You’ve decided to take legal action, now you need to find a lawyer. How do you make the decision to let an attorney take on your case? Finding the right lawyer requires you to ask the right questions. Keep reading for the top 6 questions you should ask before hiring your lawyer.
1. What kind of experience do you have with a similar case?
Years of experience in law is a good thing to have, but make sure to ask specifically about their experience working with cases similar to yours. You’ll want to ask about their track record, such as the number of cases won or settled. Don’t be afraid to get into the details of this. It’s important for you to hire an attorney whose practice is devoted to the type of law your case requires.
2. What’s the legal plan?
Most lawyers don’t give detailed legal advice in an initial consultation, but they should explain their plan to win this case with a general overview of strategies they practice. Make sure to discuss the length of time as well. Ask about the pros and cons of this plan and don’t be afraid to get clarification on legal jargon!
3. What is my role in my case?
This question is an important one that is often overlooked. Attorneys desire different levels of involvement from their clients. For example, in the case of a car accident, your attorney may not want you to discuss the case with witnesses, but they will probably want you to compile documentation of your injuries and medical bills.
4. What is the likely outcome of my case?
Though they can’t predict the future, an attorney with enough experience should be able to give you a few possible scenarios of the result of your case. You’re not looking for the “right” answer here. Instead, you want to know up front what their opinion of your case is so you can know what to expect.
5. Who will be my primary point of contact and how do I receive updates on my case?
You don’t want to be in the dark about your own case. And you probably won’t be hearing regularly from your attorney to give you a play by play of how it’s going. But it is important for you to know what updates you will be receiving and when, as well as who you can call with any questions regarding the case.
6. How do you structure your fees?
No one likes to talk about money. But if you’re honest with yourself, you know money is an important factor in making your decision. So the conversation about money should be a thorough one. If they’re unwilling to discuss fees in addition to their hourly rate, that’s not a good sign.
At the Ryan Solis Law Firm, we value transparency with our clients and are equipped to answer the questions you have regarding your case. Give us a call today to set up a consultation toward getting the justice you deserve.