What to Ask to Find the Best Lawyer for Your Case
If you’ve just been in a car wreck, you’ve got a lot of serious questions ahead of you with potentially significant health and financial consequences. One of your first priorities will be choosing your legal team so you can receive the compensation and results you deserve.
Finding the right attorney team will provide you the direction, resources, strategy, and legal expertise that fits your unique needs. Here are some essential questions to ask potential lawyers:
What is your SKILL LEVEL?
A law firm is a collection of individuals with various levels of expertise in many different areas of the law. It is critical you know the expertise of the lawyers with whom you’ll be working and that their skills are a good match for the needs of your case.
What is your TRACK RECORD?
Despite what is said about the firm and what they say about themselves, what have they actually accomplished? For whom? For how long? Answers to these questions will give you an indication of the firm’s long-term track record and effectiveness.
WHERE are your AREAS OF EXPERTISE?
A corporate or tax attorney, no matter how accomplished, may do you little good in your car accident case. You need a lawyer specialized in the unique area that your case involves. The more specific their skills meet your needs, the more they’ll likely help you.
What will a car wreck case COST me?
In other words, what’s your investment and role in your case? This includes everything from your financial obligations, to what records you’ll need to keep, to how prepared you’ll need to be if your case reaches trial. The more you know, the better it’ll go.
How does your PROCESS work?
The best lawyer/defendant teams are exactly that – a strategic, focused, and prepared team who knows what they want and how to achieve it. This involves understanding how the firm approaches a case, what their communication process is, and what the responsibilities are of each team member.
When will I get RESULTS?
Every case is different and even the best lawyers can’t provide exact answers until they immerse themselves in the case. Competent attorneys should be able to tell you, from their experience in similar cases, an approximate timetable of events. This will give you an idea of their skill level and the approximate time involved to resolve your issues.
Amy Witherite, founder and lead counsel of Witherite Law Groups, says, “One of the most crucial decisions a car wreck victim faces is in selecting their legal team. So much of the outcome and successful working relationship of a case depends on choosing the best and most appropriate attorney for your unique situation.”