What should you expect from a lawyer BEFORE you make an appointment for a consultation?

Before you make an appointment with any lawyer, you should ask them to send you their package of written information, which should include the following:

1. A sample fee agreement.

2. A listing of sample verdicts, settlements and testimonials from former clients.

3. A full written explanation of the steps involved in a personal injury lawsuit.

4. A written assurance that they carry errors and omissions ("malpractice") insurance in the amount of at least $100,000 (you’d probably be surprised to see how many lawyers carry NO insurance.) Ask for this representation in writing.

5. A full explanation of fees and costs, the difference between the two, and how the percentage fee is calculated.