What To Expect

Coming forward about your sexual abuse and sexual assault is extraordinarily difficult. Many victims of sexual violence have legitimate concerns about what will happen if they contact a lawyer about their experience.

Often, the uncertainty about the process of reporting prevents victims from coming forward. As a result, we like to explain our goals in an initial consultation, and we use initial meetings to get to know our clients and their goals.

The Goals of Our Initial Consultation

Our first consultation is an informal discussion. When you call, a paralegal or legal secretary will get basic information about your case. If it is something our firm can handle, one of our lawyers will hear your story and provide you with information about what we do and how we can help. The discussion is a back and forth about what happened to you, what your goals are moving forward, what your legal options are, and how we can aid you in that process.

We have a significant amount of experience in these initial conversations, so we know that these topics can be emotional and sensitive. We will not badger you or ask you to relive traumatic events. We do not expect you to open-up completely or disclose to us some truths you are not yet ready to discuss.

We will not try to convince you to do anything you do not want to do. If we agree to represent you, we place your interests first. That means you have the final word about the legal steps you choose to take.

We are here to listen to you and your story, and then tell you your options.

We Will Clearly and Honestly Explain Potential Next Steps

We take the role of an attorney advocate seriously. It is the duty of your lawyer to provide you with the knowledge and legal options that will allow you to decide your next steps.

While we are always ready to make informed recommendations on the basis of the facts and circumstances of your case, you have the ultimate say in what your next steps will be. That is why we are honest about your case and your situation. A clear, objective and informed assessment from an experienced legal advocate will help you to determine what course of action is right for you.

How Do You Define Accountability?

There may be more options available to you than you realize. At our initial consultation, we will discuss the various paths available to you. While a lawsuit may be the best option for you to obtain a resolution, alternatives exist that may be a better fit. If settling in a way that avoids attention is your preferred method, for example, we can discuss how best to attempt to reach your goals.

There Is No Cost and No Obligation

An initial consultation does not mean you have agreed to hire us or that we have agreed to represent you. You will not be charged to speak to us. Our first meeting is an opportunity for both of us to better understand the situation and what the options are moving forward. Because your attorney is someone you should be able to trust, we believe the first step is providing an open and honest consultation at no cost and no obligation to you. Reach us online or call us toll free at 800-724-5785.