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Many lawyers specialize in a particular area of the law. Be sure your attorney has relevant experience. An attorney who regularly drafts wills may not be the best choice to represent you in a courtroom if the subject is an auto accident.
Harris Law is a general practice law firm that focuses its representation on you. Although we don't practice every area of law we do handle those cases that mostly commonly affect your daily life: Family Law, Criminal Law, Auto Accident, Personal Injury, Slip & Fall, Landlord Tenant, Business, Housing Associations, DWI, and Traffic tickets.
Try to talk with more than one lawyer before you choose the one to represent you. But find out if you will be charged for an initial meeting. Be prepared to describe your problem in a brief, clear summary. Ask the various lawyers about their experience, their fees, what your options might be, your chances of success, who will do the work, and when the problem might be resolved.
Harris Law offers a FREE consultation.
Once you decide to hire a lawyer, be sure you understand what you've both agreed to. How often will the lawyer update you? What information will you be required to provide? Do you understand all your options? What will the total cost be? If you're not clear on exactly what the lawyer is doing, ask for clarification. Although your chances of success can't be guaranteed, discuss approaches to your case. You should be comfortable with your lawyer's approach to your case. Be up front with your lawyer on all the facts and circumstances surrounding your situation. You may want to get the agreement with your lawyer in writing.
Harris Law offers an online case system that connects you with every aspect of your case. That way, you can communicate directly with the attorney and staff, see your entire file, monitor your invoices, and even check the calendar.
Before any work begins, ask what the cost will be for the lawyer's services and whether you will be responsible for other fees and charges. State ethics rules require lawyers to charge a reasonable fee. The American Bar Association advises that lawyers explain their fees, preferably in writing, within a reasonable time after beginning to represent you. And some state bars require that lawyers put their fees in writing before they take a case. Your lawyer may charge you extra for copying documents, courier services, court filing fees, or research services. Be sure you understand what you will be charged for and how much.
Harris Law will provide a complete explanation (in writing) of all fees and costs associated with representation. In some cases we even take no upfront fees and all of your fees will be paid from the settlement. In those cases, if we don't win, you don't pay! (contingency fee cases)
Remember the most expensive lawyer is not necessarily the best one for you. Nor is a "bargain" rate always a great deal. Look for the best balance of experience and cost. You may want to ask your lawyer if a junior lawyer or paralegal can perform some of the work to lower your costs. You also may want to ask if there are tasks you could perform yourself to save time and money. For example, you might be able to copy, pick up or deliver certain documents. A lawyer may charge you a flat fee for a particular service or offer alternative methods of payment. Each has benefits and risks.
Harris Law understands that hiring an attorney can be overwhelming. However, this is one of the most important things going on in your life, so the decision is crucial. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) suggests the following tips in searching for the right attorney.