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​​8 Things to know about a Free Lawyer Consultation

By Matt Lalande in Hamilton Law Firm, Hamilton Lawyer on February 19, 2023

​​8 Things to know about a Free Lawyer Consultation

For those needing the legal expertise of a lawyer, obtaining a free consultation great opportunity to learn more about the legal assistance and services that may be available to you and your particular situation. Whether you’ve been involved in a car accident, motorcycle accident, slip and fall, trucking accident or you’ve been denied long-term disability – speaking to a lawyer about your legal issue can help you decide both wether or not your case is viable enough to claim compensation and whether or not the lawyer you meet is actually the right fit for you.

Our Hamilton personal injury lawyers know and understand that for many, meeting a lawyer for the first time can be a daunting experience. But rest assured, our lawyers are here to listen to you, and if we can, help make your situation better. If you are nervous about legal fees – don’t be. All of our consultations are 100% free and even better – we will take as much time as you need to listen to you and make sure that at the end of the free consultation, you are fully aware or both your legal rights and your options.

If you have suffered a serious injury or have been denied long-term disability, it’s important that you contact our Hamilton Personal Injury and Disability Lawyers as soon as possible for your free consultation. Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers can provide the help. We are highly experienced in all areas of personal injury and disability law and can provide professional advice and representation to ensure the compensation that you are entitled to. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a free consultation with our firm. Call us today no matter where you are in Ontario at 1-844-LALANDE or local in the Hamilton / Burlington area at 905-333-8888 or fill in a contact form on our website and we will be happy to get right back to you.

What happens during a free pesonal injury lawyer consultation?

Meeting a personal injury lawyer for the first time can be intimidating, but it’s important to remember that they are there to help you. During your initial meeting with your injury lawyer, you will talk about your case and give them an overview of what is going on. This is your opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns you might have about your situation and legal fees. It will also give the lawyer a chance to provide guidance on how best to proceed with your situation. Remember, during your first meeting with your personal injury lawyer, it is important that you provide as much information as possible.

This free consultation session will be used to discuss the details of your case and help identify the best strategy to proceed. Your personal injury lawyers should take as long as you need to answer any questions that you have concerning how you were hurt and discuss your pre-and post-accident clinical health and function. This free consultation gives your lawyer an opportunity to gather more specific details and understand your situation so that they can make the best recommendations on how to approach the case. More importantly, it gives you a chance to meet the lawyer that will be representing you in court and throughout your legal proceedings. Before deciding whether to commit additional financial resources to your case, free consultation sessions offer the chance to get a better sense of how the lawyer works.

8 things to know about a free lawyer consultation

Many law firms offer their first consultations free of charge, including Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers. This no-fee, no-obligations first consultation is a great way for clients to meet the lawyers who will be representing them and to get an understanding of their legal situation. With the right preparation, you can maximize these free consultations to get the most value out of them. Our Personal Injury and Disability Lawyers regularly meet clients at our office, in their homes, in a rehabilitation Centre or in the hospital. We are also available to meet with clients by telephone, Zoom or other platforms. We make it easy for clients to meet with us and discuss their legal matters in a comfortable setting – no matter where we are. Before you meet with a Hamilton lawyer, consider the following 8 points:

1. Make sure the consultation is actually free

Free consultations should be totally free of charge and free of obligations, so make sure that you understand the terms and conditions of your free consultation before committing. Your “free consultation” may require you to commit to paying a fee or making a retainer, which should never be the case, if the consultation is in fact free. When contacting the law firm to schedule your free consultation, make a point to confirm specifically that there will be no charge associated with the meeting. When the Hamilton law firm says “free” it should be free and nothing else.

2. Make sure to bring all notes and records with you

You want to take advantage of all the time you have when meeting your personal injury lawyer for the first time. You don’t want to waste time during your free consultation trying to remember all the details of the incident, so make sure that you bring any notes, bullet points, records, incident report or police report that you have regarding the case. You are also free to bring any medical records or financial records related to your case, statements from witnesses, and photos of the accident scene or anything else that might be relevant to your situation. Clearly label and organize your documents to make sure that the lawyer can easily access all of the information, whether they’re hard or soft copies.

