Resuming 8 Questions to Ask a Personal Injury Attorney during an Initial Consult (Pt. 1), here, we’ll continue to reveal some important things to ask when meeting with a lawyer for the first time. Getting the answers to these questions can help you determine if a certain legal professional is the right person to represent you.
More Important Questions to Ask a Montgomery Personal Injury Attorney
3 – How soon will you get my case started? What will this involve?
Asking about fees and the plan for your case are two more important questions to ask a Montgomery personal injury attorney during an initial consult. Here’s why.
This is an important to ask each Montgomery personal injury attorney with whom you meet, as it can give you an idea if a lawyer:
- Is ready to start taking action with your case – Just because you retain a lawyer does not mean that (s)he will immediately start working on your case. In fact, if the statute of limitations for your case is generous, a lawyer may take your case but not actually start doing anything on it for weeks, months or potentially even longer. So, make sure you retain a lawyer who has a clear plan of action that involves getting your case started ASAP.
- Currently has enough time to devote to your case – Similar to the above point, a lawyer may take your case on but put off working on it because, at the moment, his or her plate is full. Again, you probably want to avoid retaining a lawyer who will not make your case a priority.
4 – What is the value of my case?
While you may not get a specific number in the answer to this question, the answer can still be very telling, as it should inform you about:
- The potential financial recoveries (within a range), giving you clearer expectations about your case
- How honest a lawyer may be, as promises or guarantees that seem too good to be true likely are.
5 – What are your fees?
An experienced Montgomery personal injury attorney will not charge you any legal fees upfront. Additionally, make sure that the answer to this question is specific and reasonable (within the industry standard). You may also want to ask if you will have to pay any legal fees if the lawyer doesn’t succeed in recovering compensation for you (and the answer to this question should be “no;” don’t hire an attorney who will charge you fees for losing your personal injury case).
For some final questions to ask a Montgomery personal injury attorney, be sure to check out the upcoming conclusion to this blog series.
Birmingham and Montgomery Personal Injury Attorney at Joe Reed & Associates, LLC
When others’ negligence, recklessness or carelessness ends up hurting you or someone you love, you can count on a Birmingham and Montgomery personal injury attorney at Joe Reed & Associates, LLC to be aggressive advocates for your rights. For more than 16 years, we have been dedicated to the pursuit of justice in every case we oversee, and we are ready to put our experience to work helping you.