Finding the Right Lawyer for Your Unique Case
The more informed you are, the better off you will be when it comes to hiring a lawyer for your case. The following are some questions to ask yourself when meeting with a potential lawyer to help you evaluate the level of services they are providing you with.
1. Personal Attention: Does your attorney provide personal “one-to-one” attention or do they pass the file off to a junior associate or paralegal?
2. Experience: A developed high level of skill requires at least 10 years of experience. How many years of experience does your personal injury lawyer have?
3. Compassion: A lawyer needs to understand what you and your family are going through emotionally, financially and physically. When an injured client walks into the office for the first time, does your lawyer listen and speak with compassion?
4. Excellence: Does your lawyer always act in the best interest of the client and their families?
5. Passion: Do you feel that your lawyer is passionate about helping you or is their job just a way to pay the bills? You can hear it in their voice and see it in their eyes, this passion transmits to the judge and the jury when your case goes to trial.
6. Understanding: Does your attorney have a sound understanding of various medical conditions and their relationship to physical trauma? This type of understanding will allow the attorney to effectively communicate with the judge, jury and insurance company.
7. Specialization: What area of law does your attorney specialize in? Always hire a lawyer who specializes in the area of law you seek because that is his or her strength.
8. The Extra Mile: Has your lawyer given you a 100% guarantee that he or she will win your case? If so, you better run. The only guarantee in complex legal issues is that a lawyer is willing to leave no stone unturned in the fight to win a case.
9. Well Informed: Has your attorney explained their contract and legal fees making sure that you understand everything right up front? Never sign a legal document that you don’t understand.
10. Past Success: Can your attorney provide you with client testimonials?