Hiring an attorney can be a difficult and scary process, especially when you are dealing with serious and traumatic issues. It is important to know what to expect. Here are a few tips for you when selecting an attorney.
Is the case viable? It is important to be realistic about whether your problem can be solved by an attorney. If it is an issue of wrongful death, injury, or serious damages, then yes...a lawyer can help. If the issue is something that the law cannot solve, than an attorney may not able to aid you.
It is important to meet with the attorney in person, and at their office. You should be able to see where the lawyer works and see if it is a good fit for you. This attorney could be representing you in court and will most likely know intimate details of your life. You must feel comfortable in opening up to them.
After you have decided if the attorney and firm are a good fit for you, then an agreement of the terms of representation must be put in writing by the attorney. The terms should be explained to you so that you understand everything clearly and that no surprises will come later. The more straightforward the attorney is the better. The more details that an attorney gives you about your case and what to expect the better off you are.
Always check out the firm's website to make sure that the attorney has experience in the area you are dealing with. You want an attorney who has worked on cases similiar to yours and has resources to get you the most help.
Be aware that you will have to share a lot of information, documents, and material with your attorney in order to help build a winnable case. Communication is key between the attorney and the client. You need to know enough information to make informed decisions and should be given explanations for significant details that take place. You should have peace of mind that you can access your lawyer and talk to him when needed. The most important thing is that you are comfortable and have confidence with the attorney.