How to Prepare for Legal Proceedings
Once you have met with an attorney, discussed your case, and signed paperwork for legal representation, your case will begin. Every situation is unique, so your journey may look a bit different than anyone else’s. Your attorney may start by sending the other party a demand letter, letting them know you are their client, and proposing compensation before filing a lawsuit. In other cases, your attorney may file a suit on your behalf right away. If your case does move forward, it is essential to know how to prepare.
You may be asked to attend a deposition, mediation, or even go to court for your case. It is paramount that you dress appropriately. Business-office attire is an excellent place to start. A collared shirt, slacks, skirt, and closed-toe shoes are ideal. Iron your clothing to look neat and put-together. Stay away from casual attire like jeans, shorts, or flip-flops. If you have a question about your outfit, you can always speak with your attorney before the meeting or court date.
Practice Good Grooming
When appearing in front of the other party or the judge, you will want to look sharp. If it has been a while since you have had your hair cut, make an appointment. The morning of your meeting or court date, shower, shave (if applicable), brush your hair, and perform proper dental hygiene.
No matter what stage you are in your case, punctuality is necessary. When you arrive early, this allows you time to speak with your attorney and discuss any changes or last-minute concerns. You will want to coordinate with your attorney beforehand to determine the best time to arrive at the office or the courthouse.
Speak Clearly and To the Point
If you have to answer questions during a legal proceeding, short and concise is a good rule of thumb. You and your attorney would likely have talked ahead of time about what may be asked. This will give you time to think and prepare how you can best communicate the facts of your case.
Listen to Your Attorney
An attorney is ethically obligated to look out for your best interest. When they provide you with advice, it is vital that you take it to heart. It is always ok to ask for clarification or more information if you don’t understand something they are telling you. Always know, they are on your side, fighting on your behalf.
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