Questions to Ask BEFORE You Hire a Lawyer.
Friend of a friend of mine hired a "family friend" bankruptcy lawyer to handle her slip and fall. Didn't go well so I wrote this article on hiring a Louisville Lawyer.
3 Questions To AskEvery lawyer will tell you why he or she is the best, brightest, and most aggressive attorney out there. At end of the day, lawyers (and most professionals) are in the business of sales. So how do you know which lawyer is right for your case? Here are the three most important questions you can ask:
1) Do you practice this type of law? A jack-of-all-trades in the legal industry is not the lawyer you want. As a personal injury lawyer, I wouldn't draw up a will, start a business, or handle complex criminal matters for a friend or family member. I would refer those cases out. The reason is simple: I'm not involved in those areas of law on a day to day basis. I don't know the complex nuances to get a potential client the best result. Sure, I could probably handle the case, but do we want a spinal surgeon performing hand surgery or a triathlete playing professional baseball? If your potential lawyer practices in a bunch of areas of law, he or she is doing just that: practicing, not perfecting. Go online and do your research, is the lawyer advertising six different types of law? Probably not the right person for the job.
2) How can I communicate with you and will you be my lawyer? A person can't drive three minutes in Louisville without seeing a lawyer advertisement. The lawyers in those advertisements have done an excellent job of setting up a business that procures clients and makes money. But will the lawyer on the billboard actually be your lawyer? Depends on your case. Often the lawyer in the ad doesn't live in the local community and you will be assigned another lawyer. If that is the case you better make sure you like that other lawyer. You will want direct communication with the lawyer and the lawyer's paralegal. I get calls weekly from a client who hired a lawyer they cannot get in contact with for whatever reason. If you can't get in contact with your lawyer there is a chance your case isn't at the top of the list.
3) Do I actually like and trust the lawyer? If you don't like or trust the lawyer there is a real chance that other people won't either. This includes defense attorneys, judges, insurance adjusters and other people that will have a direct impact on your case. Test out your lawyer to see if they are full of it. Ask them what the case is worth or what the end result will be. You want confidence, but anyone that is going to promise you a result is pulling a fast one as there are lots of factors that develop over the course of a case.
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