If you need a legal representation, where do you begin your search to find the best attorney for your case? There are key questions to ask prospective lawyers before you hire them. If the answers you receive from the following 5 questions meet your expectations, you are on the right path for a successful attorney/client relationship.
1. What is your experience with cases like mine?
Ask the attorney to detail his/her experience with situations like yours. What types of results has he/she seen? Remember that even if a lawyer has been practicing law for many years, that does not always mean they have much (or any) experience with matters like yours.
2. How will you communicate with me?
After the initial consultation, how will you hear from the attorney? Will he/she be available by phone? How long will you have to wait to get a response via phone or email? Get a clear picture of the the types of communication channels the lawyer uses and how often you will be hearing from him/her.
3. What are the possible outcomes of my case?
Find out how your case may end. You need to understand both the best and worst case scenarios that may result. Do cases like yours usually settle outside of court or do you see many months of litigation? You will have to decide if you are up for the emotional and financial challenges your case may require.
4. How long does a case like mine typically take to get resolved?
Ask the attorney to take you through the steps of the process, including a time frame and estimated charges. Often there are no hard-and-fast rules as to the time it takes for a particular case to be closed but an attorney should be able to give you a general window based on experience.
5. If I am unable to pay my invoice on time, do you have a payment plan option?
Your financial situation may change during the legal process. You may feel more comfortable if you know the law firm is willing to work with you if you become financially-strapped during your tenure with them. The answer to this question may give you the sense of security you need during an already-trying time