How to Pick the Best Lawyer or a Legal Firm

There’s a myth that you are in a trouble if you need a lawyer. Well, that’s partially true. Lawyers can really help you solve big problems or even avoid them. Yet, you may need legal services in everyday situations, for example when buying or selling real estate or an auto. A good lawyer is like a good doctor: either you are 100% honest with him/her or things may get even worse. So, what are the most important considerations when hiring a lawyer?

Money

Good lawyers are expensive. Well, that’s not quite true. Good lawyers are incredibly expensive. They hourly charges may be just cosmic. Of course, you should clearly understand why you need a legal practitioner and how much money you can save or get by winning the case. So, obviously you do not need a famous barrister who never lost a single case, if it is a $2,000 court suit. Yes, winning such a simple case is a piece of cake for a seasoned professional, but do you really need waste much money just to win? Hourly rates and changes usually depend on complexity of the case and its price (i.e. how much money is at stake).

Experience

Bear in mind that a lawyer specializing in homicides may be helpless at civil court, especially when it comes to monetary claims. Even the best criminal lawyer may lose a simple case concerning personal injury claims, because he/she had no experience in this field. Therefore, you have to pick a lawyer who is great at particular cases. Good lawyers have excellent reputation and personal sites with recommendations from clients and information on their experience. Many lawyers offer 100% guarantees of winning the case, simply because they know they can win. Yes, those specialists can be somewhat expensive, however, it a positive outcome is what you need, you should not economize.

Maybe no lawyer at all?

Yes, some issues may not require professional legal assistance. So, if you perform a good research you can fix the problem all by yourself. Yet, if you know you lack attention to little details, you’d better let professionals to their job. You can get into a big trouble. You’d better not joke with the law and the government!

Sure, the easiest way to look for a good legal practitioner is to go online. As already said above, law firms and individual experts have websites with the most complete information on available services and prices. Finally, let’s get back to a simple rule: be honest with your lawyer!

Tips to Finding the Best Lawyers for Your Unique Case

At some point in your life you may find you need a lawyer to help you get through a difficult case where charges are brought against you. This doesn’t mean that you have committed a crime, maybe you’re going through a divorce or a nasty custody battle, maybe you have been fined for DUI or maybe you were caught vandalizing someone’s home, whatever the reason it’s important you find the best person that can handle your case and help you reach a good resolution.

The best place to find a lawyer is through word of mouth. Family or friends who have required legal services will be able to provide you with the name or law firm they used. The great thing about using word of mouth is that you know that your family and friends won’t recommend anyone who didn’t provide them with a professional service and a good resolution.

If you haven’t got family and friends who have required this type of legal service, then it’s time to go onto the internet and start your search. Of course you are looking for a reputable law firm in your local area, it’s essential they are located in your state because each state has different legislations, so your lawyer must be registered in the state where the trial or case is being handled.

During your search you are looking for firms that have bar associations. See what bar associations they are members of, such as the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, for example. This is an indicator that you are looking at a company with a good and reliable service who should be dedicated to their clients and will work with you for a favorable outcome.

The next thing to look for as you go through the selection of law firms working in your local area is to determine their track record. Many firms will advertise their successes on their website, but if you can’t find anything, don’t be shy to call them and ask them about their track record to ensure they have worked on a case similar to yours or of the same nature.

Always check to see what the lawyer’s specialty is. Not all law firms work in the same law, some will provide criminal law services while others may offer public liability law services. It’s imperative to ensure that the firm you choose has extensive experience in your sector of the law to enable them to provide you with the best service and hopefully a favorable outcome.

The lawyers you choose should be dedicated to providing you with the best possible service and should be with you every step of the way from pre-trial to the court proceedings, if it goes that far. They should work hard to come to a resolution before your case reaches court, though of course this isn’t always possible. If your case goes to court, they should have experience with trials, questioning witnesses and making winning opening and closing statements.

Your team should always be able to answer your questions quickly, there shouldn’t be any hesitation in giving you all the answers you need to help put your mind at ease when going through this difficult time.

