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What to Ask When Looking For a lawyer

Oct 11, 2007
Choosing the correct lawyer to defend your case, no matter what it may be, is an important part of any legal process. Mesothelioma lawyers are no different, and many would argue that choosing a mesothelioma lawyer is more important than many other cases. That's not what's on trial here, though. The fact of the matter is, there are many mesothelioma lawyers out there, and you're going to have to do some sifting to find one that's right for you. Since the laws regarding mesothelioma are in a constant state of change, finding the right person to represent you is one of the most important processes in getting restitution for a mesothelioma case. Here are some important questions that you should ask potential candidates for your mesothelioma lawyer.

When speaking with a potential lawyer, you should first ask if he or she has ever represented a mesothelioma patient before. It should go without saying that an attorney with more experience with mesothelioma cases would be preferred over one with no experience. Asking this question is still important, though, because from it you can also find out how many were settled, how many went to trial, and how many the attorney won or lost. This will give you a good idea of the attorney's track record and should influence your decision on whether or not to hire the individual. This question does not only apply to the attorney, but also to the law firm. Query whether or not the firm that the attorney represents has dealt with many mesothelioma cases in the past. A firm that specializes in mesothelioma cases will make sure they hire attorneys trained in that area, which should make you feel better with going with them.

The next question you want to ask is if whether or not the attorney actually plans on handling the case personally. As is the case with many lawyers, the attorney may simply hand off your case to another lawyer or law firm. Why would they do this? Often an attorney will receive a percentage of the attorney fees by simply referring a case to another attorney. It's much like any business deal; only it uses your case as a piece of property or an investment. The attorney may just be looking for a finder's fee. This is probably not in your best interest, however, looking into the firm you will be referred to is a good idea before you make a decision one way or another. After all, you may just be referred to a firm who specializes in mesothelioma.

Now we move on to the third question to ask your potential mesothelioma lawyer. What is the process of the trial? It's important to get a good feel for exactly what is going to happen when you start the lawsuit. A good attorney will be able to explain to you, step by step, how the process works and what you can expect to encounter at each twist and turn. You should find out exactly what the attorney will offer, and how you will be involved in the process. As your potential attorney explains this to you, be sure to make a note on how clear he or she is when explaining everything to you. You need to make sure about the attorney's communication levels, because if you don't understand what's going on, you can't expect anyone in a courtroom to, either.

Finally, it's time to bring up money. While it's not a topic many people are interested in talking about at long lengths, at least comfortably, it's imperative that you know just how much cash is on the line. You need to ask your potential attorney about fees that include paying him, trial fees, and everything else that will be included in setting up a lengthy trial. Mesothelioma trials, as is the case with many legal matters, is not quick to happen. It's going to take time and money, so make sure the attorney you are talking to lays everything out for you. Most mesothelioma layers use contingency fee contracts, which means they don't get paid unless they succeed. This is as good a motivator for them to win your case than any.

If you make sure to ask these four simple questions when you are interviewing mesothelioma lawyers, you'll be able to easily weed out the attorneys that won't work for you. Once you can do that, you'll find the perfect mesothelioma lawyer who will help you win your case and give you the payment you deserve for your suffering.
About the Author
Nick Johnson is lead counsel with Johnson Law Group. Johnson represents plaintiffs in many states and focuses on injury cases involving Fen-Phen and PPH, Paxil, Mesothelioma and Nursing Home Abuse. Call Nick Johnson at 1-888-311-5522 or visit http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com
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