Starting a new business? Getting divorced? Injured in a car accident? These are just a few of the many reasons why you may need to engage the services of a lawyer to represent your interests. Will this process has never been easier, there are still a few things that you need to take into consideration. It is easier than you think you hire a personal injury lawyer when you actually need one who can deal with a divorce.
Get To Know Who You Are Dealing With
As was touched on above, most lawyers will specialize in a certain area of the law. Make sure the attorney you are considering hiring has plenty of relevant experience in the field you need. An attorney who drafts wills on a regular basis might not be the best person to represent you in a case involving a car crash. If any family, friends or work colleagues have been in a similar situation ask them if they have any recommendations. Referrals count for much of the work lawyers get from new clients, and knowing you are dealing with someone who came through for somebody you know is very reassuring.
Do Your Homework
If you can, meet with a couple of lawyers before deciding which one you are going with. But, find out in advance if you will be charged for this initial meeting as that could get costly if you meet two or three. Write down your problem so you are able to give a clear yet brief summary without having to stop to think or making mistakes. Ask the lawyers about their fees, their experience and what your chance of success is. You should also ask if they will be dealing with your case themselves or passing it on to an associate lawyer.
Don’t Leave The Office Unsure of Anything
Once you have decided which lawyer to hire, make sure that you fully understand what you have agreed to. How often are they going to update you? What further information must you provide for the case to move forward? Have all the options been explained to you? How much is the total cost likely to be? If you are not sure on exactly what the lawyer intends doing for you ask for clarification of your agreement in writing. Even though success can never be guaranteed, fully discuss what approaches are being taken to ensure the best possible chance of success. Be upfront and honest with your lawyer and give them all the facts and circumstances.
Costs and Fees
You need to establish this from the outset so there are no nasty shocks further down the line. Some lawyers will not charge you unless you are successful, whilst others will charge you for everything win or lose. Thanks to state ethics now being in place, lawyers are allowed to charge only reasonable fees. Advice from the American Bar Association states that lawyers must explain their charges in full, and in writing, within a reasonable time from when they start to represent you. Some states even go so far as to making their lawyers put all their fees in writing before they even agree to take on a case. Charges can quickly rack up for such services as couriers, copying documents, researching and court filing fees. Make sure you fully understand exactly what you are being charged for and how much those charges are.