Did you Hire the Wrong Lawyer?
No matter the reason that a lawyer is needed, you always want to hire someone that is compatible with your needs, but who is also compatible with your personality. Just as not every person in this world is ‘meant to be’ with the next, not every lawyer is suitable for your case. Working with the wrong lawyer is a decision that could leave you feeling less than confident about your case, and perhaps even with a verdict that is undesirable.
A few tips to help ensure that you’re not working with the wrong lawyer:
- Do not rush into the decision of hiring. There are far too many lawyers who will represent your case, and with a rush decision you’re far less likely to come out with the competent, professional expert that you want to hire.
- Ask for recommendations from family and friends. In many cases, word of mouth is the best way to find a service, especially a lawyer.
- Hire a lawyer who specializes in your specific type of case. For example, if you are getting a divorce, hiring a divorce lawyer is ideal. If you are dealing with a DUI, a DUI specialist is best to handle your case.
- Take the time to visit the website of the lawyer. There is a plethora of information available here. You can learn things such as the number of years the lawyer has been practicing, his area of expertise, and the college and law school he attended. This is very valuable information!
- Asking questions is the best way to get answers. Don’t be shy! I it is on your mind, ask. A good lawyer will be more than happy to answer any and all questions that you might have.
Are you working with the wrong lawyer? Here are a few obvious signs that indicate you might very well be.
- Lawyer does not return phone calls or answer emails
- Lawyer does not show up in court for scheduled appearances, is late or unprepared for the case.
- Promises you a win in court. There isn’t a lawyer out there who can make such a promise, and if you are working with a lawyer who is, it is time to run as fast as you can!
- The lawyer adds expenses not included in the original amount or otherwise charges you incorrectly.
- The office is unorganized; office employees seem to be unhappy.