Deciding on a lawyer can be a difficult task especially when you’ve just been involved in a car accident, have been hurt, or have never had to deal with an attorney before. Lawyers will often provide a low cost or free consultation to discuss the details of your situation. This gives you the opportunity to ask your potential lawyer some very important questions.
Generally speaking you want to have a list of questions in mind you want to ask during your initial consultation. It’s easy to feel intimidated by an attorney, but remember, you came to them for their services. You want to make sure they are the right match for you.
We have devised a list of questions that you should consider asking your attorney when you first meet. First, you want to ask how long they have been practicing law. At the very least, you want to know about their experiences. This way, you will be able to see if this attorney just got out of law school or has been practicing for many years. Secondly, ask your attorney what their typical client is like. If you can relate to their past clients, this may be a clear indicator this attorney might be for you.
A very important question you want to ask is “what are your attorney fees and costs, and how are they billed?” This is one of the most important questions you will be asking. You’ll want to know whether you can afford the lawyers services and how will you be required to pay.
Learn about how the attorney handles cases. You can ask, “what is your approach to winning or representing a case?” Depending on their answer, you will learn if this attorney is aggressive in nature and will do anything to beat the case, or if they are more laid back and handle the situation as the case develops. Depending on your specific case, you may want one type of lawyer over the other.
Communication is key. Ask them how they will be updating you through the process. How many calls will you receive a month, week, or day? You’ll want to know how your case is developing and updates on any important dates.
Finally, ask how likely the outcome of the case will be. You want to know if you have a good chance of winning. This way you will get a clear idea of how the situation will turn out. If you are facing an uphill battle, it’s best for your attorney to let you know winning the case won’t be an easy task.
While asking all these questions will help you decide on whether you should hire this attorney or not, it is important to keep in mind that nothing should be taken as a guarantee. These questions will help you get a good understanding about your potential attorney and see whether they are good fit for you.