Written by attorney Lucas J. Foust


Since 2010, my wife Heather and I have run focus groups asking people their opinions about cases that attorneys have sent to her jury research company, Seventh Amendment Productions. In group after group, we have found that the biggest hurdle trial attorneys (especially personal injury trial attorneys) have to overcome is a genuine feeling of distrust. If you or your family member are about to take the big leap and trust a personal injury trial lawyer with a 1/3 interest in what is probably the most significant catastrophe in your life, we believe there are a few questions you should ask. Below is a list along with an explanation of why we have included these questions on the list. Whether you hire our firm or are considering another firm, we believe that the right answers to the questions below separate the “opportunists” from the advocates. As always this information is merely educational and you can feel free to contact us to elaborate on this list:

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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS This guide is not perfect. The best answers to the questions I have provided are not a guarantee that the attorney you hire will be a good fit. One of the best ways to ensure a good attorney-client relationship is to make certain that your goals are made clear to the attorney from the very beginning. It is also important that your goals and objectives be reasonable. Hiring an attorney is a daunting task and one that I hope is a rare situation in your life. I wish you and your family the best of luck with your situation. Please feel free to contact me: 406-587-3720 with any questions you may have.

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