Q: What should you do prior to consulting with a lawyer?
A: Whether you are an injured party or someone who is potentially liable for an accident, the first thing to do is gather as much information and evidence as possible. This means photos, witness names, documents, contact information, etc..Try and get as much information as you can in order to present your case in a well organized fashion to a lawyer.
Q: When should you speak to a lawyer?
A: As soon as possible. To avoid any unforeseen issues and limitation dates, you should seek proper legal advice as soon as possible. You should always speak to a lawyer before providing any written statements.
Q: How much will it cost to speak to a lawyer?
A: Typically nothing. Most lawyers will offer a free consultation. There, they will gather information from you and provide you with initial advice. They will give you an assessment of the strength of your claim.
Q: What if you cannot afford to retain a lawyer?
A: Various issues, most notably personal injury, can be litigated on a retainer basis. This means that you do not typically have to pay the lawyer until your case is settled. Otherwise, please contact me, and I may be able to point you in the right direction.