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What To Ask Before Hiring A Lawyer

Monday, October 12, 2020

 



Life can be full of surprises, and even if you play by the rules, you can find yourself faced with all kinds of unexpected situations and circumstances, forced to act fast and make the right decisions in order to help yourself and those you love.

For example, even if you obey the law and don't necessarily do anything wrong, you might find yourself in a situation where you need to hire a lawyer. There could be all kinds of reasons for this, from being involved in a car accident to filing a lawsuit against a school for negligent behavior in regard to your child.

Either way, with over a million attorneys all across America, there are a lot of lawyers out there waiting for your call, and choosing the right one can feel like quite a challenge. A lot of people don't have much experience when it comes to legal matters and doesn’t really know where to start.

Fortunately, many lawyers offer free consultations, effectively allowing you to sit down and talk with them, before deciding if you'd like to proceed with hiring them. It's effectively like an interview process, and, as the interviewer, you'll need to have some questions prepared in order to find out if a certain lawyer is right for you. Here are a few must-ask questions.
 

How much will it cost?

One of the first things a lot of people want to know when hiring a lawyer is how much it's all going to cost. The truth is that attorney fees can vary enormously from practice to practice and case to case, so you shouldn't go in with any assumptions, and it's always wise to ask this question and know what you're getting into before agreeing to anything.

There's no harm in asking this question and the vast majority of lawyers will be used to answering it too. They'll be able to explain their payment structure, as well as letting you know how they expect to be paid, which might be on an hourly basis or through a simple flat-rate fee. 

How much experience do you have?

Another essential thing to find out about any attorney before deciding to put your case in their hands is how much experience they have. Some lawyers have been in the business for decades, handling countless cases, while others will be quite new to the field. There's nothing wrong with taking on a younger lawyer, but some people might prefer an experienced attorney.

It's also important to note that lawyers often specialize in certain fields. Some will have lots of experience in car accident claims, for example, while others might be more specialized in law related to families, finance, employment, and so on. It's key to find a lawyer who has the relevant skills and experience for your case.
 
How will we communicate?

This is another useful question to ask an attorney, and it's quite a common one too, so you shouldn't have any apprehensions about asking it. If you're new to the idea of hiring a lawyer, you might be wondering how the process actually works, when they'll contact you, how much they'll contact you, etc.

Again, this can vary quite a lot from one lawyer to another. Some of them can have a tendency to communicate quite often with their clients, keeping you up to date with every new development, while others will be a little more independent in their efforts and mainly do most of the work behind the scenes.
 
How do you think the case will go?

This is an obvious one, but it's one that shouldn't be overlooked! The whole point of hiring a lawyer is to help you win a case, after all, or at the very least to help you get a desirable outcome. So, it helps to ask the lawyer outright how they feel the case might progress and what kinds of chances you have of actually winning.

This can also help you learn more about how your lawyer tends to deal with things. Lawyers often have very different approaches to cases; some will be quite ruthless, for example, while others are more focused on reaching compromises. The type of lawyer that suits you best may depend on your own personality and what you want out of the case.
 
Conclusion

Contacting a lawyer can be quite an intimidating experience at first, but it's important to remember that you're the one in charge, so make the most of consultations and interviews in order to find the right lawyer for the job.
 






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