Common Mistakes People Make When Hiring an Attorney
If you ever find yourself on the wrong side of the law or feel aggrieved by a situation that warrants legal recourse, it’s best that you consider hiring professional help. With education and experience on their side, an attorney will help you understand the avenues you have available and advise you about your best course of action.
Unfortunately, while seeking the services of a professional, people are swayed by a number of factors, and all too often, these parameters are erroneous. As a result, they opt for less than satisfactory professionals who in turn deliver frustrating results.
At TJ Cade Law, LLC, we understand the importance of finding the right lawyer, and to help you make correct decisions and avoid some expensive errors, we have put together a list of the most common mistakes people make when hiring an attorney.
1. Thinking that the larger is the law firm, the better is the service.
Often in larger law firms, it’s harder to get an attorney’s personal attention. Also, many larger law firms hire attorneys fresh out of law school with little experience. Although these attorneys have the backing of the firms, they do not have adequate experience in the ways of the law. Therefore, you cannot assume that a larger firm will yield experience. If you want services to be more personalized, a smaller but proficient and customer oriented firm may be better suited to your needs.
2. Hiring attorneys whose fees are costly means the best services will be offered.
The more expensive the attorney does not necessarily equal to the best for your case. Most seasoned attorneys charge fees based on the complexity of the case. These attorneys have a business model that includes better affordability for the average person. Seasoned attorneys with affordable business models prove that lower rates do not necessarily mean less experience. The only way to really know how much experience an attorney has is to set up a consult.
3. Hiring a law firm based on advertised years of experience.
Many law firms advertise their aggregate experience to look better in the eyes of the potential client. Firms having a large aggregate number of years of experience does not mean the attorney assigned to your case will also be experienced. At times an attorney assigned to your case might be fresh out of law school or learning a new area of law not yet familiar to them.
4. Hiring a law firm based solely on its advertisements.
Advertisements can be deceiving. The best results in the most prominent cases are often used in ads, and so on. It is best practice to set up a consult and meet with the prospective attorney to interview them, discuss the facts of your case specifically, and see if the attorney is a good match for you both professionally and personality wise.
5. Hiring an attorney without a written agreement.
Things may look great, your consult went well, and you want to hire the attorney. However, it would be best if you memorialized the terms of the relationship in a contract. Don’t forget that no matter how good you feel about the lawyer, life can take twists and turns. If things go awry, it is best to have a contract to fall back on. This protects both the client and the attorney. The contract should address whether any portion of the retainer is refundable, where pre-paid fees are kept if applicable, what is your role in the case, and what is their role in the case.
6. Hiring the first attorney you meet.
There is nothing wrong with shopping around. You might find that the first attorney you spoke to had knowledge of the law, but the next one may not only know the law but may also be a better and more interested advocate for your case. You can make better hiring decisions by setting up a consult. A consult isn’t just about telling the attorney about your case to see if they can help you. It is also an opportunity for you to meet, get to know, and interview the attorney a bit. After all, you are their employer on your case.
At TJ Cade Law, LLC, we have the legal expertise and in-depth knowledge of various areas of the law to help you to avoid these common mistakes as well as others and assist you with your legal needs.
As family, criminal defense, and estate planning lawyers in Lake Worth, FL, and the surrounding areas, we provide dedicated and effective legal counsel to you. With over eleven years of legal experience, we are equipped to guide and counsel you on how to overcome your legal challenges. We are diligent and effective in our service, and prompt and transparent in our communication with you. We assure you that you will be kept informed and involved at every stage of your case.
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