Checklist for Hiring an Attorney
Once you’ve determined that your problem requires legal representation, there are questions you will need to ask yourself – and especially the lawyer you hire – because hiring an attorney is a decision that should be based on more than just an understanding of your case.
You need a legal team that you’re comfortable with, one that will truly listen and respond to your concerns, big or small. Here are questions you might consider asking:
- What types of cases does your firm take on regularly?
- What professional organizations do members of this firm belong to?
- Does your firm handle many cases like mine?
- If so, have you had any similar trials in the past three to five years?
- Do any of your attorneys specialize in cases like mine?
- Will those attorneys act as lead counsel for my case or will they only function as consultants? (i.e., Will my case be reassigned to a junior partner or paralegal?)
- What kind of staff support should I expect for my case?
- What were the results in terms of settlements or verdicts for cases similar to mine?
- Does your firm have experience in appeals?
- Who’s my primary contact person with the firm?
- What is his/her position?
- How will he/she communicate with me? (Letter, email, phone call, etc.)
- How will you inform me of developments in my case and how will I receive copies of documents, such as correspondence and anything that you file in court, throughout the representation?
- If I reach out for information, how quickly should I expect a return phone call or email?
- Do you have testimonials I can read or past clients who would be willing to speak to me about their case?
- What kind of experts have you worked with to assist you with the examination and presentation of cases similar to mine?
- What is your firm’s approach to payment?