Initial Consultation

Attorney in Kalamazoo; Attorney in Grand Rapids; Attorney in Livonia (Metro-Detroit)

Initial Consultation

Attorney in Kalamazoo; Attorney in Grand Rapids; Attorney in Livonia (Metro-Detroit)

Initial consultations are free. Initial consultations allow lawyers to learn more about the legal matter, and plan a course of action. Thorough case assessments help clients make informed decisions; they help clients understand their rights, consider the attorneys’ recommendations, and plan a course of action. The lawyer will likely cover the following areas:

Facts and Surrounding Circumstances. The lawyer will want to learn more about the surrounding facts and circumstances of your legal matter. A good lawyer will spend a significant amount of time listening and asking questions. For litigation, the lawyer will likely ask you to describe what happened in your own words, perhaps asking you to elaborate in certain areas. For business transactions or estate planning, the lawyer will start with basic fact gathering; for example, in estate planning, the lawyer will ask for information pertaining to the family tree along with related assets, relationships, and interests. For business transactions, the lawyer will ask questions pertaining to the partners, members, shareholders, assets, holdings, relevant contracts, and equity positions, thereby working to understand the “lay of the land” for your transaction or agreement.

Discussion/Questions. After the facts have been explored, and the “lay of the land” has been covered, the lawyer may provide insight as to applicable law, suggestions/alternatives, and appropriate platforms for handling your matter. The lawyer will likely answer any questions about court room procedures, timelines, transactions, drafting, provisions, distributions, and other related issues. In addition, sometimes the lawyer will provide some insight as to the challenges and or strengths of your case, or issues related to your transaction/matter.

Fees. The initial consultation is free. The lawyer will explain how fees will be addressed if the client/lawyer would like to work together on the case, transaction, or matter.

For more information, or to schedule your initial consultation, please contact us and send a short summary of your legal matter.

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