The lawyers should remain professional at all times. They should offer you years of experience and knowledge and keep you informed of your case at all times, ensuring you are always kept in the loop and understand what to expect in terms of your own case. There are many outcomes and your team should ensure that you are aware of the possible outcomes, so you are not left surprised when the case comes to a close.

Employment Law – Know the Facts and Hire the Best Lawyers to Protect You

By far one of the most litigious areas of law is employment law, every employer knows that if you make a mistake here, it can cost you years of profits, lots of stress or even your company’s reputation in the industry or your local community, as these types of lawsuits nearly always end up in the newspapers. The best way to protect yourself is to make sure that your company manuals are current, that you follow the OSHA laws and that your human resource folks know the laws.

If your company is small, then you better know the laws too, and know them well. You need a competent attorney who specializes in this area of law to keep you from getting into hot water, that could cost you dearly later on down the road. You have to know the facts, but you need to have some background knowledge first. So, I recommend that you buy a book or two on employment law and a book on employment forms too. If there ever is a lawsuit, the side which has the best documentation, generally will win.

Ask your attorney what types of information you need, what is important to keep track of and learn about the most common types of lawsuits out there. Even if you are a small company with only a few employees, you need to be careful and know the facts. I have seen companies go out of business over simple employment lawsuits. I do not want to see that happen to you, I want you to succeed in your business, so hire the best, and get some knowledge under your belt to hedge yourself against any future lawsuits.

Choose the Best Lawyer to Represent a Cruise Ship Injury

There are many different types of injuries that a person could sustain while they are taking a cruise. Not one of them is acceptable though. The staff on these large water vessels should ensure that a cruise ship injury does not occur while someone is vacationing.

There are many different reasons that people go on vacation for, but being injured is not one of them. Some of these could be caused by a slip and fall because of water on the deck or other reasons. No two injuries are going to be the same either.

The cruise line should be paying for any medical expenses that are incurred because of any injury. They should ensure that the person who got hurt is being well-taken care of too. Not all of these companies feel this way though.

Sometimes, it requires people to hire one of the best lawyers that they can find. There are many different types of lawyers in every area of the world. People need to find one that they can count on to win their case though. Otherwise, they will have a lot of medical bills that they could be paying on for their entire life.

Some of the best lawyers are difficult to find. Many of them have a large case load too. Because each case is going to be handled differently, they may put a limit on the number of cases that they are representing at one time. Not all of them will do this though.

There are a lot of things that need to be done prior to filing a lawsuit against a company like this. There is a lot of paperwork that is necessary also. Having proof that the injury was caused there will be extremely important.

While some people who are injured may need a few stitches and can be on their way. Other people may have lengthy hospital stays or a lifetime of disabling pain and surgeries. The type of injury and the circumstances are going to be determined when considering the best way to take on the case and present it to the courts.

It is important to have enough evidence and documentation to get the full compensation. Some lawyers may suggest getting these things around before filing anything too. While most companies have their own lawyers that represent their company for every kind of lawsuit, it is important to know that they will fight back in most cases.

There are a lot of companies who choose to settle these things outside of the courts. They will take care of their passengers and make sure that everything that they need is within their reach. If they say they need something, they get it. They also insist that they go to the best doctors.

Other companies see the dollar amount that will be going out and not the person’s pain and suffering. An injury can bankrupt some companies so they will fight it in court. Many times, they will end up paying it but they try to get away with saying that it was not their fault that the person got hurt and such things as that. Liability lawsuits can be very hard to win when you are the defendant.

Most of the time, a lawsuit for a cruise ship injury does not get filed unless they have enough evidence. While not every passenger or employee that gets hurt aboard a ship will file a lawsuit, it is an option for them. Some people have no choice because they cannot pay the medical bills on their own. This is why a lawyer has to be there to help them with this process to ensure that they will win by utilizing as many resources as possible.

