10 tips that I must take into account before hiring a lawyer

What are the criteria we consider when co ntratar a lawyer? Probably the most common answer is the budget; however, before hiring a lawyer or a legal professional, it is convenient that we take into account different aspects:


  1. Choose a specialized professional: distrust the "todero" lawyer who offers services ranging from a demand for food to intellectual property procedures. If you are going to seek the services of a lawyer, try to be specialized in the area of ​​law specific to your case. Even when you go to a law firm that offers a variety of specialties, make sure that you are assigned an attorney with experience in the subject you require personal injury attorney rockford il.


  1. Demand the professional card number: In Colombia all lawyers must be registered with the Superior Council of the Judiciary, which is the body in charge of issuing the professional card to practice. If you contact a lawyer who for some reason does not have a professional card, be wary.


  1. Choose a lawyer with a fixed office: Although it may be a criterion many times that it does not indicate anything (because the fact that a lawyer has a good office does not guarantee quality in the services), when hiring a lawyer which we do not have references it is better to make sure that this one has an address or a fixed place where we can go in case of complaint or have any problem.


  1. Clarify tariffs and means of payment from the outset : Clarify before hiring a lawyer what your fees will be , either with a fixed price, with a commission percentage or with a price per hour. Any type of additional expense or extra charges will have to be clarified and specified by the professional (for example if the case requires the hiring of external professionals such as judicial experts or private investigators, from the beginning it must be clear who will cover those expenses).


  1. Be wary of ads that offer you a "free trial": Any judicial process or trial carries costs, so do not be fooled and distrust when they offer you no-cost services or strangely low prices for the market.


  1. Remember that you are the one in charge: If you are not satisfied with the services or the attention received by your lawyer, you have the right to change both your signature and professional (so read the contract for the provision of services very carefully) before signing anything). If you are dissatisfied with the work of your lawyer, you can file a complaint with the Secretary of the Disciplinary Board of the Sectional Judicial Council of the city where the facts originated.


  1. The lawyer must inform him constantly about his process: The legal professional is obliged to inform him of the status of his case, at what stage of the process he is and how he is managing his file.


  1. Beware of lawyers who guarantee 100% success: distrust any lawyer who guarantees a favorable sentence without knowing your case; if so, it is probable or that he employs unethical methods to achieve a ruling in his favor or that he is simply a charlatan.


  1. Sign a contract: A serious professional will proceed to sign a contract to provide services once you accept their representation; this contract must specify their fees, the services to which the professional commits and in some cases the terms and time periods.


  1. Review the background: Before hiring a professional, do a little research on your part (for example, how many cases have you won, if you have experience handling cases like mine, your reputation etc.)

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