Not all lawyers are created equal. With so many options and questions, it can be overwhelming to try to find the right personal injury lawyer for you and your unique situation. These tips can help ensure you’re making the right decision.
1. Do Your Research
It can be daunting to try to pick one of the countless personal injury lawyers to take on your case. That’s why doing your research is so essential. Look for a lawyer who specializes in the area of practice that your case relates to. Referrals and recommendations can also be a great place to start when looking for a lawyer that suits your needs.
2. Assess Their Credentials
There are obvious credentials that all practicing lawyers must meet, such as passing the bar exams. However, exploring the additional qualifications that your lawyer or law firm has is an excellent way to get a better understanding of their credibility. Look for lawyers who are members of The Canadian Bar Association, The Ontario Bar Association or The Law Society of Ontario. Additional credentials can include being associated with educational institutions or non-profit organizations.
3. Ask Questions
Once you have found a lawyer that meets your set of requirements, it’s time to set up a consultation. We offer a free case evaluation that you can take advantage of. Your initial consultation is the perfect time to ask as many questions as possible to ensure that you’re making the right choice. Think of it like a job interview! You wouldn’t hire someone without knowing all about their qualifications and history, and the same should be true for your lawyer. Take this opportunity to ask about further qualifications, their experience or cases won, as well as testimonials from previous clients.
4. Determine Fee Structure
Your lawyer’s fee structure should be included as part of the discussion in your initial consultation. Your lawyer should want you to focus on your healing and finding justice - not how you’re going to pay their fees. Determine if your lawyer's fee payments are based on a percentage of money you obtain in a lawsuit, so that you don’t have to worry about finding the money out of your own pocket.
5. Trust Your Instincts
At the end of the day, you need to feel comfortable and confident with the lawyer you choose. They will be discussing and handling your personal case and all the information that comes along with it. So, ensuring that you feel comfortable and open with them is an essential part of the process. You should walk away from your consultation feeling confident in their abilities and trusting them to look out for your best interests. Doing a simple ‘gut check’ and trusting your instincts will help you make the right decision for your individual situation.
When it comes to personal injury law, you can trust that Beckett is your best choice. Our team of compassionate, experienced lawyers thrive on fighting for your rights. We’ll be by your side every step of the way. Contact us today for your free evaluation!