How to Prepare to Meet Your Lawyer for the First Time
We are on your side, and we want to help.
The single-most important thing to know about how to approach an Agee Clymer Mitchell and Portman plaintiff’s attorney for the first time is that we work on behalf of personal injury and wrongful death victims, for individuals unfairly denied disability and insurance benefits, and in the interest of retirees who are not receiving the payments they were promised.
We are your ally from the time you call (800) 678-3318 to schedule your initial consultation We can even arrange to meet you after regular business hours, on a weekend, or at your home or in the hospital if coming into our Columbus, OH, offices is too difficult for you.
So, do not worry about how you will be treated. Since we handle all manner of injury, death, insurance, retirement, and worker’s compensation cases, we know you have good reason to be leery of lawyers, legalese, paperwork, and meetings that feel like oral exams you have failed before hearing the first question.
We will treat you with the respect you deserve. We want to believe you. For your part, just be prepared to tell your story, provide documentation, and ask us questions.
Tell Your Story
More than anything else, your lawyer needs to know what happened and how you were harmed. Consider writing out a detailed description of the accident in which you got injured or lost a loved one. Doing that allows you to start from the beginning and fill in blanks regarding dates and names that could appear if you just started talking about the incident.
This “write-it-out” strategy works for all types of cases Agee Clymer Mitchell and Portman Ohio plaintiff’s attorneys take. For instance, your story concerning a Social Security disability claim could start from the date you took your most recent job, include a description of your injury or illness and what your health care providers have told you, and conclude with an accounting of the wages you have lost and the financial difficulties you have experienced since you stopped working.
As you tell your story, pull together all the documents that prove you are reporting the facts accurately. Collect them all in a file or large envelope, and make copies to hand to your lawyer.
Documents to keep and share include the following:
- Accident reports and notes from investigators
- Relevant insurance policies
- Letters from your employer and government agencies you have dealt with
- Notes from telephone conversations regarding your case
- Medical records
- Medical bills
- Pay stubs, benefits statements, and tax returns
Ask Us Questions
Our meeting will work best as a conversation, so get us talking. Essential questions to ask include:
- What laws and legal strategies apply to my situation?
- Do I need more evidence? How would that be collected?
- How long could reaching a satisfactory settlement or going to court with this claim take?
- Is there a statute of limitations to sue or appeal?
- Have you, as a lawyer, represented a client like me in the past? What happened?
Check Us Out
While you wait to meet us in person, check out our online profiles and a few Agee Clymer Mitchell and Portman case results.
In many ways, your first meeting with an Ohio plaintiff’s attorney works like a job interview that ends with you deciding whether to hire us. You should get to know us as well as possible even before we shake hands and sit down for your no-cost case consultation.