Getting several referrals to experienced plaintiffs' lawyers is recommended. AllGoodLawyers.org through its extensive directory listings, legal articles, forums and blogs; helps you to find a lawyer to handle your legal case. When you search the site, be careful in selecting the right lawyer. Area of legal practice, experience, reputation, online posts and most of all location are crucial factors during the selection process. During the initial contact outline your case very briefly and wait for a response. Try contacting several lawyers during the initial contact. You must also be prepared for rejection. Once you have a response, provide a detailed outline of your case for analysis. Attach copies of only the very pertinent documents that you feel may be necessary for evaluating your case. Once you have established the initial contact it’s a good idea to meet with these attorneys to get a feel for whom you would feel most comfortable working with. The lawyer-client relationship is a two communication, and many lawyers do not take cases if they fall below a certain potential recovery amount, or if the claim is not crystal clear.
Before meeting with a lawyer, write up notes pertaining to your case and gather all of the related documents to take with you. Take copies of all your documents and evidence to your first meeting with an attorney. This can include police reports, medical records, bills, and any other documents related to your case. Being able to present your legal problem in a clear and organized fashion will allow you to determine if the attorney would be ideal for handling your case.
Once you explain to your attorney the grounds for your case and any relevant information pertaining to your case you ask questions to clarify his / her standing. Below is a list of basic questions that will help you determine if the attorney is right for you and your case.
- How long has the lawyer been in practice?
- How much experience does the lawyer have in your type of case?
- How does the lawyer believe the case should be handled?
- What is the lawyer’s time frame for its completion?
- How will you be expected to participate in your case?
- How will you be kept informed about the status of your case?
- Will the lawyer provide a fee agreement that details fees, expenses, billing and payment?
Once you have met with the lawyer, explained your case and have your questions answered, there are some questions you should ask yourself.
- Will I feel comfortable working closely with this person?
- Do I feel confident in the lawyer’s experience and skill to handle my case?
- Do I understand the lawyer's explanation of what my case involves?
- Do I understand the proposed fee agreement?
If you feel comfortable with the lawyer and confident that his/her experience is adequate for your case you have probably found a good match. Asking and answering the above questions will go a long way in determining if this is the right attorney for you.