What to Expect When You Call or Meet a Personal Injury Lawyer About Your Case
To meet with or even talk to a lawyer by telephone about a legal problem should not be intimidating, but it is for a lot of people. In fact, I have had clients explain the reason for waiting so long to hire a lawyer was at least partly caused by the fear or dread of speaking to a lawyer. Lawyers are just people who happen to know basic aspects of law and how to apply that law to certain situations. Any lawyer who acts in a way that causes potential a client to feel that talking to them is a privilege is not a good lawyer to hire.
Like any other important issue in your life for which you need professional help, you should not make quick or hasty decisions when it comes to hiring any one lawyer. Yes, you can and should shop around for a lawyer. You should investigate potential lawyers, even if you have been referred to a specific lawyer by a friend or acquaintance. However, many people don’t do this. They go with the first lawyer they talk to on the phone, even if they have bad vibes during that first phone call. Some will then commit to an appointment, and feel obligated to show up ready to sign a contract to hire the lawyer, even if they feel uneasy during that first face-to-face meeting.
So, how do you find a good lawyer? Getting potential names are relatively easy. Ask your friends, neighbors, and search the internet. There are also lawyers who advertise on TV. Regardless of where you get the name, here are some things to know when talking with a personal injury lawyer you are considering hiring:
- You can call and talk to a personal injury lawyer about the facts of your case and the law without being charged a fee. Personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means there is no fee until they collect money on your behalf. You cannot be charged a fee until you sign a contract with the lawyer. Bottom line: Talking to a personal injury lawyer is always free.
- Just because you call and talk to a lawyer does not mean you have to hire that lawyer or their law firm. In fact, many lawyers will tell you that they are not your lawyer until you sign a contract retaining them. So, you can call and talk to as many lawyers as you wish without being committed to any of them as a client.
- You are not obligated to hire a lawyer just because you talked to a lawyer on the phone or in a personal meeting and got free advice.
- You can tell the lawyer you are not ready to hire them. You can even cancel any personal appointment made over the telephone or just not show up for an appointment, without being charged a cancellation fee.
Like any other person, lawyers have different personalities and different ways of communicating. So, you should like the lawyer you ultimately hire and feel confident they have your best interest at heart.
If you would like to discuss your case with us and see if we are the right fit for you, give us a call today 918-743-3306.