There is a good chance that at some point in your life, you or someone you love will be injured in an accident. It may be an automobile accident, or you may slip and fall in a puddle of water at the supermarket. There are many ways that you can be injured in an accident. If you are injured due to someone being irresponsible, you are entitled to payment.
Most think that the laws and rules in one state are exactly like the laws and rules in another. This is not so. Not only are laws different from state to state, in the state of Texas, the county you are in makes a big difference. With that said, you need an attorney to represent you that is skilled and experienced in your part of Texas.
Where Do You Begin?
In this age of technology, you can find out a lot about an attorney by doing some research online. Look at cases in the news. Look for reviews from former or current clients. Ask your friends and family for recommendations. This is a good starting point, but there is more to do.
The Bar Association
You should check and see if the attorney you are considering is in good standing with the Bar Association.
The Bar Association is like the police for lawyers. They hold the rule book, and the attorney must adhere to these rules and regulations. To be in good standing with the bar, an attorney must be:
- Duly admitted to the practice of law
- Is registered with the Office of Court Administration
- Is not currently suspended
- Has not been disbarred
- Is current with all mandatory judicial fees
What Do You Want Out Of An Attorney?
It is important to know what you want from a personal injury attorney and their staff. Once you have identified that, then you can use it as the measuring tool for selecting an attorney. For example, if this is a big case and you need someone with in-depth knowledge of your issues, you may want a large firm. You certainly want someone with experience and knowledge of the law. It doesn’t hurt that they have been in practice a long time and know the judges and other attorneys in the area. You will get the big guns with this firm.
However, a smaller firm is a better option if you want someone to walk you through every step. If your goal is to reach an agreement quickly, but you want more attention from your lawyer, then hire a smaller firm. If they are experienced in your area, and they have fewer clients, they can give you more of a personal touch. Some lawyers keep their practice small simply because that is the type of service they want to provide.
After looking at the large and small firms, you may decide to go somewhere in the middle. The most important factor is that the attorney works well with you and has the experience necessary for your case. Make an appointment and sit down for a free consultation, and then make your choice.