What you should achieve at your first interview with a lawyer

Before your first meeting with a lawyer, the very best advice we can give you is to be prepared.

Spend time before the meeting gathering all of the relevant documents, setting out your objectives, summarising your expenses and listing the outcomes you would expect.

If you arrive at the meeting with the above information, the lawyer would spend less time trying to find out the facts of your matter from you and more time evaluating your case during the meeting. This is also a cost-effective way of utilising your time with a lawyer.

At HLS, the first hour of your consultation is free, so do your homework before a meeting with one of our lawyers!


You’ve arrived organised – now here’s what you may expect.

With all your documents organised and ready for us to review, we may advise you of your options. As we have not had to spend the majority of your free consultation sorting and interviewing you about your matter, we would have more time to discuss the real issues, to give you legal advice, to advise you on your options, to advise you on our proposed plan of action, to advise on legal costs and to answer your questions.

In short, if you prepare, you may expect to receive a lot more value from your initial consultation. This alone, is a huge relief to many clients.


Don’t have the time to attend at our office for a conference in person? Not a problem!

If you are unable to come to us, you may email us your documents and we may correspond with you via email. You still get one hour of our time, free, for us to read and evaluate your case. Our email address is – admin@hls.net.au.


This article provides information that is general in nature and is not a substitute for legal advice.