The main goal of the initial consultation is to determine whether you and Rob are a good fit. Rob currently specializes in representing small businesses and people facing everyday civil issues.
Both you and Rob will want to evaluate several things during your first meeting. To best evaluate these areas, be prepared to give Rob as much information as you can about your case. Provide him with all relevant names, dates, documents, and anything else that will be helpful in understanding your problem.
During this initial consultation, please remember that you are not yet Rob’s client. Initial consultations are a lot like first dates. They can be very informative, each party gets a better sense of the other, and that information helps both parties to decide whether they want to proceed with the attorney-client relationship, which will be recorded in a fee agreement.
Below is a list of things, in addition to the standard fact-finding, likely to arise at an initial consultation.
The Strengths and Weaknesses of Your Case
This is something that most clients want to know at an initial consultation. Although Rob will be unable to evaluate definitively the strength of your case, he will be able to provide you with information about what common problems may arise. He can also give you some information about what risks you may face while pursuing your claim.
Outcomes of Similar Cases
This is another topic that clients want to know about during initial consultations. Because it is hard to predict how your case will turn out so early in a representation, Rob will not tell you what you should expect from this representation. He can give you an idea of how similar cases have been resolved. Please remember that these examples are not meant to provide you with a promise of how your case will go. Rather, they should simply serve a range of outcomes in which your case may fall.
The Costs of Pursuing Your Case
Again, because no two representations are the same, Rob will not be able to tell you exactly how much your case will cost. He can provide you information about his fee arrangement and what other, similar cases have cost his clients. Beyond that, the costs of his representation will depend on how much time it reasonably takes him to represent your case effectively.
How Long Should Your Case Take?
This can vary greatly from case to case. Rob will provide you with the applicable statute of limitations and what deadlines you will need to follow. The length of a case depends as much on your opponent as on you. Rob can, however, give you a general idea of how long similar cases have taken in the past.
What if You and Rob Are not a Match?
If you and Rob are not a match for whatever reason, but he thinks you do have a case, then he will suggest some names, culled from decades practicing in and around Chicago, who can help you. Rob prides himself in ensuring that potential clients feel better about their issues after they meet with him, even if that includes passing you on to an attorney better suited to your needs.