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Things to do before you talk with a lawyer

You should prepare before talking with a lawyer so you can get the most out of your time and make the best-informed decision. This checklist can help you get ready.

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1. Determine your goal(s)

For example, "I want to get child support payments." "I want my landlord to give me more time to move out." "I want creditors to stop calling me."

2. Decide your budget

How much money can you spend on legal services? For example, you might have $50 per week, or $200 per month, to spend on a lawyer.

3. Gather relevant documents

Do you have any court papers, letters, pictures, receipts or other documents related to a legal problem? Bring them with you to show the lawyer.

4. Contact a lawyer

You will have limited time with the lawyer, so it's important that you think about these issues. Complete and bring this worksheet to your meeting.

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