3. Bring a summary of all your medical providers

This is very important. If you can, make a list of all of your medical providers such as your doctors, specialists, rehabilitation clinics, walk-in clinics, hospitals you attended, labs, imaging clinics, therapists, psychotherapists, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and the location where you buy your medications. In personal injury law, the medical information is one of the most important pieces to a successful case and your personal injury lawyer will definitely want to get as much detail as they can about your case, or at the very least know that you have the documentation to provide them at a later date. Although there may be a lot of medical terminology that you yourself do not fully understand, ensure that you’ve reviewed your doctor’s notes so that you’re at least able to know where to reference when describing your physical condition to your lawyer.

4. Come with a list of questions

Although personal injury lawyers aim to be a resource for you and certainly do not expect clients to understand personal injury law, doing preliminary research about your situation and any local situations that might be similar to your case is the responsible thing to do. It prepares you for the legal discussion that’s likely to take place at your free consultation with your lawyer, and allows the discussion to stay focused on how best to move your case forward. The preparation that it takes to understand your situation well enough to create well formed questions also gives you the knowledge base to be able to communicate clearly with your lawyer.

5. Get a clear understanding of how you will be paying your Hamilton lawyers

It is important that you get a clear understanding of the lawyer’s fees and how they will be paid. This could be in the form of flat fees, contingency fees or hourly rates. Make sure to get your retainer with your Hamilton lawyers specifically outlines the services rendered and how you will pay the firm for their services. Many personal injury law firms such as Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers will to represent clients on a contingency fee basis, meaning that the lawyer only gets paid if you win your case. Contingency fees are a type of fee structure where a lawyer is paid for their services in a personal injury or other civil litigation matter only after a successful outcome is achieved. This means that if the client does not win their case, the lawyer does not get paid for their services.

6. Take notes so that you can ask questions later

It is important to use the time during your free consultation wisely and take detailed notes (or have a family member do so) if you are able. Keep a notepad or your phone nearby so you can easily jot down any important details that come up during the conversation. This way, even after the free consultation is over, you can refer to your notes and ask more questions or further clarify any points that were made during the free consultation. With our Hamilton Personal Injury Lawyers – we will always invite clients to call back and ask follow up quesitons if they are able to.

7. Make sure you understand your contingency fee agreement

Ask your Hamilton Personal Injury Lawyer everything and anything you need in regard to your contingency fee agreement – it is important that you understand exactly how you will be paying your legal fees, disbursements and also – that you understand cost insurance. Most people do not have a legal background so reading documents like a contingency retainer can be a little complex to understand. However, in order to make sure that you’re making the right decision with all of your legal documentation, make sure that you go through the contingency retainer line by line with your free consultation lawyer to ensure full understanding. This will allow you to make an informed decision about the service that you are receiving and the payment arrangements that you will be agreeing to.

8. Ask your Hamilton lawyer how often you will be updated on your case

A free consultations are a great opportunity to ask your lawyer when you can expect to receive updates about the status of your case, as well as how often they plan to communicate with you. Will you be updated by a law clerk? Your lawyer? A paralegal? Understanding the communication styles of your free consultation lawyer can help ensure that your free consultation isn’t just a one-time event, and that your free consultation lawyer is interested in actively helping you reach a successful outcome.

What are some questions that you should ask during your free consultation?

