Many lawyers, in all areas of law, advertise their free case evaluation. For example, most personal injury and wrongful death lawyers routinely offer free case evaluations. What does a free case evaluation mean, and what exactly does it include?
An initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer will likely be a 30-60 minute meeting between the potential client and the attorney. The client will explain their situation and why they are looking to retain legal counsel. The attorney will listen and give feedback to the individual as to whether or not they have a potential claim.
The initial consultation will include a review of any documents brought by the client. It would help if you planned to bring all materials that you have regarding your situation. If you are missing some relevant documents, don’t worry, you can always supply them later.
Reviewing the facts and essential documents together will allow the attorney to view the facts of the potential claim and ask relevant questions. It’s also a chance for both parties to see if they are a good fit for each other. Every lawyer has a style, which may or may not fit every client.
During the consultation, the attorney will explain any fees that the firm may charge. In addition, they will outline what the client can expect should they choose to retain the attorney as their legal counsel. Even if you don’t hire a particular attorney, your conversation with them is protected by the attorney-client privilege.
A free case consultation is a chance for the attorney and client to meet face to face and go over the potential claim. Take advantage of a free case consultation if you think you have a possible injury or wrongful death claim.
Finally, look for an attorney who focuses on the matter that is relevant to you. For example, if it’s personal injury or wrongful death, look for an attorney with both experience and success.