The FIrst Four Questions You Should Ask a Potential Attorney
With March Madness tipping off, you’re probably thinking about the Final Four. While I hope your bracket turns out great and your team makes a deep run, today I want to talk about a different four: the first four questions you should ask an attorney.
After an auto accident, you have a lot of things running through your head. It can seem like choosing the first attorney you hear about is the easiest option. In fact, it might be, but the easiest option is very rarely the best one. Now, I’m not saying you have to choose me, but I do want you to make the effort to ensure you have the right person for your case.
When you first meet an attorney they are probably going to ask you a lot of questions. That’s a good sign. Just as important, though, are the question you ask them. Remember that you’re about to hire somebody to handle something very important. Take the time to ensure that you’re making a wise decision. Every case is different, but there are a few pointed questions that can tell you a lot about the person who will represent you.
#1: Do you have experience with my type of case?
It might seem like any auto accident lawyer would be capable of handling your case. The truth is that accident law is extremely complicated. You want to work with somebody who has experience with cases similar to yours. This question is especially crucial when you’ve been involved in an accident with major injuries.
#2: Who will be handling my case?
Far too many attorneys handle the initial consultation and then pass off the rest of the work to their support staff. A team approach can be great, but you want the person you’re speaking to taking the lead on your case. Any attorney that can’t answer this question with “me” is probably pumping out a huge volume of cases with the help an army of underlings.
#3: How long will my case take?
There’s no right answer to this question, but there is a wrong one. Anybody who tells you that they’ll have a settlement ready in no time is not working as hard as they should to get you the best result. If you think interfacing with communicating with multiple insurance representatives and the at-fault party can be resolved overnight, think again.
#4: What do you want to know about me?
This classic job interview question is actually quite telling. If your attorney doesn’t want to know about you as a person, that should raise alarm bells in your head. Cases aren’t just about numbers; they are about people. In this case, that person is you.
Take the time to vet your attorney before you settle for less than you deserve. It will make a world of difference.