Asking questions to your lawyer at your free lawyer consultation is one of the best ways to make sure that you get the most out of your free consultation. When it comes to personal injury law, some of the most important questions to ask revolve around your legal relationship with your lawyer, payment arrangements, and the process for handling your case. If you’re still unsure of what to ask your lawyer at your free consultation, here are some questions that you should consider asking some fo the following:

1. What is your experience in handling cases similar to mine?

2. How long do you expect my case might take before reaching a resolution?

3. Do you think my case will go to trial, or can it be settled out of court?

4. What are the costs associated with taking my case to trial, if necessary?

5. Are there any options for free legal advice or free resources I can use during the process?

6. Will I need to appear in court, or can you represent me on my behalf?

7. What kind of timeline do you recommend for filing all necessary paperwork and submissions?

8. Are there any deadlines that I should be aware of that could affect my case?

9. Are there any risks associated with proceeding with a free lawyer consultation?

10. What is my case worth?

This list provides starters for questions to ask during a free lawyer consultation at with your Hamilton Personal Injury Lawyer. However, it’s important to ensure that all your needs are met and expectations are clearly outlined before proceeding further with legal advice. It’s also important to remember that free consultations do not guarantee success; rather they provide an opportunity to gain clarity on the process and options available to you in order to make an informed decision about how best to proceed. With this in mind, always be sure to choose an experienced personal injury lawyer that you trust to fight your case.

Remember, free consultations are a great opportunity for both the lawyer and the client to get to know each other, ask questions and understand what is necessary in order to proceed confidently with a legal claim. Taking advantage of free consultations can save time, frustration and money down the road – so don’t miss out on this valuable resource.

With Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers, consultations are Always Free.

Personal injury cases are complicated and require legal expertise that free consultations can provide. Before you make a decision, take advantage of free consultation offers from Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers to get free legal advice and work out your best approach. A free lawyer consultation can be a great way to get started on the right foot, as it will provide you with a better understanding of your legal rights and options. Our free consultations are 100% free; in fact, our legal services are paid on contingency, meaning that you don’t have to pay out of pocket for legal expenses until your case is successful.

If you’re in Hamilton or the surrounding area, Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers are offering free consultation services to those who have suffered a personal injury. Take advantage of their free lawyer consultations and get the legal advice you need. With free lawyer consultations, you can get an overview of the complexities of personal injury cases, create a plan for the best approach to your situation, and understand the process and costs associated with your case. Get free legal advice from Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers today and start on the path to successful resolution of your personal injury case.

Since 2003, Hamilton Lawyer Matt Lalande has recovered tens of millions in compensation forpersonal injury and disability claimants who are were going to the worst times of their lives. Stop struggling with a faceless insurance companies – and call our Hamilton Injury and disability lawyers to get your free consultation today.

We represent clients all over Ontario – and our disability lawyers can help you get the compensation deserve you you. Our consultations are 100% free – and if you decide to work with our Hamilton disability lawyers, the fee is free. We do not charge our clients anything unless we win their case. We are happy to provide you the legal advice you need in order for you to make an informed decision about your own particular situation. Call us no matter where you are in Ontario at 1-844-LALANDE or local in the Southern Ontario region at 905-333-8888. Alternatively, you can send us a confidential email through our website – and we would be happy to explain your personal injury or long-term disability rights and legal options to you, at no cost.

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5 FAQ Summary

What are free lawyer consultations?

Free lawyer consultations provide free legal advice from Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers to individuals who have suffered a personal injury. During the free consultation, you can discuss your case and get an overview of what the process for resolving it would look like.

What should I expect at a consultation with a personal injury lawyer?

During your free consultation, you can expect to receive free legal advice on how to proceed with your case and make an informed decision about how best to handle it. Your free lawyer consultation is also an opportunity to ask questions and better understand the process of filing a personal injury claim.

How long do lawyer consultations usually last?

Generally, free consultations will last between 45 minutes to an hour but we will take as long as you need. It is important to be prepared with questions and any relevant documents in order to make the most of your free lawyer consultation

What information should I bring to my free personal injury consultation?

Bring any relevant documentation, such as your medical records or police reports, that you think may help your free lawyer consultation. Additionally, you should also come prepared with any questions or concerns that you would like addressed during the free consultation.

What can I expect from working with Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers?

At Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers, we are here to help you get the legal advice and representation needed for successful resolution of your personal injury case. We have years of experience handling various personal injury cases and are dedicated to providing quality service to every client.



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