Attorneys that practice in all areas of the law often advertise that they provide free consultations. What does a “free consultation” mean or include? A consultation refers to the initial meeting between an attorney and client.
This usually consists of the potential client explaining the facts or the reasons they want to retain an attorney and the attorney letting the client know whether the client has a claim or defense based upon the facts provided.
This initial consultation will usually include the review of any documents the client brings to the consultation to enable the attorney to inform the client of the potential issues surrounding the case and to allow the attorney and client to determine whether the client and attorney should continue with a formal representation.
It is also a time for which the attorney will explain the fees his or her firm would charge and what the client should expect should the attorney be retained. Any consultation between the attorney and potential client, even if the client does not hire the lawyer, is protected by the attorney-client privilege.