Shopping for the right attorney is a taxing experience. Not only do you have to deal with their secretaries and lots of phone tag, but it may all be in vain if they ultimately don't feel comfortable with your case. In addition, even when you find a law firm that specializes in the type of case that you want to present, they may not provide the personalized touch that you expected. They may limit their purview of the case to the essential facts and overlook any of your personal needs or variances that make your case special. This is especially true of very large law firms that handle a high volume of cases just like yours and want to settle most of them as soon as possible. So, how do you find lawyers willing to put the extra hard work into your case? Let's consider the top 7 ways to receive personalized legal services, below.
Although the rules of professional conduct prevent an attorney from holding himself out to the public as a specialist in a certain field, they can demonstrate that they have lots of experience in your type of case. However, this may not tell the full story. Some law firms may effectively specialize in car accidents, for example, but may only spend a lot of time when the case involves serious damages. They then use these large awards for advertising purposes even if it sucks up a lot of their resources. They know that thousands of clients will line up to have their case managed by an attorney who won a $100,000,000 settlement. Nevertheless, as a starting point, you have to find an attorney who has sufficient working knowledge and experience with your type of case if you expect them to put in the extra time to personalize the services.
#2: Put Your Own Work into the Case
Because you know your case better than anyone, it is important for you to figure out the key points that you think are persuasive in obtaining the right judgment. If you are not willing to do some investigative legwork or to write a concise summary of your arguments, then you can't expect your attorney to guess and pick your brain. You have to put in your own time to ensure the best result. If you noticed alcohol on the defendant's breath after an accident, this is an important point to note. If you believe your case requires special considerations, bring them up.
#3: Keep it Simple
One of the problems that attorneys have when working with clients is that they complicate their cases. The fact is that a jury is not going to be able to follow all the little intricacies that you think accumulate to make a case. You have to be realistic about what you can actually present before a jury or judge. If you can consider some key points to focus on, this will help your attorney develop the key strategies without having to sift through your cluttered brainstorming about other issues. The law is complex enough without the claims getting complex. If you can keep the facts as simple as possible, juries and judges will be able to universally relate with the injuries and side with you.
#4: Find an Attorney with Empathy
Most attorneys are all business and may offer some crocodile tears in regards to your injury and suffering. If you find an attorney who you feel has genuine sympathy for your situation, they will provide the most effective representation. If they have some similar experiences of their own to relate with your troubles, that may be exactly what you need to put faith in them having a conscience about obtaining the best outcome. If the lawyer has some emotional stake in the case, they are less likely to push it aside to focus on other matters.
#5: Don't Jump on the Bandwagon
A lawyer who is trying to use the bandwagon-effect to make you have confidence in their skills is not likely to provide any personalized services. This is usually a superficial marketing strategy to make you think that they are the top dogs and will obtain the best result for you. Any attorney who shuffles you through a bureaucracy and makes you play phone tag to get any clear answers is not interested enough in your case to provide the level of care you desire. Beware of oversized law firms that are presenting themselves as the only game in town. They likely have a system set up for dealing with clients and cases that is about as impersonal as you can get.
#6: Smaller Offices Are Better
An attorney who keeps his overhead low is probably not running on a debt treadmill. They will likely have the extra time to provide you with the personalized service that you deserve. Although an attorney who has an office on some golden downtown property may be using his wealth as a status symbol to attract new clients, ultimately, you are paying for their extravagant tastes more than you are for legal services. Although it is not a good sign if your attorney doesn't have money to keep up repairs or appearances of his office, an attorney who is understated and lives below his means is not chasing the money. An attorney who is not in it solely for the payola will put in the level of personalized care that you need.
#7: Check Their Feedback
If you want to see if an attorney went the extra mile for their clients, simply read their online reviews. An attorney who did all those little things to make the outcome of the case spectacular will be applauded for it. Online feedback is a valuable tool that provides a transparent look into the entire dynamic of the attorney-client relationship from start to finish. This is why the Foyle Legal Law Firm has such high ratings with their clients. Our clients are eager to cheer us on when we deliver the full package.