I attach greatest importance to our co-operation in your case. One of its most considerable components is our
consultation meeting, which enables you to tell me about your concern. In order for me to deal with your case in a good, quick and effective manner, it is crucial to have all the
relevant documents connected with it close at hand. It would otherwise not be possible for me to assess the status of the proceedings and get a thorough overview of your case facts, including the
necessity to initiate further steps within a time frame prescribed by law.
In case we agree on a meeting date over the telephone, I will let you know straight ahead about
any documents you should take along. It is understood that you can hand over any necessary documentation after our meeting appointment, for instance by email or post. This, however, should take
place as quickly as possible if there is a time limit set by law to argue your case, for example as in preliminary injunctions or actions for dismissal protection.
Of course it is feasible to hold a consultation over the phone or by email completely, however, I would need comprehensive documentation of your individual case for a sound assessment. In order to solve a legal problem, I often require information that may seem minor in your eyes while it is, in fact, of utter relevance for deciding the case in your favour. These subtleties often do not show sufficiently in paper documents, meaning it may be necessary from my part to make further inquiries or agree on an additional meeting date. Please note that a consultation "from a distance" is not for free but causes fees prescribed by the Lawyers' Fees Act in case we have not agreed on fees individually. I will, of course, let you know about further particulars.
As a first orientation point the following applies:
In a criminal law case, you should bring along any communication you
received from the police, courts, or the prosecution service (e.g. criminal charge, order for summary punishment, summoning of witnesses). For young offenders, any notice from the child services
may be of relevance as well.
When it comes to tenancies and the law of leases, the lease itself, meaning
the contract between landlord and tenant, is of utmost importance. If I am supposed to assess the terms of a draft lease, I would ask you to provide the draft before signing the agreement.
Similarly, any communication with landlords and lessors, or tenants and lessees, can be relevant for judging defaults or statutory deadlines.
In the law of inheritance, I usually require a number of documents for a case assessment. This includes the will itself, in case the testator left one, or the certificate that specifies who is entitled to the succession (the so-called Erbschein in German law). Further I would need any documentation that provides proof of who may receive a part of the inheritance (birth certificates, letters from the testator or from third parties, etc.).
In international contract law, any contractual documents play a significant part in the question of who is entitled to what. This includes additional agreements outside the contract as well as further communication between you and the other party to the contract (even in a foreign language).