Before an attorney takes up your case, a client-attorney interview will take place. This is the very first step towards building a solid client-attorney relationship. At this stage, both parties are trying to see if this will be the right fit for the particular case. A client will look for if the attorney has experience dealing with particular cases and an attorney will try to get as much as information possible related to the case.
During the interview, you must remember that it is a conversation and both parties’ goal is to develop an open, trusting relationship. Active listening would be crucial to this process. If you want to know more about what to expect or want a fair idea of the questions your attorney may ask you during the interview, please keep on reading.
Before the interview is to be conducted, the attorney/firm has a pre-screening process to understand if you would be the best fit for the firm. They will also check for any conflict of interest that may arise.
In this article, we will have a look at some questions lawyers ask their potential clients during the first round of interviews.
Common questions Attorney ask in Attorney-Client Interview
1] Could you explain more about the problem you’re having with X?
While the attorneys will have a general idea of your situation, this is the client’s opportunity to explain what the issue is. Don’t be afraid to respond to what they say. It’s fine if you’re a little hazy or unclear due to nerves; the attorney will walk you through the process and follow up for further information.
2] Could you explain why you’re interested in this topic?
This is your time to explain why you’re looking into something, how serious you are about it, and how you feel about it. Share your thoughts and views regarding the case/incident without fear of being judged.
3] What is it that you are most worried about?
As an experienced lawyer, you may choose to concentrate on specific aspects of a case. However, during the lawyer-client interview, you might learn about the potential client’s main issues. This might be a result of the litigation or the expense of legal services. Knowing this will enable you to proceed most beneficially for your customer.
4] What is your case’s objective?
While you may have preconceived notions about how you want to approach a case, it’s critical to define what outcome your potential client is looking for.
5] Have you ever dealt with a lawyer? Have you already collaborated with another attorney on this case? If you’ve worked with another lawyer before (on this or another topic), you may describe how things went and give specifics about the case. As a result, your lawyer will have a better understanding of your expectations of them. This question also informs them of your familiarity (or lack thereof) with the judicial process and its procedures. In addition, if you’ve previously worked with another counsel on this case, they’ll want to know why you’re now going to them.