We all hope that we will go through life without needing to hire a lawyer. Apart from when we want to buy a home or need to make a will. But, unfortunately, sometimes things do not go to plan and the only person who can help you to get your life back on track is a lawyer.
Whether you are a member of the military who needs to make a gulf war syndrome related claim, or someone who has to file a medical malpractice suit, it is important to hire the right person for the job to support you.
Hiring the cheapest lawyer can work out to be a false economy
First, we need to point out an important pitfall. A mistake that many claimants make. In an effort to save money, a lot of people end up hiring someone who does not have the necessary experience to do a good job.
In many cases, hiring the cheapest lawyer turns out to be a false economy. If you do that and end up employing someone who stands virtually no chance of winning your case, all of the money you spent will have gone to waste.
It is far better to pay more and hire someone with experience of fighting and winning cases like yours. They may ask for a higher percentage of your payout or have higher fees than another lawyer. But, they are also far more likely to win your case and secure a higher level of compensation for you than an inexperienced lawyer would.
Take the time to speak to more than one lawyer
However, that does not mean that you should not shop around for the best deal. Most lawyers will happily speak to you for free for half an hour or so. This gives you and them the chance to assess the situation to work out if you are a good fit for each other.
Don’t be afraid to ask about the cost
At that stage, a good lawyer will also give you a rough idea of their fees. Or, at the very least, explain their charging structures to you. In most countries, lawyers are bound by guidelines that are set by a bar association or a similar organization, which includes how much they can charge. It is wise to check those before you start your hunt for someone to represent you.
Consider joining a class action
In some cases, joining a class action is a good approach. The costs are shared amongst all litigants and the fact that there is a strong body of evidence means that there is a good chance of compensation being secured. This article explains how they work and goes through the pros and cons. Reading it will help you to decide which approach is right for your situation.
Be prepared to settle out of court
Settling your claim faster will usually save you money in the long run. So, be open to considering this option. A good lawyer will happily sit down and discuss the pros and cons of doing this and be able to assist you in attempting to do this.