Finding the Right Lawyer for Your Case
Finding the right attorney for your case can seem stressful, and if you've spoken with several and haven't found the right fit, it may feel like an uphill battle. But how do you distinguish the right attorney from the wrong one? While, in some cases, it may come down to comfortability, others may not be answering the questions you want to know.
If you are just starting your process of finding an attorney or have yet to find the right one, here are some questions that can help narrow your search.
#1. What is Your Experience with Cases Like Mine?
Many firms throughout Texas have dozens of attorneys who work in every practice area possible. While this isn’t a negative thing, it can become overwhelming if you can’t distinguish who takes on cases similar to yours. If you stumble across an attorney website or listing and are trying to figure out if they may be suitable for your legal needs, this is one of the most useful questions to ask right away in a consultation.
In most instances, firms will let you know if they don’t handle a certain kind of case and may refer to a colleague who does. By asking this question, you can expedite the search process.
#2. What is Your Success Rate?
Ultimately, every client is looking for an attorney with a track record of success. That's why asking about an attorney's success rate is not uncommon and can provide you with some important context and transparency.
In most cases, the attorney’s website will have a section that details some of their success stories, case results, and client testimonials. While a lack of this information online is not indicative of a poor success rate, it can be an essential conversation starter that provides you with some much-needed peace of mind when starting the process.
#3. How Much Do Your Services Cost?
Anyone who goes through the personal injury claims process understands that there is a possibility they may be awarded compensation for their damages. However, the additional fees and expenses associated with pursuing litigation often go overlooked. There is no shame in asking an attorney what their fees and expenses are, especially if there's a possibility that your claim may go to trial since court fees can also add up.
It’s also important to know that many personal injury attorneys choose to operate on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will not owe anything to the attorney unless your case has a successful result.
#4. Will My Case Go to Trial?
It's fairly uncommon for a personal injury case to result in a trial, as many are resolved during the settlement process. However, many people find it beneficial to get an attorney's opinion on how they think the case may go.
Depending on your unique circumstances, you likely will want to work with an attorney who has trial experience and a successful litigation background.
#5. How Will I Be Communicating with Your Firm?
Knowing how and the frequency at which you will communicate with an attorney or their team is essential. Some attorneys give out their personal phone numbers, while others may prefer to have a paralegal communicate with clients. In some cases, you may only be hearing from the firm if there is a significant update in your case.
Either way, being open about communication expectations and preferences is going to be an important component of your case and for peace of mind.
Waco Personal Injury Attorneys
Law Offices Of Vic Feazell, P.C. has been serving Waco, Austin, and surrounding areas for decades and has an extensive background in personal injury litigation. Our award-winning team is highly revered in the state for a commitment to pursuing for our clients. Schedule a free consultation today by calling (254) 938-6885