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How to Prepare to Meet With Your Labor Lawyer

Finding the right labor lawyer to represent your case can make your break the success of your litigation. Having a successful first meeting with your lawyer is also extremely important. It is up to you to provide your lawyer with all the information that will quickly get him or her up to speed on your case. Here are a few tips on how you can best prepare to meet with your lawyer that will make good use of his or her time and your money.

First of all, your lawyer should have the necessary details of your contact information. Be sure to provide your lawyer with your home and work address, your home, work, cell/pager, and fax number, and your e-mail address.

Second, you want to brainstorm a list of goals that you want the lawyer to help you achieve. This will keep your discussion–and your case–focused. A clear-cut, defined problem is easy to defend and your lawyer will appreciate you taking your own case seriously. Some typical goals may include:

o To have a contract or other legal document reviewed

-What are the areas of concern?
-How should you respond?
-How have other clients addressed similar issues in the past?
-How is the other side to the document most likely to respond?

o Discuss a strategy for negotiating an employment agreement, or for stopping harassment of discrimination
o Receive advice on how to respond to a letter that threatens suit against you
o Evaluate legal claims or if a suit if viable

Because of the nature of labor suits, you need to prepare a chronological summary of the facts leading up to your decision to meet with a lawyer. These facts include your date of hire, the names of the employer and key players in the dispute, background facts such as your performance evaluations, achievements, and promotions, the date that the dispute or problem began, the nature and key events of the dispute, and the current status of your dispute. Pay careful attention to dates and be accurate.

Also bring to the meeting all the documents you have that are related to the case. It is also a good idea to organize these documents logically before you meet with the lawyer so they can be accessed at necessary times. Important documents to gather can include:

o Employment agreement
o Employee handbook
o Benefit plans
o Performance evaluations
o Non-competition agreement
o Severance agreement
o All correspondence relating to the matter
o Witness statements

A final step to take in preparing to meet with your lawyer is to spend some time thinking of possible conflicts of interest within the case. This will save you and your lawyer both time and money if these are fleshed out from the get-go. If a possible conflict of interest makes the lawyer unable to represent you, thank him or her for the time and move on to a new lawyer. You deserve to be represented in the best way possible and it is not in your interest to stick around in the face of possible conflicts.

The Steps For Choosing a Good Labor Lawyer

If you’ve been victimized in the work place, you may very well feel alone and helpless. When times are tough as they are now, you may feel grateful to have any job at all and hesitate to make waves and risk losing your position. Work place crimes are some of the most intimidating events imaginable, especially if you are being victimized by one of your superiors. However, you should know that there are great labor lawyers out there who can help you to correct a situation, handle disputes, or receive compensation if you’ve been discriminated against. Here’s how to choose the right labor lawyer for you.

Where to Look

The internet is always a great place to start. There is always more information contained on a website than you could ever hope to find in a Yellow Pages advertisement. Enter the words “labor lawyer” along with your state or city in a search engine and see what comes up. Visit each law firm’s web site and see what they have to offer.

What to Look For

If you have a leaky pipe in your home, it doesn’t make sense to call in a carpenter to fix it. Just as all contractors are not alike, not all lawyers are alike. When it comes to resolving problems in the workplace, you don’t want to use a family law attorney or a lawyer who “specializes” in a variety of different kinds of law: you want a labor attorney.

The focus of an excellent attorney’s practice will be labor and labor alone. Within this category, the firm should be experienced in:

— Age Discrimination
— Gender Discrimination
— Race Discrimination
— Disability Discrimination
— Religious Discrimination
— Retaliation
— Whistleblower
— Family Medical Leave Act
— And a host of other work-related areas including wrongful discharge and breach of contract.

What to Do Next

Once you have a list of the best lawyers in town, it’s time to do some additional research. You may consider asking friends, coworkers, and family members if they have had any experience with any of the lawyers on your list. A good reference from a trusted person is a great place to start. You will also want to check all of the lawyers’ status with the Bar Association in your state.

The Final Step

Once you have narrowed your list further, set up consultations with each attorney and get a feel for him and his office. Are they solicitous of your needs? Do they return your phone calls promptly? Do you like the lawyer’s personality and feel he is someone you can trust? It is essential that you feel comfortable with the labor lawyer of your choice.

If you think you’ve been in victimized in the workplace, know that you are never alone: choose your labor lawyer carefully and he will do everything possible to see that justice is carried out in your behalf.