4 Essential Questions To Ask When Hiring A Lawyer

lawyer-interviewYou’ve been in an accident. Whether it was a car accident, motorcycle accident, or slip and fall accident, you likely suffered an injury or property damage. You now need a qualified lawyer to represent you.

However, there’s a sea of lawyers out there. How are you supposed to find the right one?

After you have narrowed down your search through referrals and online research, ask each remaining legal candidate the following four questions:


1. What is your legal experience?

You want a lawyer that is experienced in the area of law that pertains to your case. Hiring the best estate planning lawyer in Dallas may not be the best choice for your car accident lawsuit. Find out how long the lawyer has been in practice and how many cases they have won.

You can check websites such as Martindale.com, Texasbar.com, Avvo.com, and Lawyer.com for ratings and more details. Visit the lawyer’s website for legal articles, educational resources and a full list of their certifications and memberships, too.



2. Can you provide references?

The lawyer you ultimately choose to represent you should be reputable, not only in the legal community but also in their local community. Find out if you can speak to clients for testimonials and ask if they serve on community organizations or civic boards. You want a well-rounded lawyer that truly cares about their clients and the community they serve.

3. Who will be handling my case?

In some situations, your case may be handed off to a legal aid or staff member. Your case should be of the utmost importance to the lawyer you choose. Ask if they will handle the entire case or if they will have a paralegal assisting them. If the latter, get more details. 

Also, ask about the lawyer’s accessibility. Get their direct office line and email, at the least. 


4. What are your fees and will there be any additional costs?

While this may be an obvious question to ask, it’s one you shouldn’t overlook. You want a lawyer that is open and honest about their fees. Inquire about a free consultation or case evaluation. Ask about the fee structure and how you will be billed. Is it a flat fee, hourly or a contingent fee, all of which are common. Find out if you should expect to be billed for additional expenses, such as filing fees, copy fees, etc.

However, do not just choose a lawyer solely based on their fees. If you hire a cheap lawyer, there could be consequences that cost you more in the long run.


A Personal Injury Lawyer You Can Trust

If you are in need of a reputable, honest and experienced personal injury attorney, contact Amy VanDeLoo of The VanDeLoo Firm. Amy VanDeloo, who has practiced law for more than a decade, fights for her clients and has a successful track record. The VanDeLoo firm specializes in car accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, wrongful death, premises liability, and product liability. We serve the cities of Plano, Allen, Frisco and McKinney, Texas. Contact us today at 972-200-5080 to schedule a free initial consultation.