Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Business Attorney – Part 1

Most people hope they never need to hire an attorney, but it is likely at some point you will need one. Whether it is divorce, criminal charges, personal injury or an employment matter, you will want to hire a lawyer that is right for you. Below are a few tips on how to choose the right attorney to handle your case:

Follow your Gut

Following your instincts is one of the most important things you can do in selecting a lawyer. You must determine if you are comfortable with this person because you will be talking about private, intimate or often tough details about your life. You need to feel like your attorney is on your side and has your best interests as his/her top priority. If you feel like you are being judged or made to feel awkward about your situation, then you need to find somebody else to work with.

Ask Who Will Work on Your Case

Most people assume that the attorney they meet with in their initial consultation will handle every aspect of their case, but this sometimes is not the reality. Lawyers depend heavily on paralegals, secretaries and other support staff. However, you need assurance that the attorney will be heavily involved and accessible to you throughout your lawsuit. In fact, it is important to know that their will be open communication between you and your lawyer.

Understand the Plan

While you want to know that your attorney has a plan for your case, be wary of an attorney who acts like he/she knows exactly what will happen in your case. You don’t need to hear the lawyer tell you want he/she thinks you want to hear. You need to hear the best and the worst-case scenarios. You need honesty. Your lawyer should understand that you will need a plan and a back-up plan, because you want to be prepared for whatever comes your way.

Experience Matters

You don’t need to know the lawyer’s win/loss record, but you should ask about his/her experience in handling cases like yours. This is particularly true for highly specialized areas of law, including drafting, negotiating and litigating employee retention agreements. Besides, it’s difficult to define what is a win or a loss. It is all about getting results that are best for you and your circumstances.

With over 36 years of experience providing sophisticated legal advice on business matters and related litigation, Mailly Law is here to help. With our structure, you work with the same attorney who gets to know your culture and anticipates your legal needs. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.