When you need to an attorney, how do you know which will best serve your interests — at a price you can afford? (And it’s not necessarily the guy with the ambulance-chaser commercials or the huge ad on the back of the phone book). Here are a few tips for choosing the right legal representation.
how long have you been in practice?
where did you go to school? is it a reputable and accredited law school?
when and where did you pass the bar?
in which states are you currently certified to practice law?
have you ever had a complaint filed against you by a client?
you can contact the American Bar Association to research credentials and any complaints
what kind of law do you normally practice?
have you dealt with this specific kind of case before? how many times?
would you handle my case personally, or someone else from your office?
what percentage of cases like mine have you won or settled in favor of your clients?
can you give me 5 references from previous clients that I may contact?
is there a fee for an initial in-person consultation?
what do you see as the strong points and weaknesses in my case?
what do you think the outcome of this suit will be?
do you believe that we can settle out of court?
do you think that this case will go to trial?
what could I stand to win or lose — monetary or otherwise?
how long do you think this case will take, from start to finish?
will you consult me before making any important decisions on my case?
how often will we be in touch throughout the process?
how do you charge for your services — hourly, contingency, etc.?
will you sign a written fee agreement before we begin my case?
do you expect an up-front retainer to start this case? how much?
what do you estimate my total cost to be?
when do you expect payment — increments, at the end of the case, etc.?
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