5 Secrets For Getting The Most Out of Your Consultation


Your initial consultation with an attorney can be daunting. Here are 5 keys to help guide you to getting the most out of your consultation:

Pregame The Logistics

• Confirm the location, day, and time of your consultation. Realizing that you may be somewhat nervous, if you are not fully comfortable with directions to the office, do a drive-by. This will go a long way in helping to ease your anxiety. 

• Make a list of all your questions and concerns - it is easy to forget when under stress.

• Summarize the facts of your case - you need to be sure you give all pertinent information so a full evaluation is possible. 

Thoroughly Research The Attorney

  • Read online reviews - Online reviews are very telling if an attorney has not received positive reviews from clients, that may be a red flag of poor representation. 

  • Check out rankings and awards - Strong peer reviews are given great weight when assigning a rank. An attorney with very high rankings is one who is highly respected among lawyers.

  • Review discipline history - A history of discipline by the Bar should give you pause. While a single instance of discipline should not necessarily dissuade you, everyone makes mistakes. Multiple instances; you should proceed with caution. 

  • Review the judicial website - If your case is one that involves court (divorce, foreclosure, criminal) go onto the judicial website https://www.jud.ct.gov to be sure the attorney has experience handling similar cases. You don’t want to be their first or only case.

Research Your Rights

Having some knowledge about your legal rights will help you to know what questions you need to ask.

Set And Prioritize Your Goals

Before your consultation, determine what you want out of the consultation:   

  •  Compare attorneys (I recommend consulting with at least 2)
  •  Understand your rights, knowing if you have a case, or getting legal fee costs. Remember your consultation is only 30 minutes, use your time wisely.

Get Take Away Information

Undoubtedly you will feel overwhelmed by the amount of information you will receive. It is crucial that you receive a package of information to take with you so you can refer back to it when you get home. This should include a statement of your case, the general approach the attorney proposes to take, and information on legal fees. Be very cautious if you are not given this information in writing.