Friday, December 8, 2017

4 Questions to Ask Your Potential Lawyer (in the USA)

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We are faced with legal challenges every time and it is only with a good lawyer that you will be able to deal with the challenges successfully. Some of these challenges carry hefty penalties such as jail sentences and the loss of property and you need a good lawyer to help you get justice from legal proceedings. But how do you go about finding a great lawyer for your case? Do you simply walk into the first law firm that you come across and ask for a lawyer? Definitely not. Finding a good lawyer is much more complex than that and in this piece, we highlight some of the questions that you should ask potential lawyers so as to gauge whether they are good for your case or not.

1.      Are you experienced in this particular field of law?
This is one of the most important questions that you should ask lawyers who you are meeting for the first time. Experience is very important in the legal field especially if you are dealing with a high-value case such as a personal injury case. Experienced lawyers know what they need to do to win a case and you need such lawyers by your side to defend you. Most lawyers claim to be experienced but you should never take their word for it. You should instead ask to see the actual results from their past cases. If the results are impressive, then that is a good lawyer. But if they are not, then you should search elsewhere for legal representation.

2.      How much do you charge for legal aid?
After finding a suitable lawyer for your case, the next thing would be to ask how much they charge for their services. Experienced lawyers are quite expensive and they need to tell you how much they will charge you for representation for you to decide if you can afford them or if you will look elsewhere for cheaper legal aid.

3.       What’s the probable outcome of my case?
A good lawyer will not take your money and represent you in a case that they are not sure they will win. Some cases are dead on arrival and your lawyer should be able to tell you this after analyzing the case. This will save you time, money and the frustration of pursuing cases that lack substance and merit.

4.      What’s my role in this case?
Your lawyer should be able to tell you what your role will be in the case. If you have to bring certain documents to support your case then he or she should tell you so in advance for you to make the arrangements to avail those documents. If you have to testify in court, the lawyer should inform you how you will go about it and prepare you for the same.

You will need a good lawyer by your side if you want to win your cases in court. Above are some of the questions that will help you in your quest to find the best legal representation.

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