March madness may be in full swing, but if you’re looking to hire an accident attorney, “madness” is the last thing you need. Finding an attorney that has the experience you need along with a working personality that suits your expectations can be a tough process. It is important to ask your attorney questions. That’s why it can really pay to take your time when selecting the right legal team for your particular case. We suggest asking the following “elite 8” questions before making your final decision.
- Do you have experience in cases like mine? This is an imperative question to ask, because you’ll want to make sure your attorney fully understands your situation and can build a strong legal case for you.
- Do you have time to work on my case? Some attorneys never turn away business – regardless of time constraints. But when you hire an attorney, you want to make sure he or she will make your case a priority and dedicate the time necessary to win your case.
- What is your contingency fee? Obviously attorneys don’t work for free. The contingency fee (if that’s how the attorney structures his/her fee) can vary depending on your case. It’s best to know up-front what the fee will be so you can weigh your options accordingly.
- Are there other costs involved if we don’t win the case? Obviously, winning your case is your ideal outcome, but you should know the financial repercussions (if any) if you don’t win.
- Will my case go to trial? Your attorney should expect your case to go to trial. Even a “good” settlement is difficult to obtain if you’re not prepared for a trial. While it may be difficult for any attorney to give you exact time frames, you should ask for a general outline.
- How much can I expect to get? Before you make any decisions on whether to proceed with your case, you’ll want to know how much an expert attorney considers your case worth. It can be beneficial to get a few opinions on this to more accurately set your expectations.
- Who exactly will be handling my case? Depending on the firm, the attorney you speak with initially may not be the one actually handling your case. Since injury cases require a good deal of communication, you’ll want to know upfront who your go-to contact will be.
- How will you serve me better than other attorneys? It’s a good idea to ask a potential attorney what differentiates him/her from others. Will he or she make you more money? Will he or she facilitate a speedier resolution? Understanding what each attorney does “better” than the others can help you match what’s important to you to what each attorney does well.
Remember – accident attorneys should be working for you. Give us a call today and let us tell you what differentiates us from those other options.