Get The Right Lawyer For You
When so much depends on the outcome, it’s important you find a lawyer who you know is going to do a great job representing you and taking your case on.
But how do you find a lawyer you can trust? Someone who is not only competent when it comes to matters of law, but competent when it comes to offering excellent customer service as well?
Join us as we answer these questions and more in this blog, which takes you through what you need to think about when hiring a lawyer for the first time and getting the result you need.
Word of Mouth
How would you go about hiring a builder or a gardener? Chances are that you would probably ask around. You might remember that a family member had their garden redesigned and ask them if they’d recommend the company. You might recall how a builder repaired your neighbour’s wall and get contact details.
The same goes when it comes to hiring a lawyer. Very often the best lawyers come from people who have had to call on their services themselves. Start here at take a look at their credentials online and on their own website. With so many cases being a matter of public record, you should be able to find their win statistics fairly easily.
First Impressions Count
How did you feel when you first walked into the office of your potential lawyer? Were you greeted warmly and made to feel that your case was important to them or did they fail to give you eye contact and seem distracted by other things as you explained your position?
These things are important and very often establish the relationship as you go forwards. If you don’t feel that your lawyer offers you the best service and clear communication then you should probably consider taking your case to another chambers and starting again.
You know that hiring a lawyer does not come cheap, in fact because the stakes are so high so are the fees. That’s why it’s good to get an idea of how much you might expect your case to cost before you commit to anything.
It’s hard to tell precisely how long your case will last or predict the outcome, but your lawyer, like the Miller Law Group, should be able to give you a ballpark figure and keep you informed should there be any added expenses as the case progresses.
Make sure you ask how your lawyer will bill you. You may pay by the hour on a monthly cycle or pay some up front and the rest out of any damages you receive. You may also be in a position to receive legal aid. Your lawyer or their associates should be able to advise you.
It can be tempting to walk into the offices of the largest and most impressive law firms that you can find and while these giants do have a lot of resources at their disposal, that doesn’t mean you’re getting the best representation.
Instead you could consider taking a look at a smaller but more specialised firm who has specific experience of dealing with and winning cases such as yours. Take time to explore the options, bearing in mind that size isn’t everything.
The best thing you can do for yourself in the run up to appointing a lawyer and your case moving forward is to get all your paperwork and timelines in order. Make copies of any documents that you think may be relevant to your case and have them backed up online in the event you need to access them again easily and make more copies.
Make yourself available when you say you will be and don’t be scared to pick up the phone and clarify any points that you don’t understand, especially if it means you can provide more evidence to back up your case.
Keep the lines of communication open with your lawyer and you should see a resolution to your case sooner rather than later.
Don’t be afraid to shop around and make the most of those free initial consultations to find a lawyer who you click with. Choose someone who gets your case and offers you a realistic outcome with promising the earth or being prepared to give in too easily. Go on a good reputation but back it up with your own research.
Dig deep and get the best representation you can to bring you through the hard times and out the other side.