Choosing the right lawyer is important, because you may only have one opportunity to win your case. If your lawyer is ineffective or worse, you may not have the chance or the energy to try it again.
When choosing a lawyer, it's important to know that lawyers, like doctors, don't all have the same specialty. Make sure your lawyer handles accident cases -- not patent applications or divorces or criminal cases. To find the right lawyer for you, you can ask people you trust to recommend an accident lawyer in your area. If they don't have recommendations, you can also call state and local bar associations, which usually offer lawyer referral services. Get several names, so that you can shop around.
Almost all accident lawyers offer free consultations -- initial meetings in which they learn about your case and give you an idea of your prospects. You should go to several of these to see if you and the lawyer are a good match. Look for lawyers who have experience with cases like yours. If you ask, the lawyer should be able to provide information about past cases and satisfied clients. Don't hire any lawyers who make promises you don't think they can keep, are evasive, or who don't seem to respect you. Legal services are personal services, and you should be comfortable with the person you'll hire.
Nov 3, 2011 01:23 PM