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Title Slide: What to Look for When Hiring an Attorney
Q1: What questions would you ask if you were looking to hire an attorney?
Attorney Lane Fitzgerald:
Well, when you hire an attorney, you want to know, in essence, what their experience is with your particular situation, whether it be bankruptcy law, family law, criminal law.
You want to know the types of cases they’ve handled before, maybe their success rates. Success rates can vary a lot, not so much because of the attorney, but the facts of the case or the district attorney assigned to your case.
For criminal defense that as a lot of weight and bearing on that. The other thing you should ask, the one thing you should ask about is money. You should ask what you should expect to pay, what will increase or decrease their costs, and whether or not that attorney or that law firm has a payment plan that you can get involved with so you don’t have to put so much down up front, what that payment plan would be, what are the intervals, etcetera. Those are some of the big things that you want to ask.
The other thing that you’ll want to ask is whether you’ll be having an attorney work on your case or if you’re going to have, in essence, a paralegal or a legal assistant working on your case, because that’s going to make a huge difference as well.
Attorney Ashley Renz:
Some of the things I’d be looking for would be ‘does the person have the time to take my case? What are their specialties? Do they work a lot in the area that I need them to? Obviously, what types of fees would they be charging?’ Those are the main areas I’d be focusing on, and then definitely ‘Do you think you can trust that person?’
Attorney Brad Schweiger:
If I was hiring an attorney, I would ask about their experience . I’d like just have a conversation with them, because you want to make sure that you connect with your attorney and you’re able to work with that person.
There are some attorneys and clients that just – you see it all the time in the courtroom – they have different personality types and they can’t work well together. You want to make sure that you can work with your attorney, that you’re comfortable with your attorney and their knowledge, and that they’re experienced in the area that you need help in.