Preparing To Meet with The Labour Lawyer

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Finding the ideal employment lawyer can make of break the success of your case. Having a successful first meeting with the attorney is equally important. It’s up to you to give the lawyer all the necessary information that will quickly get them on terms with the case. That said, here are a few tips that will help you prepare for the first meeting with a labour lawyer that will make good use of their time and your money. Also don’t forget to check-out for another useful guide.

First and foremost, the lawyer should have all the relevant details of your contact information. As such, ensure you give the attorney your address, phone number, email, fax number and any other means of reaching to you.

Secondly, you’ll want to create a list of all the things that you want the attorney to help you achieve. This will help keep the discussion to the point. A clearly defined problem is easy to defend, and the employment lawyer will certainly appreciate you taking the case seriously. Here are some of the typical goals to include in your list:

To get the contract Reviewed:

What are the main areas of concern?

How have other clients in the past addressed similar issues?

How is the other party most likely to respond?

Discuss with the lawyer a strategy for stopping discrimination, harassment or for negotiating an employment agreement.

Analyze legal claims or if a lawsuit is viable

Due to the nature of employment suits, there’s a need to create a summary of the facts that led to your decision of consulting a lawyer. These facts should include the date of hire, background information such as your performance evaluations, promotions, achievements, when the dispute began, names of the employer and anyone else involved in the dispute, the nature of the conflict as well as the current status of the dispute. Pay close attention to the dates.
Also, it is important to bring along all documents related to the case. It’s usually a good idea to organize the documents properly and logically before meeting with the labour lawyer so that they can be assessed as needed. Some of the important documents to include are:

  • Employee Handbook
  • Employee agreement
  • Performance evaluations
  • Benefit plans
  • Severance agreement
  • Non-competition agreement
  • Witness statements

Last but not least, it is important to think about the possible conflicts of interest before meeting the lawyer. This will save you the money and your lawyer time if these issues are fleshed out from the beginning. If a possible conflict of interest within the case make it hard for the attorney to represent you, consider finding another labour lawyer. You deserve the best representation possible, and so, you will want the best person for the job. Choose wisely and have the above-mentioned things in place for a smooth experience.

If possible, look for a lawyer located in your town and has been in employment law for long enough to fight for your case in the best manner. Remember, the lawyer you choose can be the difference between a successful case and a disaster.

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