What to Look for When Searching for an Attorney?
Before you contact an attorney to potentially handle your case, make sure you do your due diligence.
Contacting the right attorney, the first time saves you time and unwanted stress
With over 179 thousand licensed attorneys in the great state of New York, and over 1.3 million across the United States it can be a jarring decision to make when you are looking for not only guidance but leadership in your potential case. So how do you know who is best suited to help you and your family resolve your complaint?
Selecting the right attorney can be a time-consuming, but important process. But when finding the right product or service it is always key to do your research.
So, What is the First Step?
The first step of the process of choosing the right attorney for you is to start the research phase, of course. Start by establishing what type of lawsuit it is that you will be filing. Let’s stick with personal Injury since that is what we here at Gabriel Law specialize in. But just so you are aware there are thousands of different types of class action lawsuits, for example divorce and family law disputes, property disputes, criminal cases, and workers compensation lawsuits.
Now that we have established a personal injury lawsuit you should research personal injury attorneys that are located in your area or within your state. Make notes, view their websites, and look into their google reviews to help you in deciding whether or not the specific firm is for you or not. Another avenue you can go down is word of mouth. Ask around, when other people have had successful settlements in their own cases, they are usually very open to recommending and discussing their firms that they worked with.
It is important to remember that an attorney’s firm offers you a service, as a potential consumer of that service, you can and should evaluate the services offered from the firm. The same way you’d evaluate any other type of service you’re looking to purchase.
A Firm’s Convenience Level
The potential client must know that you are available when they need you.
If you are finding it difficult to get ahold of your new attorney than they are not worth your time
The firm you and your family decide to go with needs to make the on-boarding process as easy as possible, especially when your case involves a serious injury. That is why here at Gabriel Law we give our potential clients the option of consultation and document signings within the comfort of their own homes, if he or she cannot bring themselves to come into our office. We want to ensure that your focus is on getting healthier and recovering from your injury. If a potential firm does not offer you this level of respect, then they might not be for you.
The firm’s practice areas
While it might look like a good idea to hire a lawyer with multiple practice areas, personal injury might not be their main focus. If you have been injured in an auto accident you won’t be concerned with your attorney’s experience in estate law. You want their full day in and day out focus and experience within personal injury law and cases within that specific law practice. Hire an attorney who is dedicated to personal injuries and who works to help injured people.
When meeting with an attorney don’t be afraid of asking about their experience with similar cases and what the outcomes have been. Ask about if they see your case settling without going to trial or if trial is what you most likely are heading towards. Most personal injury cases settle outside of the court house but it is still nice to hear an attorney’s opinion on your case.
A good attorney should not be afraid to explain why he or she is qualified to handle your case. Additionally, your attorney should be able to grant you reviews from previous clients that he or she has had in the past. With the client’s permission you should be able to read positive reviews about the attorney you are meeting with.
Choosing a personal injury attorney or an attorney in general is not an easy decision for anyone. We here at Gabriel Law believe that it is very important to provide any potential client with an on boarding process with as little stress as possible. We are happy to answer any questions you might have about us becoming your attorney. For more information you can contact us at (212) 463-8888 and schedule a free consultation today.