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Making the most of a free initial employment law consultation

Have you ever heard the phrase, "You get out of it what you put into it"? The shorthand rendition of this in the computer world is GIGO: garbage in, garbage out. These sayings have application in many areas of our lives. The legal realm is no exception.

If you take the time to dig deeper into our website, you will see that we offer free initial consultations to potential clients. We consider this important because we understand that when you have a legal question, your greatest need is information so that you can decide whether your case has merit, and what benefit there might be in pressing it.

The law is never simple. Even a seemingly minor traffic citation has consequences that individuals may not be aware of, and few probably have an inkling about legal strategies that could be used for protecting their rights. With issues involving individual employee rights, the implications are greater and the wisdom of consulting an experienced attorney is likewise increased.

If you are thinking about seeking an initial consultation with an attorney, here are some thoughts on how to a session as productive as possible.

Obviously, one key to a productive meeting is being able to get to the point. When you call to set up the consultation, ask what you should bring. Relevant information that will likely help includes:

  • An explanation of the harm you believe you have suffered
  • The name of your employer
  • The names of any other individuals involved in the case
  • What reasons the employer has given for taking the action
  • A statement of how you've been injured and what remedy you believe you are owed

Documents such as work evaluations, witness statements, and claims about similar treatment of others may be useful too.

It may not be possible at the initial consultation to get a determination about whether or not you have a potential case. But you can be confident that you have gotten things off to a productive start and that answers are coming.

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