What to expect when meeting with an attorney

April 17, 2023 by

It is normal to be nervous when you first meet with an attorney (especially if this is the first time in your life that you required the assistance of an attorney). Rarely are people meeting with a lawyer because they just received a windfall (like winning the lottery. After all, attorneys are known for cleaning up the mess that life throws at you. Whether it is death, divorce, or an accident, no one looks forward to meeting with an attorney that first time.

To help illustrate these points, let us create a picture for you. You just got bad news. You are stressed and you do not know what the best option is for your next move so you call a professional. Someone that has dedicated their life and their time to handling the exact legal issue that you are facing. You are imagining walking into a busy law office full of intimidating professionals. You are already uneasy because of your bad news and now you have to explain your whole life to this stranger.

We understand how uncomfortable you may feel when you finally reach out to our office. That is why we do everything in our power to put you at ease and make you feel in total control of the situation. After all, we are here to serve you!

After speaking with one of our highly trained and talented intake specialists, we will schedule for a no obligation initial consultation with one of our attorneys. While some law firms have non-attorneys conduct the initial consultation, we find that it is important for both the attorney and the client to establish a rapport. Our strategy and the team that we build will depend on trust, clear expectations, and honest communications. We prefer to have in person consultations for that reason. However, we can accommodate telephonic or virtual initial consultations as well.

Here’s what you can expect when you first meet with TK Law, either in person or virtually:

1. Confidential Information Gathering

After a brief introduction, your lawyer will begin the session by asking you to explain your current legal situation. We recommend that you provide as many details as you can and be ready to answer follow-up questions. It is helpful for you to bring any documentation that you have related to your legal issue. For example, if you were recently served with a lawsuit, please bring the initial paperwork with you.

You might feel uncomfortable sharing private or unflattering information, but it is essential for you to be as open and honest as possible. We are here to help you, not to judge you. The more information you can share, the more thoughtful we can be in preparing a strategy for you.

Plus, attorney-client confidentiality applies as soon as you contact our law firm. Everything you share with us is privileged.

2. A Realistic Discussion of Your Case

Every legal situation is unique. After getting all the necessary details, your attorney will explain the law, what factors apply to you and your situation, and any other options that you will need to understand or consider.

It is important to keep your expectations realistic at this stage as there are rarely enough facts available to predict the final outcome. We can only do what is possible given the evidence and circumstances. Our goal is to get the best possible outcome for you and your family. We will do everything in our power to protect you and your family. However, you should never expect an attorney to guarantee a particular outcome. Our job is to discuss both the strengths and weaknesses of your case.  We will help you contemplate the benefits of a compromise or aggressive litigation approach to gain an advantage.

3. A Goal-Oriented Strategy

Once your attorney understands your goals and the facts of your case, we will work with you to develop a strategy that fits your goals. We work with you to make sure you understand your options and any associated consequences.

Before the end of your initial consultation, we will usually have time for you to ask any questions or concerns that you may have about your legal situation. Remember, this is a team environment, and your questions are valid and helpful in developing a goal-oriented strategy.

4. Next Steps

If you believe that the attorney, the Firm and the team are a good fit, we will be able to explain the next steps, which include an agreement for representation and retaining the Firm. If you have questions about costs or how attorney’s fees are determined, do not hesitate to ask your attorney. Your attorney will also use this time to give you some homework.

Set up a consultation with TK Law

No attorney is going to win every case. Our goal is to get you the best possible outcome given your goals. When you work with TK Law, we are a team.

Do not hesitate to contact us before your situation goes from bad to worse. The more time you and your attorney have to develop a plan, the more likely we will be able to achieve a favorable outcome. Do not wait, call 407-834-4847 or contact us now by clicking here to book your initial consultation.

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Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
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Orlando, FL 32801
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