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How To Prepare For A Meeting With A Lawyer


Think about your goal or goals for the meeting. For instance, you want to be free of your debts.

If the lawyer sends you a questionnaire before the meeting, complete it and take it with you.

If you are hiring the lawyer for a factual situation, put the facts together. If dates are important, be as accurate as possible. Put the facts in chronological order.

Pull together all documentation that could relate to the situation at hand and take it to the meeting. Don't make your own decision that something is irrelevant. Let the lawyer decide that.

Prepare a list of questions. Prioritize the list in case you don't get to ask all your questions. Feel free to use our Prioritizer to write down your questions. Save the list to your Individual Home Page so you can add to it as questions come to you. After you've listed all your questions, give each question a chronological priority. You can then reorder the questions according to your priority by clicking on a button. Print the list to take it to your meeting.

Include such questions as:

  • The lawyer's opinion about your chances for success, perhaps on a scale of 1 to 10. Then ask the lawyer the degree of certainty he or she has about the opinion.
  • Your options.
  • What problems does the lawyer see?
  • How long does the lawyer think it will be until your case is resolved?
  • If you don't win, what are your options?

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