Free Consultation Guide

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

If you use your free consultation efficiently, you can leave this first meeting with a clearer idea of how your case will proceed. With this in mind, we have prepared this brief guide on how to make the most of your first meeting with us.

First of all, you must remember that an open, honest and frank conversation with our lawyers will provide you with the best legal advice. A lawyer can only advise you on facts that you disclose, so if you hide something from the lawyer, his or her work may not fully suit your situation.

Before speaking with any lawyer, it is important to remember that all conversations you have with one are completely confidential, which means that a lawyer cannot disclose or use anything you discuss during the consultation.

It is important that you bring with you any documents related to the incident. Our lawyers will be able to advise you in greater detail if you bring with you documents that serve as proof. Some documents that can help the lawyer evaluate your case are:

  • Medical records
  • Traffic accident reports
  • Photos of the accident site
  • A list of possible witnesses

If you decide to work with us, these documents will allow us to work on your case immediately.

When you decide to pursue legal action, it is essential that you work in your favor over time, as the state of California imposes a statute of limitations on all causes of action. For personal injury claims, these must be filed within a maximum period of two years after the injury occurs.

In conjunction with this deadline, it is important that you discuss in detail the nature of your situation with your lawyer, as some cases may have a shorter deadline to initiate the lawsuit. For example, if you were injured in an accident involving public transportation, your term could expire in a matter of months, instead of years.

Each client has different needs and situations, which means that they will require more or less communication with us. During this first meeting, it is important that you openly discuss how often you will need to be in contact with us. Our lawyers will know how to respond immediately to any question or request you have, while keeping you informed about the status of your case.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.