Talking to an Attorney

Posted 3 years ago — Ooley Law Blog

We understand that law firms are busy places focused on defending people with current legal problems. How do you recommend a Network member who does not have a pending legal issue connect with an attorney for a brief consultation to be sure the member understands their state’s self-defense laws, while getting to know the attorney they’ll call to protect their rights after self-defense?

It can be difficult to simply talk to an attorney, particularly when there is no immediate legal issue at hand. Assuming you have one or more attorneys in mind, we personally believe that the best way to make contact is to simply call the firm and indicate that you would like to pay for a short meeting consisting of an hour or two to discuss your state’s self-defense laws. If you want an in-depth education on your state’s self-defense and firearms laws, the meeting may need to be longer. If the attorney and/or the attorney’s staff is so busy that they are not willing to set up a time to meet with you, that is a good sign that the firm/attorney may not be a good choice, and it is probably best to move on. In our case, we would be happy to schedule an in-person appointment with any Network member in Indiana. As a matter of fact, we generally do not charge ACLD Network members for an initial 30-minute “get to know you” meeting.

Additionally, we would also recommend that any prospective client attend one of our legal educational seminars, which last about five hours and are designed to apprise participants of the essential laws regarding self defense with a firearm for the State of Indiana. The cost of this seminar runs from $60 to $95 per person, depending upon the venue and the size of the group. We believe this seminar provides valuable educational information, a chance to know us on a personal and professional level and is likely much less expensive than paying for a private meeting with an attorney.

There may be similar legal educational seminars available in your state, which would likely be valuable. Of course, if you cannot find such a seminar and don’t already have an ACLDN affiliate attorney in the area, we would suggest that you make contact with firearms instructors in the area and get recommendations from them for attorneys that are knowledgeable in the area of self-defense law. Additionally, we always emphasize the importance of a focused and documented review of the ACLDN DVDs that are provided to all new members.

Originally published at https://armedcitizensnetwork.org/en/january-2019-attorney-question