First Time Lawyer Consultations: What You Need To Know

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There are many occasions when a person might need the services of a lawyer and as we don’t normally deal with legal matters, it can seem a little daunting, especially if it is your first time talking to a legal professional. We all know that such professionals charge for the time they spend on your case, but that doesn’t mean they hit the stopwatch as soon as they meet with the client, indeed most will offer a free initial consultation, which might be over Zoom.

Free Initial Consultation

A large percentage of litigation lawyers are happy to spend 30 minutes of their time discussing your situation and whether this leads to you hiring them or not, that first meeting is free and without obligation. This enables you to get some free advice and for the lawyer to gain a clear understanding of your situation and if you feel you would like to hire the lawyer, this would be the next step.

Litigation

In the event you wish to claim compensation and the lawyer thinks you have a strong case, they may offer to represent you on a ‘no win-no pay’ basis. This is part of the many legal services in Thailand and even in other countries, and it eliminates the risk of losing the case and having a huge legal bill to pay, which is the last thing you want to happen. Of course, a lawyer will only offer this if they feel you have a very strong case, plus they have the motivation to do their best to achieve a favourable outcome.

Gathering Information

This is the primary objective for the lawyer – to find out as much as they need to about the situation in order to offer a professional opinion. For the client, it is an opportunity to discover their legal options and then they are able to make an informed decision. When it comes to legal matters, you should never take any action without first seeking legal advice.

Free Professional Legal Advice

When you have an initial conversation with a lawyer, you are, in effect, receiving free legal advice; the lawyer might advise you against litigation, in which case, you won’t be charged at all. If, on the other hand, the lawyer thinks you do have a strong case, they would probably offer to represent you on a no win-no fee basis.

Clarify The Free Initial Consultation

It is always a good idea to clarify with the lawyer that the first virtual meeting is free and without obligation. No one wants to be told at the end of the consultation that they owe a couple of hundred dollars, so do make sure this is confirmed at the very outset.

Online Solutions

You can search with Google for lawyer near you and they would be happy to have in informal Zoom call to discuss things. It makes sense to prepare a few questions and take notes also if your memory is not so good and hopefully, the legal expert can provide you with the information you need and the matter can be resolved.

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