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5 Things to Consider When Hiring an Attorney
Typically, people don’t need the services of an attorney unless they are experiencing some type of serious issue. Those issues often involve some sort of dispute with another person or a brush with the law. In other words, you need an attorney when something unpleasant has happened.
Clients who come to us have usually suffered a serious injury.
Even picking the right attorney to meet your needs can seem like a challenge. If you’ve never needed the services of a lawyer, how do you know which one to choose? There are several different law firms, and different attorneys provide different services. It can be confusing, even overwhelming, at times.
If you are considering hiring an attorney, here are five things to keep in mind.
1. Look for an attorney that specializes in the type of legal issue you are facing.
Not all attorneys handle the same types of cases. If you need a will or a power of attorney, you should search for an attorney with estate planning experience. If you need assistance in a criminal matter, contact a criminal defense attorney. At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we help clients who have suffered serious injuries or death due to another’s negligence.
2. Look for an attorney that practices law where you live or in the area where your legal issue is taking place.
Most attorneys practice law in a single state. Though firms will have attorneys that practice in several states and some attorneys can practice in more than one state, look for an attorney that practices in your state. It is also helpful to have an attorney that has an office in your area, even within a certain state. For example, if you live in Houston, look for an attorney that has offices in the Houston area. While that is not a requirement, it might make your life easier if you need to be in constant contact with your lawyer.
3. Consider the experience of the attorney.
This is one of the most important things that you should remember when looking for an attorney. Do they have a track record of success? Are they in good standing with the state bar? Do they have good client reviews online? You want to find an attorney that has a reputation for getting results for their clients.
4. How much will the attorney charge you?
You don’t want to hire an attorney unless you know how they will charge you for their services. Some lawyers will charge large fees regardless of the results obtained. Different types of billing are used in different areas of the law. Our firm knows our clients need compensation for a costly injury and, thus, might not have the financial means to pay a large legal fee. In an effort to help every accident victim that calls us, we offer a free initial consultation. That’s also why we offer a No Fee Guarantee, so our clients don’t have to pay our legal fees unless we win their case.
5. Do you feel comfortable with the attorney?
If an attorney you’re considering offers a free consultation, take advantage of that. This first conversation will give you an idea of what it likes to work with the attorney/firm, and also helps the attorney assess the merits of the potential claim and their ability to help. How are you treated in your consultation? Are they upfront about challenges your case might face? Do they already begin to manage your expectations about the process involved, and the time typically needed for successful resolution? These are important questions to ask yourself after a consultation.
If you have any more questions about hiring an attorney, or if you’d like to schedule a free consultation about your injury claim, contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law by filling out our online contact form or calling us at 1(800) 444-5000.