Finding the right lawyer can be a stressful and overwhelming process. You may be wondering if you are making the right choice. You might wonder if there is another lawyer out there that could handle your loved one’s case in a better way. While there’s no way to know for sure, there are five key questions to ask a potential lawyer. This can ensure that they are going to give you and your loved one the best help possible.
1. How many nursing home neglect and abuse cases have you handled?
Experience is a large benefit to any case. This is especially true for nursing home neglect and abuse cases. An experienced lawyer will know what resources to use in addition to how to approach the trial. They can coach your loved one on how to handle the case and best help your loved one to prepare for the trial.
2. What type of cases do you typically handle?
This can be a good question to ask. Perhaps this lawyer is well versed in nursing home neglect and abuse. Or, perhaps this is their first case of this type. If the lawyer handles corporate or contract cases, they might not be right for your case. Every lawyer is different so it is a good idea to get to know about what they are comfortable doing.
3. Outside of your law degree, do you have any special training? How about knowledge that could help with my loved one’s case?
This can be beneficial when choosing an attorney. If the lawyer has any special skills that pertain to your loved one’s case, that is a big benefit. They will have knowledge and resources to use that can help build the case for your loved one.
4. What are your fees and how will I get billed?
Ask about any potential discounts you could receive. Ask also if a paralegal will be handling your case at all, this may entitle you to a discount depending on the law firm. You can also learn if the attorney charges on a contingency fee basis. This could be beneficial for your family. This fee means that your loved one will not have to pay the attorney until the lawyer gets you compensation. This can be a great way to afford a lawyer.
5. Are there any other ways to solve my loved one’s legal problem?
A good lawyer and professional will give you their honest opinion. They may advise you to settle outside of court. A good attorney will also tell you if there is a less expensive way for you to handle your situation.