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By John Kristensen of Kristensen, LLP posted in Other on Friday, August 17, 2018.
Seeing An Attorney Shouldn’t Be Intimidating

The decision to meet with an attorney can seem like a scary one. After all, if you are considering this course of action it’s most likely due to an unpleasant experience, such as personal injury. Getting hurt, especially when you’re not at fault, is incredibly jarring – it can come with physical pain and treatments, emotional anxiety, as well as shake your ability to feel safe in everyday situations – something everyone deserves to be able to do. Then there’s the matter of deciding to meet with legal counsel – something you maybe never expected to have to do.

Simply contemplating this decision can spur a number of questions, many are often rooted in self-doubt:

  • Am I just over-reacting?
  • Will this be worth the trouble?
  • Can I afford it?

If you’ve had an experience that’s leading you to consider hiring legal aid – you’re almost certainly not over-reacting, and it’s always worth a first meeting just to learn more about the options available to you. Remember, a first meeting is just that – a meeting. You’re under no obligation to hire that attorney, or pursue legal action at all – you can think of it as a much more casual introduction, and get a feel for how you may want to handle the situation moving forward. After all, more information will make you feel more confident in your choices, even if you end up deciding not to continue with a lawsuit.

Many people find themselves worried about the time and energy investment that may be involved with hiring an attorney. Remember, your attorney is a professional hired by you to represent you – they aren’t there to create problems, they’re there to solve them so you can put your mind at ease and seek the closure you deserve. Once you move forward with a meeting, you’ll have a much better idea about what may be involved on your end, and you can express any concerns you may have – you’ll feel better once you have clear expectations on how the process might unfold, and then can make an informed decision on what’s best for you.

Often time when someone is hurt, the reality is they can’t afford not to meet with a legal professional. Medical bills can add up quickly, your ability to earn a living may be impacted – even months or years down the line, not to mention any ongoing treatments or changes to your lifestyle that an accident can impact. The nature of your needs will inform how compensation works, and it’s possible you’ll have few or no out-of-pocket expenses. Realistically, you won’t know what your options are unless you ask, and if it’s determined you’re owed a settlement for your injuries, you’ll be thankful you made the call.

It’s easy to become intimidated by an unfamiliar process, especially one that is needed unexpectedly. Remember, there’s no harm in setting up an initial meeting just to get a feel for the situation, and it’s much more likely you’ll feel more calm and confident once you have an experienced professional representing you and your best interests.