When you meet your lawyer for the first time, it’s very important that you take the time to make sure this is the right personal injury lawyer for you.
There are many lawyers in Chicago, so you ought to take the time to find the best one for you and for your case. Here are three quick tips to evaluating a lawyer at your initial consultation.
First: Are You Meeting Your Lawyer?
Most of the time, you want to be meeting with the actual lawyer that will be handling your case, not a paralegal or a junior lawyer. If a law firm isn’t trying hard to win your business, do you think they are likely to try hard to win your case?
Get All the Facts
Go into your meeting with a list of questions so you make sure you get all the information you need. You should ask about:
- The lawyer’s qualifications and experience (make sure it corresponds to what you saw on the website)
- The odds of success in your case and what success means in terms of settlement or verdict
- How your case will be handled and by whom—this should include how often you can expect updates and whether you can call your lawyer
Assess the Person
While you are asking your questions, pay as much attention to how your lawyer answers as to what their answers are. After the consultation, you will need to be able to decide not only whether you trust this person but also whether you can work with him or her.
You should talk to several lawyers before making a decision.