How to make the most of a complimentary consultation

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Facing legal complications can be an incredibly intimidating process. To help you decide your next steps, Champion Lawyers offers a courtesy first consultation. You may take this opportunity to obtain advice about your legal situation, discuss available options, and obtain estimates of the possible costs of any action.

1. Talk about specific things, not legal generalities.

While having legal knowledge may seem essential when interviewing an attorney, it is in your best interest to spend your time making sure the attorney understands all of the specific facts of your case. Many attorneys have the prospective client fill out a questionnaire prior to the initial meeting or have their paralegal spend time with the client filling out this document.

2. Provide detailed information.

When you go in for an initial consultation, you must be able to build an overall structure of the case for which you are seeking representation. With this in mind, have any information you think may be relevant to your case (including license plate numbers, notes, photos, videos, and even third-party testimonials). This information, with the lawyer’s practical knowledge, will allow for defining a much more detailed and effective action plan.

3. Discuss in detail how the process will work.

While certain terms of the case procedure, particularly those involving negotiations with third parties, may change as the process unfolds, your first consultation is ideal to familiarize yourself with certain aspects of your case. At this point, it is prudent that you ask as many questions as you feel might make it easier for you to understand the process. You should leave your first consultation with a clear idea of ​​what it takes to get legal advice and representation. Additionally, a first consultation is a good time to know in detail the billing policies of the firm, as well as to know which personnel you can contact for future consultations.

Also, no initial meeting can be concluded without a first discussion about the costs of your case. While it is difficult for an attorney to calculate the total cost of a legal matter in the first place, an attorney can give you an overview. This overview will guide you through billable fees, minimum amounts of time billed, and the billing frequency of the work on 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.