If you're on the verge of entering into a lawsuit, chances are you have already contacted a civil litigation attorney. Because your lawyer will be your legal counsel before, during, and after your suit, you will need to provide your attorney with information that will better help them aid you to reach the most beneficial outcome. So before you meet with your litigation attorney, remember to be prepared with the following:
Any Documents Pertaining to Your Case
It might seem obvious that you will need to bring any documents—legal and otherwise—that have to do with your case. These documents can include legal reports like a police report, documents like property examination, physical and mental health documents, or any written forms that pertain to your specific case. Your attorney will help you prepare these documents so that you may start the discovery process of your civil litigation case.
Written Record of Your Claim
When you sit down to meet with your attorney, you will need to recount your side of the story. Often,the opposing parties involved in a civil litigation suit have different accounts of the initial complaint that spurred the lawsuit. Your attorney needs your story, and they will most likely need it in writing.
So before you meet with your lawyer, be sure to write down any dates and times and include any photos that might be relevant to your case, as well as any other record of your claim. The more accurate your account is, the better able your lawyer can use it to help you resolve your case.
Your Legal Aid Certificate
Sometimes finances limit what you can do to start the litigation process, and a legal aid certificate is something you'll want to bring with you if you have been approved for one. This legal paperwork is a certificate that—depending upon your eligibility—will provide written and legal agreement stating that your private practice attorney will be paid for their services.
Any Questions You May Have
Before heading to your attorney's office, write down any questions you feel might arise when discussing your case. Questions such as the length of time for your case, how certain laws affect your case, and legal choices available to you are important to add to the list of questions you will want to ask your lawyer. Questions about your attorney office's practices and principles and questions about payment options and fees should definitely be included on your list as well.