Searching for the right lawyer to handle your case is a lot like dating. You want to find someone who is dedicated, honest, and easy to talk to. You want to feel important, listened to, and safe. Above all, you want to find someone who understands you, who knows what is most important to you, and who is looking out for your best interests. These are all qualities you may look for in a partner that you should also seek out when looking to hire the right attorney for your case.
There is just as much difference between lawyers as there is between doctors, accountants, and other professionals; there are bad ones and there are good ones. Some law firms are personal injury "factories." Simply put, they settle all their cases for much less than they could have in order to clear the cases as quickly as possible to make room for more. If they can't settle a case quickly, they may refer it to another law firm to take the case to court.
Get recommendations and do your research.
The best way to learn about a specific law firm or attorney is to ask your friends and neighbors about them. If someone you know has used that firm in the past and has been satisfied with them, that's a good sign. Another way is to ask the lawyers in the firm to send you some free information about themselves, then to meet and address any questions you may have. If the law firm has a website, look for attorney biographies and search for the one you may connect with on a personal level.
Ask the right questions.
When hiring a lawyer, make sure you ask the right questions . Seek information regarding any instances of legal malpractice or discipline from the State Bar. Ask about who might be handling the details of your case and the best way to get in touch with the attorney. You can ask if whether or not the attorney has won cases like yours before, and for how much the cases were settled.
The right lawyer should make you feel important.
You need a law firm that will handle your case from beginning to end, pay personal attention to you, make themselves available to you whenever you need them, and return your phone calls promptly with the answers you need. The right lawyer should give a personal commitment to all of his or her clients. You should be treated with respect, attention, and dignity.
At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, we want clients to ask lots of questions; we want you to be confident in choosing us to represent you. If we are unable to help you with your case, we will be honest with you and help you find another attorney best suited to handle your claim.