Have You Successfully Worked on Cases Similar to Mine?
It is important to find out what your potential lawyer’s track record is before you hire him or her. There is no reason not to be blunt on your first meeting. Ask how many cases like yours your lawyer has had, and then ask how many cases had a successful outcome. You want to know how your lawyer works so that you know what to expect. Although there are no guarantees, you can feel better about hiring someone who has worked on and had successful outcomes with cases just like yours in the past. You can know that he or she will use that experience to help you.
How Often Will We be in Contact?
Since it is important to stay up to date on your case, you should find up upfront how often you will be notified. Find out if you will be talking to your attorney a few times a week, weekly, or bi-weekly to get updates on the progress of your case. Find out if your lawyer will contact you right away as soon as there is new information regarding your case. You want to be sure that your attorney is going to communicate well with you before you hire him or her to represent you.
Are There Ways to Solve My Case Out of Court?
If you want to bypass the courtroom, ask your lawyer if he or she knows of any alternatives. You may be able to settle out of court or find cheaper and faster options to get results if you do not want a long court battle.
Find Out About Payment Options?
Good lawyers can be expensive to hire, so you want to ask about all prices upfront. In some cases, you may not have to pay anything unless you win a settlement. In other cases, you may have to pay the bill yourself if you sue someone and are not successful. You want to find out if your potential law firm offers payment plans or wants all fees paid upfront.
Most lawyers will offer a complimentary meeting where you can find out all of the questions that you need to know. Your lawyer will hear your legal troubles and tell you if he or she thinks she can help you. Ask all questions then so that you are not surprised later on.