2. Meet with your lawyer or paralegal

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How do I prepare for my meeting with a lawyer or paralegal?
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2. Meet with your lawyer or paralegal

After you hire a lawyer or paralegal, you will have to talk to them about your case in more detail. If you have an emergency, you may want to do this over the phone so that it happens as soon as possible.

The lawyer or paralegal will ask about your situation to get a better understanding of the facts of your case. Write some notes about your legal problem before you meet. This will help you remember details. Include important details like dates and names.

You should also:

  • list questions you have
  • think about solutions you would like
  • bring your legal aid certificate if you have one

Be clear with your lawyer or paralegal about how you want your issues resolved. Ask if they think what you want is realistic. You may have to change what you want based on their advice.

Bring copies of important documents with you. Keep the originals for yourself. Your documents may include:

  • written agreements like an employment contract or a lease agreement
  • court or tribunal documents that you received or prepared
  • financial documents that show your assets and debts, such as property, credit cards, lines of credit, mortgages, bank accounts, and investments
  • important emails or letters that could help or hurt your case

Lawyers must check that you are who you say you are. When you meet with the lawyer, you must show them photo identification, such as your driver's license, passport, or permanent resident card to prove your identity.

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Reviewed: October 10, 2018

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