Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Jan 07, 2015 in Personal Injury News
When you encounter a situation requiring legal representation, it can be confusing to find the right lawyer. There are so many attorneys out there vying for your business, and picking the best person to represent your interests can be the difference between a settlement and a loss. You need an experienced Las Vegas personal injury attorney you can trust and who will give you the peace of mind knowing that you have the right person in your corner. Here are some tips for choosing a lawyer in 2015.
The first thing you need to do is narrow the field. Whatever your legal troubles, you want a specialist in that field. While some attorneys do generalize their approach, you will always get a better outcome with a lawyer whose practice area is squarely within your needs. If you are dealing with a personal injury case, for example, you do not want an attorney whose primary specialty is divorce and family law. Some legal practices have attorneys who specialize in different types of law. Do some research and be sure that the attorneys on your short list have the specialties you need.
In 2015, you will find there are many tools available to you right on the Internet to aid in your search for an attorney. Look at websites like findlaw.com, which have many resources for hiring an attorney. These resources include questionnaires and online tools to find a qualified representative for your case, based on your specific legal issue. Research the website of your local state bar association, which will have guidelines and items of interest regarding local attorneys. Seek practice area directories in your region. Hiring a lawyer is much easier if you understand the specifics of your case. You need to know what information you should gather, so that you understand how to move forward. Our own blog has many articles on how to seek representation in our areas of specialty.
After you have narrowed your list down to specialists, conduct interviews and consultations. See if the attorney has free consultations, if they have a "no fee unless we win" policy, and ask these important questions: · How long have they practiced? · What kinds of cases do they usually handle? · What kinds of clients do they usually take on? · How many similar cases have they handled? · Do they have any special knowledge or training to bring to the table? · How do they bill, and what kinds of costs and fees can you expect? · Will paralegals or assistants be handing any portion of your case? · What alternative approaches to solving the case exist? · How do they handle attorney-client communications? · What is their current caseload? · What kind of information do they need from you? · Do they have references? · What is the potential range of outcomes for your case? Have you had any problems or success stories finding an attorney when you needed one? Leave a comment below--we would love to hear your thoughts!