Helping you select the right personal injury attorney in Atlanta, GA.
Finding the best lawyer for you—someone you feel confident and comfortable with—is imperative to your personal injury claim. The duration of your case will depend on several factors, and while some can be settled quickly, other cases are quite drawn out and extensive.
This is one reason we recommend you only meet with lawyers who offer complimentary consultations. If you pay out- of- pocket simply to meet a personal injury attorney and the two of you do not mesh, you will have wasted money. Meet in a professional environment without the requirement of paying for your consultation, and if you believe you and the attorney are on the same page, follow your instincts.
We want potential clients and all victims of personal injury to know that just because an attorney is highly visible does not mean he or she is highly qualified. Many lawyers featured on MARTA buses, billboards and catchy television commercials are completely capable of handling your case, but due to their case volume as a result of extensive advertising, not all of them have the time required to give it the one-on-one attention and priority it deserves. Do your research before deciding to go with an attorney simply because of the name.
We highly recommend obtaining a written retainer agreement. In many states, these agreements are required to validate a contingent fee agreement between the attorney and client. The retainer agreement will help guarantee your rights are protected. It is the written agreement between attorney and client detailing what is expected from each party, financially and otherwise. Be wary of an attorney who does not wish to sign a retainer agreement. The agreement should cover some basics such as:
Services provided by the attorney
Actions required of the client
Explanation of legal fees and how case expenses will be handled
Payment schedule, if applicable
The process to be undertaken to dissolve the relationship between attorney and client if it should become necessary to do so.
You want to ensure you hire the most relevant, experienced personal injury attorney possible. Ask for references and request to see previous client testimonials. Ask about similar cases the attorney has tried, and inquire as to whether or not the outcome was favorable. Attorney – client privilege will require that some things be kept confidential, but be sure your lawyer has specific and directly relevant experience in managing cases like yours.
Also, be aware that many attorneys depend primarily on referrals for the majority of their business. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to check with your friends and family to see if they have used a personal injury attorney in the past that they were highly satisfied with.
You can also get recommendations from your local or state bar association. The Atlanta Bar Association has a referral service called the Lawyer Referral Information Service. The Georgia State Bar does not have its own referral service, but instead it maintains a listing of different attorney referral services that it certifies as having met certain standards.
The bottom line is that you need to feel comfortable and confident with your selection of an attorney. Come and visit with us at The Bennett Law Group today and let us answer all your questions about your case. You may contact us online or give us a call at 404.541.9330. We look forward to hearing from you.