One of the most important steps for finding a great brain injury lawyer is the interview process. There are almost 1 million lawyers in the United States right now. It is essential to interview several lawyers just before you hire one to make absolutely sure that these people currently have the experience and expertise in not only personal injury but specifically in head injury law. Beyond these factors, you should be able to feel like the lawyer is on “your side” and is looking out for your interests.
You may feel comfortable enough at your first appointment to make a decision. Use your intuition once again. You will probably know when you have found the right match.
Ask the attorney how she will develop your case. You want to know that your ouverture succession notaire will gather your pertinent medical records throughout the process, not just before your hearing with an Administrative Law Judge. In addition, your lawyer should collect specific information from your treating doctors about the limitations that prevent you from working. Your lawyer will do this through the use of special disability reports and disease questionnaires. These reports will help to strengthen your case. If the lawyer you interview is not going to take these additional steps to gather evidence, you should keep looking.
You’ve shopped around, and come up with the best. Don’t just hire the first person who comes along. Make a list of lawyers you think would be suitable, then prepare a list of questions to ask. After each interview, compare the answers. When someone seems right, set up a face-to-face meeting (sometimes the fee for initial meetings is waived, sometimes not). Write down what they say and compare answers once more.
QUESTION 3. Ask how much they charge up front. You must know the fees that are involved in filing your bankruptcy. The total cost will include the lawyer’s fees plus the court fees that you need to submit to file for your bankruptcy. You may also have to pay for credit counseling classes and certifications both prior to filing and before the final discharge is granted.
FAILURE TO ASK FOR A COPY OF WHAT YOU SIGN. You should always ask for a copy of a document that you are asked to sign. In our office, when we are retained, we give the client a pocket folder with copies of the fee agreement, office policies and, in appropriate cases, the client divorce manual.
They’re not too overworked – and do most of their work themselves. You don’t want to hire a lawyer who is too busy to take on another case, nor do you want someone who has a bevy of paralegals doing most of the work for them. A rule of thumb is that one or two paralegals per attorney is a good number, meaning that they actually have enough time to talk with you about your case – and know personally what is going on. Ask if they will handle everything themselves, especially if the case goes to litigation.
If you are suing the lawyer, your claim is not exactly a “counterclaim.” Instead, what you would probably do is counterclaim under the FDCPA against the debt collector and bring a third-party suit (within the same lawsuit) against the lawyer. The pleading is just called a third-party suit and names the lawyer as third-party defendant and states your claim in the same way the counterclaim did. Then the lawyer has to be served a summons. None of this is specially difficult, but it is time-consuming. Given the questionable benefit of suing the lawyer, I rarely thought it was worth spending the extra time. You’ll have to decide what makes sense to do in your case.