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Sharks, Lawyers and Law Suits – How to Choose the Right Attorney

Lawyers have an interesting reputation, while one hand and call sharks on the other hand are called saviors, it’s all a matter of perspective. Soni Law Firm is providing an education to the lawyers for solving the case in an intelligent way. A link is made between the lawyers and individuals for better understanding of the case involved.

There is a story of one lawyer who had a dog who was notorious for stealing people’s meals. In one case, the dog stole a piece of meat from a butcher store; it was a beautiful thick cut of meat, and the dog was salivating with enjoyment, clearly he was guilty. The butcher was of course angry, and knew who the dog belong to, saying to himself,” I’m going to get what’s coming to me”, and of course he did just that.

Showing up at the lawyer’s office, he asked a simple question, “If someone’s dog was running without a leash, and stole the meat from my store, am I entitled to compensation from the owner?” Without hesitation the lawyer answered, “Well of course you are.” The butcher smiled with satisfaction, saying,” Then you owe me $16.75 and I want payment now.”

Was there any cross-examination? No. The lawyer, simply opened his checkbook, and calmly drafted a check for the requested amount. The butcher’s smiled, rising from his chair and tucking the check carefully away, “I got what was coming to me” he thought walking out the door. And indeed he did, in the mail the following week was an invoice for $100, the bill was marked “consultation fees.”

Lawyer jokes abound, but when we need a good lawyer, they can be the best friend we’ve got. They’ll protect us, fight for us, advise us, and be a shoulder to lean on in times of trouble. Are they doing this free? Of course not, there is no free lunch, and you certainly get what you pay for. This is the primary reason why it’s so important to find the right accident attorney when you’re at the blunt end of an auto accident.

Lawyers are often call sharks since sharks are aggressive, tearing their victims to shreds, which is exactly what may be needed to win your lawsuit. Choose the biggest, meanest shark (lawyer), you can find.

Let me show you a few things not to do when choosing an attorney; don’t call the first ad you see on late-night television. Some of these gentlemen may be fine attorneys, while others are specializing in uninformed clients. Don’t flip through the Yellow Pages, dart in hand, hoping to stumble upon the next Clarence Darrow or Johnny Cochran. Don’t visit your local bailsman and see which attorney tacked an ad to their bulletin board.

If you’re reading this at all, then you’re a user of the Internet, the greatest tool to find a good and qualified accident attorney. A little research, possibly some minor detective work, can spell the difference between a good and great attorney. Remember the shark analogy, you want the biggest, baddest, lawyer, you can find.

If you’ve been in a car accident, and you’re recovering in the hospital, I wish you Godspeed and advise caution if an attorney should approach you. Certainly take their card, thank them for the time, but do not sign anything, instead take your time, and make and informed choice. This one choice could make a big difference in your financial future.

Okay, the painkillers have worn off, you’ve been discharged from the hospital, and it’s time to make an informed decision. First and foremost consult with family and friends, to find out if any of them can make a good recommendation. Certainly take the time to look to flip through the Yellow Pages, and call any they catch your eye.

STANDARD PRACTICE. Any good attorney will offer a free consultation.

Any attorney of merit, should I offer you a free consultation, giving you the opportunity to ask questions and receive answers. In other words, to find out what they can do for you.

WORD OF CAUTION: Make certain your initial consultation is free, and that they are taking your case on a contingency basis. This means if they don’t win the case, but they don’t get paid. If instead they charge an hourly fee, make certain that you fully understand what you’re signing up for, and the costs involved.

You might think this is strange and advice, but you should always interview your perspective attorney. Ask specifically what they can do for you and how they planned to handle your case. Find out if they personally will be doing the details or assign your case to a paralegal. While the attorney you’re speaking with, have far more legal knowledge than you; they are still working for you in this particular instance.

** Ask about prior cases they’ve tried and what their success rate was.

** Ask what associations they belong to.

** Ask if they’re involved in local community action groups.

** Ask about their experience in this particular field of law.

While it is certainly foolish to try your own case, it’s still wise to know as much as you can about your own legal situation. You never want to leave your life, and your future, completely in the hands of someone else. The more you know, the better you’re informed and the better questions you can ask. When your attorney knows, that you know what you’re talking about, they’ll take your case that much more seriously.

Lawyer jokes aside, choosing the right attorney is a decision you should not rush, it’s a decision that could affect the rest of your life.

Nicole Hennig
Nicole Hennig is a freelance writer, content writer, blogger, and also a photographer. She graduated from the University of Caloocan in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2015.

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