A). Name, address, and phone number;
B.) A brief summary of your situation;
C.) The names of other attorneys that you have used in the past;
D.) If you have a pending court matter, the date of your next court appearance, the opposing party’s and their attorney’s name, and the case number.
How much do you charge for an initial consultation? Initial consultations in all matters are free of charge. After reviewing your individual situation, an attorney will provide you with retainer information, hourly rates or contingency terms as are pertinent to your case.
What information should I bring with me for my initial consultation? You should bring any and all written documents that you believe are relevant to the issue you are trying to address, including all court papers. It is a good idea to speak with the attorney that you will be meeting with in advance as they may request that you bring specific information.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a positive and a cost-efficient alternative to litigation which is meant to help the participants reach an agreement in a cooperative and rational manner, as well as minimizing anger and resentment, which can escalate in the court system.
When parties cooperate, mediation can preserve financial resources, and more importantly, keep you out of court. Mediation also assists parties in bridging communication gaps, which allows you to take charge of your life and the decisions affecting your future.
During mediation, which is a confidential process, parties develop a plan to restructure their futures. Mediation is intended to supplement the litigation system, which casts parties as opponents and tends to create an adversarial relationship.
In mediation, parties are treated as cooperative adults, and the mediator acts as a neutral facilitator. The mediator’s role includes assisting parties in identifying issues, problem solving, exploring alternative solutions, and reaching an agreement.
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Saleem B. Mamdani is a certified mediator in the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Illinois.