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Should I Use a Lawyer Who Doesn’t Offer Free Consultations? | Nickelsporn & Lundin, P.C.
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Q:
Why do some lawyers offer free consultations and others don’t? Are the attorneys that don’t provide free consultations better than the lawyers who do?

A:

If you are in the middle of researching lawyers following an auto accident injury, you may be confused about why some attorneys offer free consultations and others don’t. Typically, most personal injury lawyers offer free initial consultations; however, there are some attorneys who don’t provide this service to the public.

While it might appear to you that an attorney who doesn’t offer a free initial consultation is somehow more desirable than a lawyer who does offer potential clients free consultations, this isn’t always the case. Another misconception is that lawyers who charge for consultations are more qualified or more successful than attorneys who don’t charge for initial consultations, but, again, this isn’t the case and is in fact a falsehood.

There could be several reasons why an attorney would charge for an initial meeting, none of which are signs that this is the attorney you want to handle your case. Some reasons may be:

  1. To appear to potential clients to be in high demand.
  2. To collect as much money as possible; however, lawyers who charge for initial consultations may charge more all the way around.
  3. Because he lacks the staff to help him answer phone calls and set up meetings.

Lawyers who offer free initial consultations are providing a wonderful service to the public, and it is a great way to find out about the attorney’s past wins and case results. Do yourself a favor and meet with several attorneys who offer free consultations to ask questions, learn about your rights, and get to know who would be the right fit for you and your case.

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