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Do Your Homework Before Meeting With a Lawyer

Do Your Homework Before Meeting With a Lawyer

No matter the type of your potential case, preparing a few items in advance of your meeting with a lawyer is usually very helpful.

1.  Chronology

Write a detailed version of your case story in time order – typically we refer to this as a chronology. Whereas when you telephone an attorney’s office and typically provide a brief summary version of the potential case, the chronology is an opportunity to document all the details.  Don’t just summarize meetings, conversations, etc. – be very specific and detailed in your account of the story and what happened. Because most of us like to read a story from start to finish – usually writing the chronology in time order is preferred

2.  Witness List

Separate from the chronology, take another piece of paper and write down the names of all persons who know something about your potential case. Do not talk to any of these people, but do also include contact information that you possess for them, who these people are, and what you think they know.

3.  All documents

Collect all documents in your possession and bring them to the meeting. Do not talk to other persons in gathering the documents.  Just collect the papers you already have in your possession. Don’t worry about the documents you don’t have; just concern yourself with the documents you do have.

4.  Medical Records

If your potential case involves injuries or medical issues, bring to the meeting any medical records in your possession. Sometimes obtaining such medical records can take time, so plan ahead and don’t necessarily expect you can just walk into a doctor’s office and expect to immediately receive your records.

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Guest - Callie Marie (website) on Tuesday, 29 January 2019 21:43

It is great advice to write out your story in chronological order to help you stay organized. I can only assume that legal proceedings can cause stress, and that can cloud your thoughts. Making sure you have everything organized before speaking with anyone makes a lot of sense.

It is great advice to write out your story in chronological order to help you stay organized. I can only assume that legal proceedings can cause stress, and that can cloud your thoughts. Making sure you have everything organized before speaking with anyone makes a lot of sense.
Guest - Gregory Mitchell (website) on Friday, 17 May 2019 10:44

Thanks for great advice.. I am also attorney and Chronology will really help to understood the case in detail.. I would like to share it on my attorney group..

Thanks for great advice.. I am also attorney and Chronology will really help to understood the case in detail.. I would like to share it on my attorney group..
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