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♦ Selecting the Right Attorney For Your Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Case – Part 2

♦ Selecting the Right Attorney For Your Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Case – Part 2

In Part 1 of this blog, Selecting the Right Attorney for your Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Case the initial steps for building a list of prospective attorneys and legal firms that may be right for your need were discussed. Now that you have completed a list of possible law firms based upon your initial research, picking up the phone and contacting them is your next step. You’re initial phone conversation can provide useful insights. Does the attorney seem distracted or in a hurry just to schedule an appointment without taking any time to speak with you first? If they can’t take the time to talk with you on the phone, they are probably going to be one of those attorneys who will not have time to give attention to your case or return your phone calls later when you want the status of your case. If the attorney seems knowledgeable, caring, and willing to answer your preliminary questions, then request an initial consultation. Most firms offer an initial consultation in personal injury matters at no charge to you, so feel free to meet with more than one firm if you are unsure of the fit after the initial consultation. In that initial meeting, question the attorney about his or her background and experience in the kind of injury claim you have. Find out if the attorney specializes in that area of law. Make sure that you ask about the attorney’s trial experience, because you want to make sure you hire someone who is willing and able to take your case to trial if settlement negotiations are unsuccessful. Not all...
♦ Selecting the Right Attorney For Your Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Case – Part 1

♦ Selecting the Right Attorney For Your Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Case – Part 1

Your mail box, your TV, and your phone book are full of advertising by law firms – all claiming to be the best firm to handle your personal injury or wrongful death claim. In the “old days,” such promotion did not exist as law firms were not legally allowed to advertise their services to injury or wrongful death victims or their families. As a result, clients found their way to a good firm simply by word of mouth from other satisfied clients. In more recent times, because marketing to injury victims is now allowed, virtually all firms engage in some kind of advertising, whether they want to or not, in order to stay competitive, and make sure that prospective clients are aware of options beyond just those firms who have decided to make the most “noise.” The end result is that prospective clients can become overwhelmed and find it difficult to decide which firm is really the best fit for their particular case. This article is intended to provide some helpful steps for wading through that attorney selection process. Ask people you know and respect whether they have a law firm that they trust who has helped them with a similar situation in the past. That way, you have a first-hand reference of who to contact or who to avoid for an initial consultation. Review the websites of legal firms you believe might be a good fit. Take a look at the attorney profiles listed and the information about their education and experience level in handling the kind of claim presented. Has the firm been around a long time,...