Choosing an Auto Accident Lawyer
It can be easy to find an attorney. The problem is that it can be hard to find the right attorney for you and your case. If you have a good case (i.e., a case which you will likely win), there will be a lot of lawyers willing to help. You need to be sure that you choose the lawyer who will best represent you in your auto accident case.
Why Do I Need to Know so Much before Choosing a Lawyer?
The lawyer you choose can make all the difference in how your case plays out. This is the main reason to make sure you find the right lawyer for your case. If you are informed and know what to look for in a lawyer, the process of choosing a lawyer will be easier and can save you time and money.
There is a lot you should know before choosing a lawyer. Most of what you need to know has to do with the lawyer him/herself. So, if you can get referrals you should. One of your first steps should be to try and learn about a prospective lawyer’s reputation. Once you have done this the next step is to go ahead and meet with the lawyer.
Is there Anything I Should Do before Meeting with a Lawyer?
Yes! You should write out notes about your case and gather important documents and evidence relating to your auto accident. For example, obtain and make copies of police reports, medical bills, and insurance policies. Bring these documents to your first meeting with a lawyer. You want to be prepared to explain your problem in a clear and coherent manner.
What Should I Ask when I Meet with a Lawyer?
When you meet with a lawyer, it is important that you feel comfortable with him/her. If you feel that you cannot have a positive relationship with a lawyer, find another one. There are many lawyers who are happy and willing to help you so be sure to find the right one. If you feel comfortable with a lawyer, here are some questions you should ask:
- How long has the lawyer been practicing?
- How much experience does the lawyer have in auto accident cases?
- How will the lawyer handle your case?
- How Much participation is expected on your part?
- How will the lawyer keep you informed on what is going on with your case and is the lawyer accessible? Make sure you’ll be able to contact the lawyer if you need to.
- Will the lawyer provide you with a fee arrangement that details all fees, expenses, billing, and payments?
How Do I Decide on a Lawyer?
After meeting with a lawyer and discussing your case, you will be better prepared to make a decision on whether or not to hire that lawyer. After meeting with a lawyer, ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I comfortable working with this lawyer on my case?
- Do I believe the lawyer has the experience and skills necessary to handle my case?
- Did the lawyer explain issues surrounding my case in a way that I understood or did he speak in legal terms I didn’t understand?
- Do I understand the proposed fee arrangement for handling my case?
Before you hire a lawyer, it is important that you understand the fee arrangement. That is, you must understand how you are supposed to pay the attorney. It is impossible to tell exactly how much work will be required for a case and because of this attorney’s fees can be more or less than originally expected. If you have any concerns about attorney’s fees, be sure to discuss them with your lawyer before signing anything.