I recently met with a family who lost a love one. They were deciding on their legal options and which lawyers to hire to help. Certainly no simple task to be treated lightly. During our initial meeting, they asked me one of the best questions a prospective client has ever inquired of me.
If you were us what would you look for in an attorney?
Many thoughts popped into my head as to how to answer this very insightful question.
Would I care most about their experience as an attorney, experience and results handling similar types of cases, firm’s reputation in the legal community, do they teach other lawyers that area of law, other achievements, perhaps writing relevant articles or “the book” in the field of law?
After selecting on my my answer, the most important thing for me would be the relationship.
Would I feel comfortable working with the lawyer and law firm throughout the case?
Do I feel comfortable and have the rapport necessary to share very personal family issues with my lawyer and their team?
Make sure that you are comfortable the lawyer who will be handling your injury case. A lawyer and firm that cares about you and your family and is responsive to your needs will achieve a far better result than one that does not get to know you and is not interested in you as a person.
Here are some other questions worth considering:
- What percentage of your practice is devoted to helping clients in a situation like mine?
- How many clients have you represented that were similar to me?
- How many cases like mine have you tried in front of a jury?
- What were the outcomes of those jury trials?
- Do you have any unique experience or special training or knowledge that might apply in my situation?
- How will you keep me informed about what’s happening with my case?
- What are the potential outcomes of my case?
- If we lose, will I be responsible for any costs?
- Who, specifically, will be working on my case?
Have questions? Don’t hesitate to ask.