Choosing a Lawyer

Picking a lawyer is a very intense and personal process. Typically people hire lawyers when they are at a crisis point in their lives. They may be scared, angry, and nervous about the future. You will have to share personal information to your lawyer that you may have never shared to others before. Often times, you will be dealing with your lawyer for at least a few months and in some cases much longer. So it is important that you find a lawyer with whom you feel comfortable and who you can trust to do what is best for you. The best way to start is to shop around and do thorough research. 

 

Experience & Practice History

Above all, you must hire an attorney that has ample experience. More specifically, the attorney should have a history of successfully handling cases that are similar to yours. For example, if you are charged with a DUI, your best bet is to hire an attorney that has a successful and spanning history of winning or resolving DUI cases, not domestic violence cases. Usually experience is commensurate with how long the attorney has been practicing law, but this is not always the case. However, it is imperative that you ask the attorney about his or her experience in resolving cases that are similar to yours. 
 

Education

If you want to get an idea of an attorney's background, you might ask them where they went to college as an undergraduate and for law school. This may be a valuable question if the attorney is new to a practice or has recently been admitted to the bar. Their involvement in their school's publications or organizations can give you a good idea of their interest areas and level of dedication to the field.
 

Personal Goals

Lawyers can pursue specialized degrees beyond a Juris Doctor (J.D.). If they choose to, an attorney can pursue a degree in areas such as tax law, intellectual property, corporate law, environmental law, and many others. At the Coye Law Firm, our attorneys are aware of the changing world around them and the knowledge needed to serve clients' legal needs. Technology and education are important to our practice and can be reviewed at the Attorney Profiles page.
 

Limitations

An experienced legal representative can help you recover benefits, back wages, or payments for a variety of reasons. However, there are some limitations to their abilities. A case may not have enough evidence or basis to win in court, so an attorney might not be willing to take it. This is because ethical attorneys don't want to waste a client's time or money for a claim that won't be successful. Lawyers cannot guarantee an outcome to a lawsuit because of ethics standards. To do this would mislead a client. 
 

Questions to Ask Your Potential Lawyer

 
  • How long have you been practicing in this field or area of law?
  • How many clients do you have on average?
  • How many hearings and trials have you done in the last 6 months? How did they turn out?
  • Have you ever handled matters like mine before?
  • Do I have a case?
  • If so, what about my case makes you best qualified to help me?
  • What is your philosophy? Do you try to settle cases or do you always go to court? Do you go to court when necessary?
  • What are the possible outcomes of my case?
  • What are my alternatives in resolving the matter?
  • Do I even need a lawyer?
  • Approximately how long will my case take to finish?
  • Who all will be working on my case?
  • How often will I expect to communicate with your assistants? How often with you?
  • What is your contingency fee and/or hourly rate? Do you have payment plans?

At the Coye Law Firm, we offer legal services meant to recover the most for clients within the law. Intuitive and analytical attorneys will scour the law in order to find areas of liability and benefits in your case. If you are considering a claim, contact or visit our offices to have your specific question and concerns addressed. A member of our knowledgeable staff can help you determine how the Coye Law Firm can best represent you and your interests.