Selecting the right attorney to handle your wrongful death case is probably one of the most important decisions that you are going to make in protecting your financial future.
There are many sources of information about attorneys that are credible and helpful for you to find the best local death attorney you can locate. There are many sources that are commercial in nature and the relationship between the advertiser and the attorney is one of money.
The most honest assessments of any individual lawyers ability probably comes from their peers and a true peer review process. Martindale.com is one such authority where the ranking is based upon other attorneys votes in a blind sample. In other words, what do other attorneys think of the lawyer as far as his rating.
Be very leery of important sounding awards that are granted by an entity that the law firm pays money on a monthly basis to manage their website or their marketing campaign.
Another good source of information is past clients and do not hesitate to ask an attorney for the telephone number of a past client with a similar case.
A little research online and a few phone calls can start you in the right direction to find the attorney that is best to handle your case. It is also important to note that many law firms have associates who actually handle the case while the partner does all the client contact. This may not be the best fit for many who expect the attorney they hire – the partner to be in charge of the entirety of the case and not turn it over to an associate.
Some questions you may want to ask when interviewing an attorney for your case:
* How many years have you been doing personal injury litigation?
* When is the last time you handled a case like this?
* What was the result of your last jury verdict?
* How many cases like this have you handled in the past?
Personal injury and wrongful death litigation are somewhat similar to the practice of medicine in that the more specialized the case the more expertise required of the attorney handling the file. Many attorneys may occasionally handle a truck accident with a big rig but there are attorneys out there who handle 18 wheeler accident cases on an ongoing basis.
Consider hiring an attorney with expertise you need for the type of case you have. Also, you may want to interview several different attorneys until you find one that you are very comfortable with to handle your case. Do not take this decision lightly as it is one of the more important ones you’re likely to make.