive payment for their work. Every law firm works differently, so carefully choose the one that best fits your budget and needs. 

Keep Your Own File

By keeping a file of everything related to your case, it will allow you to have a personal record that you can reference whenever you need. This allows you to stay organized and will help answer questions that may come up throughout the litigation process. 

If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of another, a personal injury attorney can advise and help you obtain the compensation you deserve. 

Thanks to Eglet Adams for their insight on how to find the right personal injury attorney for you.

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