Whitney and Schowalter Defense Attorneys

Initial Consultation

Some questions to ask and
helpful points to guide your decision


Some questions to ask during the initial consultation

  • What are the possible outcomes of my case?
  • What are my alternatives in resolving the matter?
  • Approximately how long will it take to resolve?
  • How will you let me know about what’s happening in my case?
  • What kind of approach will you take — tough and steadfast, or will you work to reach a reasonable disposition?
  • What are your rates and how often will you bill me?
  • What is a ballpark figure for the total bill, including fees and expenses?

Helpful points to decide if this is the right lawyer for you

  • Did the lawyer explain things I did not understand?
  • Did the lawyer listen to what is important to me and have a plan for how to address these issues?
  • Do I feel comfortable with this lawyer?
  • Do I feel like this lawyer will fight for me?
  • Do I feel like this lawyer will make me and my case a priority?
  • Do I feel like this lawyer will keep me informed?
  • Does this lawyer understand how important this case is to me?