Unless you have received a referral from a trusted friend or family member, hiring an attorney can be a pretty daunting task. It's even more intimidating if you've never worked with a lawyer before. Before you begin narrowing your list down (or even before you start searching through the countless listings online), it pays to know what questions to ask. Here are a few suggestions:
What is the attorney's area of expertise?
That is, what types of cases does he or she handle on a daily basis? If you are told that your prospective attorney's area of expertise is "general practice", this means that they dabble in various areas of the law, but have not committed to one particular type of legal work.
At Coxwell & Associates, each of our lawyers have limited themselves to certain areas of the law, which allows our team to offer clients the kind of expertise you just don't find at a general practice law firm.
Who will actually be handling my case?
It is not uncommon for you to initially meet with one attorney and have your case delegated to another, especially in larger law firms. There is nothing wrong with this, as long as you are comfortable with the firm's reputation, as well as the individual lawyers who are working on your case.
It's wise to acquaint yourself with the whole team. You don't need to have a formal meeting with each and every one of them, but you should at least learn everything you can about their background and ensure that you are able to reach them if the need arises.
What kind of resources does the firm have at its disposal?
Oftentimes, personal injury cases require the input of other experts. This may include medical experts (extremely common), accident reconstruction experts, finance experts, and more. Your chances of winning your case are much higher if you have a strong team on your side, so be sure to ask prospective attorneys for this information, as well.
In addition to these, you should bring a personalized list of questions to your initial consultation with any attorneys that you are "interviewing". Ask as many questions as you need to feel comfortable with having them represent you. This is a very important relationship, and it makes sense for you to consider it carefully.
If you are thinking of filing a personal injury claim, contact the skilled and proven team at Coxwell & Associates at (601) 948-1600 to discuss the details of your case. We'll schedule a no-pressure initial consultation for you and help you determine the best course of action.
Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.