Bronx, New York
3397 E Tremont Ave
Bronx, NY 10461
(718) 822-0500

What to Ask Your Lawyer During Your Initial Consultation July 27, 2016

Bronx, New York City, NY
What to Ask Your Lawyer During Your Initial Consultation, Bronx, New York

Meeting with your lawyer for the first time can be intimidating. You wouldn’t be consulting an attorney in the first place if they didn’t have certain expertise you don’t have. But while it’s true you should let your lawyer’s experience guide the conversation about building your case, there are also some questions you should ask your attorney the first time you talk. Stephen B. Kaufman, P.C. has been serving the needs of Bronx-area residents for over four decades, and he has a few suggestions on what you should find out during your first consultation.

What To Ask Your Attorney During The First Visit

1. Ask About Your Attorney’s Experience

The law is complex, so find a lawyer with specific expertise in the area you need. If you’ve been hurt in an accident and are seeking damages, for instance, you’ll want to make sure your attorney has significant experience with personal injury law. In fact, your lawyer should be able to give you examples of similar cases they’ve handled.

2. Find Out How You Will Be Billed

attorneyDifferent attorneys bill their clients in different ways. Some charge by the hour, some by the case, while still others may charge a flat fee for certain services. You may be asked to provide a retainer, which functions as a sort of down payment toward an attorney’s services. Make sure you find out what to expect in terms of fees during your first visit and when you’ll be charged.

3. Ask About The Time Frame

For your own benefit, ask your lawyer how long you should expect your case to take. Again, your attorney’s experience will come into play, and their background should help them give you at least some idea of the time frame to expect.

4. Ask What You Need To Do To Help

To build your case, your attorney may ask you to gather certain information: documents, contacts, or anything else that might be useful as evidence. Your attorney should have a clear idea of what you need to provide and when. Don’t leave the lawyer’s office without a solid plan for how to provide your attorney with what they will need in order to best help you.

If you are seeking an attorney in the Bronx, call Stephen B. Kaufman, P.C. at (718) 822-0500 or contact the law office via their website. The firm handles estate law and real estate in addition to personal injury cases, so if you have questions relating to legal issues in either of these areas, Attorney Kaufman can provide the answers.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Stephen B. Kaufman, P.C.
3 Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid, Bronx, New York
Estate planning plays an important role in every adult’s life. A well-crafted and carefully managed plan will ensure your wishes are fulfilled in the event of incapacitation or death...read more
Why Doctor’s Appointments Are Crucial to Personal Injury Cases, Bronx, New York
If you’re not experiencing any sharp, shooting pains, you might want to simply stay home and rest after a personal injury. However, seeing a doctor could significantly improve the ou...read more
3 Steps to Take Before Meeting With Your Personal Injury Attorney, Bronx, New York
If you were recently hurt in an accident due to the recklessness or negligence of another person, you might be looking for ways to take legal action against them. Hiring a personal i...read more
3 Tips for Avoiding Sibling Conflict When Estate Planning, Bronx, New York
When you prepare a will or trust, your main goal is to leave something behind for loved ones. However, the division and distribution of a parent’s estate can sometimes generate confl...read more
3 Signs a Senior Loved One Is Being Financially Abused, Bronx, New York
If you have a senior loved one in your life, it’s crucial to learn about the signs of financial abuse. This unfortunate occurrence refers to situations in which vulnerable, elderly i...read more