Since legal service is just like any other product, you need to be very categorical when choosing a lawyer to handle your case. As a potential client, you need to conduct a thorough research before you can be in a better position of making an informed decision. Finding the right lawyer is not as easy as you’d imagine. You need to get a number of referrals from other businesses or professionals and then conduct your research on each of the identified candidates. When choosing the perfect lawyer for your case, you need to ask yourself the following questions:
a) How much is my case worth?
Most of the clients have this question in their minds whenever approaching an attorney. They are desperate to know how much their case will cost them. A good lawyer should have an estimation of the range of value a case would cost their client upon being approached. The value though should not be assumed as the final one because the determination of the final value of a case normally depends on other factors which a lawyer may not be aware of at present. The lawyer will need to conduct an investigation on the case before they can finally give you final value.
b) How long will it take to resolve my case?
Any lawyer who has been practising law long enough should be in a position of giving you a general guideline of how long your case is likely to last. For a long time, complex cases have been known to take considerable amount of time before they can be resolved. However, disputed liability may case a relatively simple case to take longer than expected to be resolved. In the case of a medical malpractice case, some lawyers may not even attempt to resolve a case until the client has reached a medical end result.
c) What are the chances of my case going to trial?
A good number of cases such as personal injury cases and medical malpractice cases are usually resolved by settlement. In this type of cases, a lawyer will be required to know the exact details of the accident of occurrence that gave rise to the injury, the nature of the injury and the extent of the same before they can confidently state how long the case will take to be resolved or whether it will go on trial.
d) What is the process after a lawyer is hired for my case?
Lawyers often begin by interviewing the client about the case once they have been approached. They’ll have to collect your background information and any other relevant facts about the case. If it is in the case of a medical malpractice, your lawyer will request you to sign an authorization so that they can obtain your medical records. You’ll also be required to sign a contingent fee agreement that will explain the terms and conditions of the representation. Investigations will then be carried out to determine the facts of your case. After the investigation is complete, a lawyer will send a letter of claim to the responsible party. In case a law suit is filed, then the client will be required to answer written questions, give a deposition and testify at trial.