Whether you need an auto accident attorney or criminal defense lawyer, it’s important to choose the “right” attorney to handle your case. But what does that mean? When you choose an attorney to handle your case, knowledge and experience in the specific area of your case are the most important factors. Over time, most attorneys gravitate toward one or more practice areas where they will accept cases. As an example, you may find attorneys who handle only auto accident cases. Others are general practice attorneys and will accept cases in all different areas of law.
As with most things, the more experience one gains in a specific area, the more competent one typically becomes. If you have been in an accident and need an auto accident attorney, you may wish to search for one who focuses his or her practice on auto accidents. The benefit here is that the attorney will likely be current on all new case law and have resources readily available to handle an auto accident case.
Many individuals beginning their search for an attorney ask friends or relatives for a referral; some go through an attorney referral service or search online; others may call because they saw a commercial on TV. No matter how you get the name of the attorney or law firm initially, it is important to ask the right questions to ensure the attorney is “right” for your case.
Here are a few thoughts on selecting an attorney to handle your case:
- Schedule initial consultations with several attorneys. Depending on the practice area, many offer free consultations.
- If a family member has a lawyer they think is great but who does not handle your type of case, call that attorney anyway and ask if he or she can recommend an attorney in your area who does.
- Compile a list of questions to ask each attorney at your consultation. Include questions that ask about the attorney’s experience (number of cases of this type handled), the process you can expect to go through, how and how often you can expect updates on your case, and what is expected of you as the client. You may also wish to ask the attorney if he or she has ever been disciplined by the Bar Association.
Finally, while education and experience are important, there is also a “fit” factor that is relevant: the attorney-client relationship is a two-way street; you must be comfortable with the attorney who will handle your case. Merritt Webb has over 40 attorneys with a wide range of experience to handle your case. We also offer a free consultation on many different types of cases. Please contact us today to learn more.