Talking to lawyers is quite a daunting task. You may worry about what to say. Why? Most of them are really busy so you need to be straightforward when dealing with them. Aside from that, you may think about how to say things. You don’t want to make a fool out of yourself. You feel that you really need to be more prepared. Here are some suggestions on how you can talk to a lawyer effortlessly:
- Consider your agenda. Why do you have to meet the lawyer in the first place? You should be able to organize your talking points. How do you do it efficiently? Start with an outline. Put some details whenever necessary. You should be able to relay the important facts in your agenda. Are you meeting the lawyer to seek legal advice on a criminal charge? You need to provide the circumstances involved, from the dates to the people involved. You agenda should permit you to retell the story the lawyer, giving him the advantage of seeing the whole picture of our case.
- Less talk, less mistake. Listen to the lawyer’s questions. If it is answerable by a “yes” or a “no”, just say “yes” or “no”. If you are asked to explain further, elaborate without beating around the bush. Stick to the relevant points. If you don’t understand the question, say so. You don’t want to say something and then, what you said had nothing to do about the question. It’s undeniably a waste of time and may force the lawyer to remind you to be direct. Since the lawyer’s time is precious, you can’t afford to get off tangents.
- Honesty is the best policy. Be truthful with the lawyer. State facts as they happened. Everything you say is going to matter in the case. In sharing or telling the story, don’t attempt to make yourself appear better and the other party, bad. Since you are getting the lawyer to be in your side, you owe him the “real” story. Don’t even consider coloring the circumstances or leaving our significant details. Doing those things may only end up hurting or damaging you chances of winning the case.
- Be more professional in your actuations. Create a good impression by coming prepared. Do you need to show some documents? Do you have to bring some evidence? Are there some photos, videos, or reports that you should furnish? Make them available on the first meeting. They may play significant roles in letting the lawyer fairly assess the case.
Meeting a lawyer always requires an appointment. More or less, you have an idea how much time you have. If you feel that you need to talk to him a bit longer, request for a longer time. You can’t expect him to stick around or stay a bit if you were only set to meet him for an hour. Also, if you asked to meet him for two hours, maximize his presence. Be considerate. Value his time.