Heymann & Fletcher
March 16, 2021

5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Lawyer

Practice Area: Family Law,Civil Litigation,Accidents and Personal Injury,Mediation and Arbitration,Estate Administration and Litigation,Property | Tag:

If you’re in need of a lawyer, chances are you’re walking into a new phase in your life or planning for something very important. This is why finding the right fit is so critical. You want a lawyer who listens well, fully understands your situation and goals, and can expertly represent your interests. To make sure you make the right choice, we suggest asking the following questions when choosing a lawyer.

  1. How much experience do you have in this area?
    Your lawyer's background is the key to success and comfortability with your case. The best lawyer for you will have extensive knowledge of the area of law pertaining to your needs. This will ensure that your lawyer can anticipate problems and represent you well in court or mediation.
  2. How do you communicate and how often will I hear from you?
    Communication is the foundation of any good relationship, and it’s the same between lawyer and client. Some lawyers don’t respond often to save their clients costs, but others send regular updates. You should determine the frequency and type of communication that will ensure you feel confident in your case that you are receiving the information you need to be fully informed each step of the way.
  3. How much will this case cost?
    While costs can’t always be estimated, you should know your lawyer’s hourly rate and receive a range of costs associated with your case. This will help you to determine if you can afford to be represented by this attorney or if you need to find another lawyer. Some specific, cost-related questions include: 
  • What is your hourly rate?
  • Do you charge a retainer fee?
  • Do you charge for mileage?
  • Do you have a flat fee?
  • Are payment plans available?
  1. What is your success rate for my legal area?
    Good lawyers are successful lawyers. Whether they gain their client's positive outcomes in or out of court doesn’t really matter. You want to ensure that your attorney has a successful history in your area of law to ensure that they are up to par with their peers and use their expertise to the benefit of their clients.
  2. What are the possible outcomes for my case?
    While there’s no way to predict the outcome of a legal matter when other parties are involved like in the case of divorce, litigation, and corporate law, a good attorney will make you aware of the possibilities. Managing your expectations is something every good lawyer will be an expert at to help their clients feel comfortable and prepared.

When choosing a lawyer, communication is key. Asking the right questions can save you time and money while giving you piece of mind. Contact us today if you have any questions or legal needs. We love hearing from and supporting our clients!