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What to Ask an Attorney Before Hiring Them

May 28, 2020 Personal Injury

When you need an attorney, choosing the right one can seem overwhelming. Personal injury attorneys aren’t hard to find, but you should be intentional when selecting the person who will be your advocate. Knowing what to ask an attorney before hiring them can help you determine who is the best fit for your case.

There are a few things to keep in mind about searching for a lawyer. You’ll want to think about…

  • The attorney’s experience.
  • The results an attorney has achieved for their clients.
  • How comfortable you feel with the attorney.

Basically, you want to trust that this attorney will be able to deliver the results you deserve. You’re looking to uncover the reasons you should choose them over other lawyers. So, let’s look at what to ask an attorney before hiring them.

What is Your Experience with My Type of Case?

You want a lawyer who is experienced, and the more experience they have with your case type, the better. Consider reaching out to the firm about what their past clients say. Personal injury law firm websites often have results and testimonials or reviews readily available. After reviewing their website, you can then go online to verify what you have seen – and also locate other sites that host their own reviews. Most review sites focus on feedback from consumers; however, some review sites even provide feedback from other attorneys.

What Results Have You Achieved for Your Clients?

Ask an attorney about the results they’ve earned for their clients. They will be able to tell you what cases they won and how those clients benefitted from their legal representation. If an attorney is vague, don’t shy away from pressing them for details. Even if confidentiality agreements limit the details they can provide, general information about similar cases with successful recoveries can still be provided – and may give you peace of mind even if these are never a guarantee of the specific outcome of your own case.

How Much Do You Charge for Your Services?

No one likes talking about money. You might feel awkward bringing up this topic, but you should absolutely know how an attorney would bill you for their services. When clients ask us how we bill them, we’re happy to tell them we work on a contingency fee basis. Here at the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant, we have a No Fee Guarantee. This means we are not paid unless you are paid. We work on a contingency fee basis – like many other Texas personal injury lawyers. This means we are paid a percentage of your total recovery. If there is no recovery, there is no fee. We also offer free consultations to make sure that a client bears no expenses unless their case is successful. An attorney should not feel awkward about telling you how they bill you, so don’t hesitate to ask this question.

How Do You Approach These Cases?

If an attorney has been through this process before, they will gladly give you a summary of what their general approach looks like. It helps to have a basic understanding of what you can expect as your case unfolds, so rely on the attorney to tell you a little more about their plan. Even if they can’t offer specifics, they should still be capable of giving you the big picture.

Being Mindful of How You Feel with an Attorney

While you ask these questions and have a conversation with an attorney and their staff, pay attention to how you feel. Are you comfortable with this team? Do you feel like you can talk to them or reach out with questions? Your comfort level should be one of your biggest considerations in the hiring process. So, when thinking about what to ask an attorney before hiring, don’t forget to factor in their demeanor and how that matches your own preferences for a lawyer.

What to Ask an Attorney Before Hiring Them

You might have your own list of questions specific to your case. You should definitely ask those questions. Ultimately, you want to know why you should hire a specific lawyer and law firm. This is your opportunity to get the answer to that question. Feel free to press for details on your questions, and don’t feel pressured to hire a firm if you don’t believe they’re a good fit.

Let Us Tell You Why We’re the Right Fit

We encourage every potential client to ask us questions about our approach to personal injury cases. Our team takes pride in being open and available to those we represent. Our attorneys are happy to talk about our case results, our relationships with our clients, and what our plans will be for your case.

Take advantage of a free consultation with the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant. You are under no obligation to proceed if you don’t want to. We know how important your case is to you, so we don’t take it personally when you have questions you want to ask an attorney before hiring them.

Would you like to start the conversation? If so, all you need to do is reach out to the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant. You can fill out our online contact form or simply give us a call at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000. Schedule a free case review so that we can learn more about you and your case, and you can learn more about us and our expertise.

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