At Bulman, Jones & Cook, we know that finding the right attorney to represent you is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why we offer free consultations to walk you through your needs, the scope of your goals, and your budget.
Over the course of thousands of client interviews, we have honed and refined our consultation process to maximize the benefits to our clients. Virtually every consultation (whether via telephone or in-person) follows the same 4-step process, which takes about 30-60 minutes depending on the complexity of the case. We can, however, adapt to any situation. Rest assured, regardless of the circumstances, we will walk you through the process step by step so you know exactly what to expect.
The first step in the process is to gather some personal and identifying information about you. There are three main reasons to collect this information:
It is important that we have clear and direct lines of contact and communication so things like email, address, and phone number are essential.
Bulman, Jones & Cook requires that we collect basic information about our clients.
Perhaps most importantly, we want to understand you better so we can better help you.
Although some people are understandably concerned about revealing personal information to anyone, rest assured anything you say is confidential and held to the highest privacy standards.
The second step in the process is a careful review of all your documents (and anything else you might want to show us that may impact your case). It is important to review all relevant documents in detail to ensure we know (and you know) what they say.
There may be other documents that you might bring along with you, that are important to review. It is important to note that this process is not a substitute for a careful and thorough review of disclosure, which is the extensive information package collected during the preparation of your case. A detailed review of disclosure occurs subsequent to the initial consultation and is part of the second stage comprehensive investigation of the case.
The third step in the process is to fully understand what happened through your eyes. Whenever possible, and if you haven’t already done so, we will try to distill your storyline to writing. Generally, we want to understand the background and lead up to your seeking legal representation. It’s important to understand what transpired leading up to you contacting us.
Next, we want to understand what actually happened. That is, what were the step-by-step words and actions taken by everyone involved. Think of it almost like a script to a movie; the more detail, the better.
Finally, it is important to understand what happened after. Was there further contact with the respondent? Were the police involved? Has any new information come to light since the incident?
This part of the process typically takes the longest to go through during a consultation. Sometimes the case is more complex than what can possibly be covered during a 1-hour consultation. In such circumstances, we may want to schedule a follow-up meeting or ask you to provide further information in due time. To maximize our chances of getting through everything, we would encourage you to write/type out everything you can think of related to the incident so we can focus on filling the gaps, rather than writing everything for the first time.
The fourth step is explaining what’s next, and what we can do to help. We understand that for most people, this is the first time having any contact with the justice system. You might not be sure what to expect, what will happen if we go to court, how long things will take, how much everything will cost, and whether there is even any hope. Rest assured we will go through every step and answer every question to make sure you understand the process and feel confident in the value we can add to your case.