5 things you need to ask yourself before you hire an attorney
1. Does this attorney have the necessary knowledge and experience to
handle my specific type of case?
There are many different types of attorneys and levels of experience. Make sure you are
comfortable and confident that he is the right type and has the experience to win your case and
get you the most money possible.
2. How many cases does he currently handle and will he have time to handle
In many large law firms attorneys handle upwards of 400 cases at a time. Do you want to
get lost in a stack of paperwork or be someone he has the time to really get to know? Ask
specifically how many cases he is currently handling.
3. When I call or have questions will I be able to reach him directly or get a
prompt call back?
Having access to your attorney is key to the success of your case and the overall experience you
will have. Find out if you are going to be dealing with receptionists, secretaries or paralegals
instead of your actual attorney. Better yet find an attorney who deals directly with his
4. Does he speak in terms I can understand and does he spend the time to
listen to my questions and concerns?
Attorneys can be notorious for using legal terms and language that can be confusing for
those who haven’t spent years in law school. They also have a tendency to rush through
appointments in order to see more clients. Do you feel confident that you will get the clear
language and the attorneys’ time that you deserve? If there is any hesitation, find an attorney
who you feel comfortable with.
5. Are his fees reasonable?
Many people don’t realize that these fees vary from attorney to attorney. Make sure you
know upfront what those fees are and also what expenses are going to impact your case. Even
though attorneys can’t guess the outcome, based on their experience they should be able to
give you a breakdown of how a typical case like yours could end up and how that will look like
financially for you.