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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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What a Key West Personal Injury Attorney Does

What a Key West Personal Injury Attorney Does

By on May 1, 2014 in Personal Injury Blog | 0 comments

A Key West personal injury attorney has many things to contend with, the least of which is the opposing attorney. There is all sorts of behind the scenes work required in order for them to do the best job and win you the highest settlement possible for your case. You may be wondering what I am talking about. Well, let’s start with accident reconstruction. An attorney will have to work well the police department, obtaining the police report, and then hiring someone to help them reconstruct the accident, using not only the report, but eyewitness testimony, as well as your testimony about what happened. This can be very time consuming, trying to get it all right, and making sense out of conflicting reports and a pile of twisted metal. It is important that they take into consideration road and weather conditions that may have made a difference in the accident itself, such as a driving rainstorm, high winds or bright blinding sunshine. Sometimes the key to what really happened lies in the way the sun was reflecting off an object, thus obscuring the drivers line of sight and causing an accident to occur. The best Key West personal injury attorney will have a knowledgeable staff, complete with persons who know how to ask the right questions when interviewing potential witnesses. Sometimes it’s the question that doesn’t get asked that leads to trouble down the road in a court case. What you never want to have happen in court is to ask a question you don’t know the answer to. That leaves you wide open for all sorts of things to pop up and wave their ugly head around. Proper interviewing of witnesses prior to the court date is just another one of those behind the scenes things your attorney will be taking care of for you. Filing the proper paperwork at the proper time is another one of those behind the scenes things that people don’t give a thought to. Courts have many deadlines to make, and if one gets missed, then you run the risk of having your case thrown out of court before it ever gets close to a settlement. A good Key West personal injury attorney...

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