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Joanna Smykowski is a born and raised New Yorker who loves reading, discovering new cities, and spending time with family and friends. She is an attorney who has had a love for writing since childhood. Writing for legal clients is her favorite way to combine her favorite aspects of work.
“Wait…what is a consultation?”
It’s not always clear what happens during a consultation with an attorney. This article covers the nuts and bolts of scheduling a legal consultation, including what to expect and how to prepare. First, let's start with a quick definition of "consultation."
Court: A Seemingly Scary Place
The legal system can be intense. It doesn’t matter why you have to be in court; it usually doesn’t bring positive feelings. Many times, you have a court date scheduled after an incident or conflict has happened. The whole thing can feel intimidating – from the judge to the courtroom to the fast-talking attorneys. TV shows portray court as a dramatic place, and it feels that way if you have a court date that you need to appear for.
What are Legal Aid and Legal Clinics?
Legal aids are non-profit organizations that provide free legal services for low-income individuals. The most well-known is the Legal Aid Society, a non-profit based in New York City. Founded in 1876 as the first legal office for low-income people in the nation, it is the oldest and largest legal aid provider in the United States. While New York City is home to the original Legal Aid Society, there are now legal aid services across the country in major cities and beyond.
when NOT to "do-it-yourself" with legal issues
Do-It-Yourself (“DIY”) may save money with home repairs, assembling furniture, or replacing appliances. With enough time, you can figure it out. If you are in a legal situation, however, consider these significant risks of navigating legal issues without expert guidance.
Contracts, Federal Relief, & Employment
For small businesses, staying afloat has been the ultimate struggle amidst lockdowns, quarantine, and consumers losing income to spend. Not to mention, the myriad of legal issues that small business owners have had to deal with for the first time. Let’s discuss some of those issues here and how to navigate them in the midst of a global pandemic.
The Myth of the "Typical" Attorney
As with many professions, the discipline of law has gained a reputation over the years. However, too much of what we think we know about attorneys come from television and film – fancy suits, working 80 hours a week, and making big money.