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Hiring an Attorney: You Are Only As Good As Your Attorney

By on Jul 23, 2014 in Criminal Blog, Divorce Blog, Personal Injury Blog | 0 comments

“What should I consider when hiring an attorney?” Sometimes prospective clients call and make appointments to meet with me at my office to discuss their cases. But some people call on the phone and hire me without seeing me in person. Often I am hired  to handle personal injury and criminal cases where the client  resides outside of Key West, Florida (or the country) and I may never meet them!  The first thing I do is listen to their recitation of the facts and ask questions. Then I evaluate the case and give my opinion of whether we can accomplish their objectives (or not). But the fundamental thing to remember is that you are only as good as your attorney. This applies to criminal, personal injury (PI) and family law cases. The following are some things to think about when you are getting ready to hire an attorney: “What are you looking for in an attorney?” You want an attorney who cares about you and your case. You do not want an attorney who is going to put your file in the cabinet and forget about it until it is time to do something. You want an attorney who is conscientious and knowledgeable about your field of law such as criminal, PI and family law cases. “Is your lawyer qualified to handle your case?” Look for a qualified, competent  trial attorney and office staff but also look to see if you like the person and the persons you will be having to work with in your case. When I say, “work with” – you are an indispensable part of the equation because you have certain obligations in your case. For instance, I tell all prospective PI clients that you will have to make yourself physically available in Key West at least 3 times during this case: for a deposition, mediation (prior to trial) and at trial. If you are not willing or able to do this then I cannot take your case. You may be in a relationship with your attorney for a long time! If you don’t like your attorney then the litigation process is not going to be pleasant. Then you can follow up on their website...

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