A Conversation With: One Of The Best Lawyers In Dallas, Chad West

Chad was selected as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine in 2014 and has been repeatedly selected as “Rising Star” by Texas Monthly (Thomson Reuters) in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

AE: What drew you to working in the legal field?

CW: Working in the legal field peaked my interest while serving my country by serving in the military. The importance of helping those that cannot help them-selves was very important to me.

AE: You have had your own law firm since 2011, what are the significant differences being an owner of a law firm versus working as an attorney for one?

CW: Owning my own law firm requires a great deal of time and energy to make sure everything runs smoothly and the bills get paid. However, the personal reward is much greater. Being in a small law firm in such a community based part out of Dallas give me the ability to connect with each client to make sure we are getting them the best results possible.

AE: Prior to becoming an attorney you served in the military and had a very distinguished career going, what made you decide to leave military service?

CW: I wouldn’t trade my time in the U.S. Army for anything. It was a time of my life that really shaped who I am as a man and as a leader. I left because I wanted to start my own business that focuses on helping people, and I saw the legal field as a way to do so.

AE: How did your time in the military prepare you for running your own law firm?

CW: The military prepared me for running my own law firm by instilling dedication to a greater good, defending freedoms, and working hard.

AE: You are a member of a number of organizations, do you think leaders and business owners have an obligation to get involved and give back to the community?

CW: Without giving back to your community, you should not expect to receive much from it. As a small business in the Oak Cliff part of Dallas, it is a privilege to be able to give back to such a vibrant and evolving area.

AE: The workplace has changed drastically over the last 20 years, do you think what motivates leaders and their teams have changed?

CW: Absolutely. The millennials are swarming the workplace, and the motivations and personalities are completely different than my generations (Gen X’s) motivations.

AE: How do you empower, inspire or motivate others in the workplace?

CW: I hire the best people and do my very best to give them everything they need to succeed. I avoid micromanaging whenever possible.

AE: What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess?

CW: The ability to recognize your own weaknesses and needs to put a team together to turn one’s weaknesses into strengths.

AE: What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?

CW: To continue to grow and develop as a leader I look for new ways to challenge myself both professionally and personally. Finding new challenges to take on is a good way to remind ourselves to remain humble.

AE: Have there been any role models for you?

CW: Both of my parents, for very different reasons. My mother taught me compassion and the love for learning. My father showed me the benefits of owning my own business. Both taught me the value of hard work.

AE: What do you attribute your success to?

CW: Success would not be possible without a good support system. My family and friends are my biggest supporters.

AE: If you could give one piece of leadership advice to your employees what would that be?

CW: Work on your most brain-intensive projects first thing in the morning, as you are at your best when you first get to work.

AE: What advice would you give someone going into a leadership position for the first time?

CW: Roll up your sleeves and get ready to work hard. Don’t sweat the small stuff and never lower your standards.

AE: What has been your greatest professional accomplishment so far as a leader?

CW: Starting my own business. Nothing beats it!

AE: What is something people don’t generally know about you as a leader?

CW: I absolutely hate public speaking, but I work hard to overcome it.

AE: If you could have a conversation with one leader alive or dear who would that be?

CW: Thomas Jefferson.

AE: What would you want to ask them?

CW: He was a multiple-business owner and brilliant politician and was ahead of his time in many ways. I would want to know what motivated him and how he became the leader he portrayed to the world.

AE: They say anyone can become a leader, in your opinion do you believe that?

CW: Absolutely!

AE: What do you want your leadership legacy to be?

CW: I want to leave a legacy of achieving high quality results and making a difference in the lives of others. Helping to start a charity 5k, Dash for the Beads, was a great way for me to give back and help a large number of people while focusing on healthy ways of life.

AE: What is next for you?

My firm is expanding to South Dallas, a second location, and we are welcoming two new lawyers to the firm in June and November of 2015, which I’m really excited about! In the non-legal world, I’m opening an express car wash with my family in Ennis, TX in early 2016.

 

AE: I start each day off with a motivational quote, do you have a favorite?

CW: Just do it!