Hiring a lawyer is a wise choice, and in certain circumstances, a necessary one. It brings a great advantage to you in your case, and can even alleviate some of the stress that is associated with navigating the legal system.
In fact, whether you are defending yourself against criminal charges, obtaining divorce or resolving other family legal issues, or pursuing damages after suffering a serious personal injury, an attorney Before you hire an attorney is often one of the first things you should do.
But how do you know which attorney to hire? To answer that question be sure to consider the following factors:
- Compare Your Legal Need to Your Attorney’s Practice Areas
Hiring an attorney who is familiar with and experienced in the practice area in which your legal need falls is essential. For example, hiring a personal injury attorney to manage your family law need wouldn’t be sensible, nor would hiring a car accident attorney if you’ve been bitten by a dog. Consider the cause of your injury or your legal need, and be sure to search for a legal professional who is well-versed in that practice area.
- Fee for Service
Another important consideration is how much the attorney you hire will charge, and what type of fee system they maintain. There are multiple different billing methods that lawyers use including:
- Retainer fee. A retainer fee is a sum of money that is paid to an attorney in order to retain their services.
- Hourly fee. An hourly fee is the most common way that attorneys (with the exception of personal injury attorneys) bill clients. The amount that an attorney charges per hour varies on a case-by-case basis, so it’s important to ask.
- Flat fee. Less common is the flat fee, in which the client pays one, single fee throughout the course of the legal process.
- Contingency fee. The majority of personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, in which the attorney’s fee is contingent on the winnings of the client.
If you are pursuing a personal injury suit and are asked to pay a retainer fee, flat fee, or hourly fee, you might want to think twice – most good personal injury attorneys won’t charge you unless your case is successful.
- Attorney Experience
The experience of your attorney could have a significant effect on the outcome of your case, and is therefore a crucial factor to consider before hiring a lawyer. Experience not only typically means a more developed and refined skill set, but also a better relationship with those in the court system, including expert witnesses, judges, prosecutors, clerks, and more. An attorney who knows what they’re doing and has more connections may be more effective at managing your case.
- Case Results and Reviews
Finally, you should ask about the attorney’s results in cases like yours before your hire him or her. Hiring an attorney who has a history of success in the practice area that your case falls into will be more advantageous than hiring an attorney who has lost cases time and time again.
In addition to case results, consider doing an online search to determine whether or not the attorney has any professional or client reviews. If the reviews aren’t positive, you may want to consider working with someone else.
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At the office of the Alsobrook Jackson Law Firm, our attorneys have extensive experience representing clients, a track record of success, and positive client reviews you can feel good about. If you have a legal matter, we want to help you. Please contact us today at 334-737-3718 to schedule a consultation with our lawyers, or send us a message online and we’ll get in touch with you shortly.