Most Common Mistakes People Make When Hiring a Lawyer
If you are a victim of medical malpractice, police misconduct, deliberate negligence, or need assistance in a wrongful death, the most valuable step you can take for yourself is to hire a qualified attorney. These difficult situations required the expertise of a lawyer who has a strong understanding of the laws in these areas and has significant experience assisting similar cases.
Without the right legal assistance, your case could slip through the cracks and you could miss out on the justice you deserve. If you or a loved one is a victim of one of these of crimes, hire the best lawyer for the job by avoiding these costly mistakes:
Shopping by price. Your case is too important to get the cheapest guys. Who are the cheapest guys? The ones who cut corners and who hire cheap inexperienced talent. You are either going to war for your future or want to avoid jail or a criminal conviction that will make getting a job difficult? Don't take the cheapest lawyer.
Hiring a lawyer by looking at his website. Don't hire just because the website looks slick. Graphics are a reflection of the web designer, not the attorney. Ask for the attorney's results in the type of case for which you are shopping. Does the lawyer have any outstanding results?
Not carefully listening to a lawyer. Listen to your lawyer. If he or she is telling you something you don't like, or that you don't understand? Get a second opinion and pay for it. A second attorney needs time to assess your case. If the first attorney gets upset by that you know he is thin-skinned and maybe not be best suited for the rough and tumble world of litigation. Get a second opinion.
Lying to an attorney. Don't lie to your lawyer, but don't volunteer everything. Lawyers are ethically bound to keep your secrets whatever they may be. Listen to your lawyer and answer his or her questions, not the ones you want to answer. We ask questions that get to the heart of the legal matter. It is common for clients to view their legal problem very differently from the way the law analyzes the case. Whatever you think may be relevant, may in fact not be at all! Listen to your lawyer.
Hiring a lawyer you can’t afford. Don't hire a lawyer if you can't afford one. At the end of the day, your lawyer may have to withdraw and all you have done is lost your money. If there is a public defender, appoint him if you can't afford a lawyer; it is better than simply losing your money and not getting full representation.
To get the best legal advice, contact Albukerk & Associates. Our firm represents clients in all types of litigation. However, our expertise is in police misconduct cases, medical malpractice, deliberate indifference, nursing home negligence and major wrongful death cases. We currently hold the record for the largest nursing home negligence settlement in McHenry County. To learn more about service that we provide please click here. If you have questions about a legal matter, get in touch with us here.