The truth is, you have a lot of choices when it comes to finding a car accident attorney, but there are few choices in finding the “right” one. At King Law Office, we know how challenging it is to find an attorney who can empathize, and still be tough on your behalf when it calls for it. Before you open a phone book or start randomly calling attorneys’ offices, let’s take a look at some of the qualities you should be looking for in a Naples car accident attorney.
Naples Car Accident Law – Best Qualities
You will be looking for a legal team that can empathize and has a genuine interest in your case. When you set up appointments to interview candidates, we suggest you pay close attention to how the lawyer makes you ‘feel.’ Do you feel like you need to rush through your appointment or skip details to save time? Does the attorney ask you questions to learn more about your case and are they specific or generic in nature? Your lawyer should have a good balance of being time sensitive for both of you, yet still, make you feel comfortable and ask quality questions about your car accident event.
Detailed, Skilled, and Proven
While car accidents laws aren’t always changing, you still want a Naples car accident attorney who has a wealth of knowledge with these kinds of cases. Don’t hire a family or environmental lawyer, simply because your mother has a friend of a friend. Work with someone who specializes in this area of law and can offer details and insights as to how those laws impact your specific circumstances. You should feel confident about asking an attorney what skills they feel will best help your situation and what their track record looks like in both in settlements and court litigation.
Educated and Professional
Do your homework and make sure your attorney is educated at a law school and check out their online reviews. You can often find reviews online or on the attorney’s social media profiles. You can dig even deeper by looking at the Better Business Bureau or at the State Bar Association website. Ask your car accident lawyer if they belong to any professional organizations or associations; this might give you insight into their business or what kinds of circles they belong to.
Availability and Communication
Car accident attorneys in Naples should have consistent communication with you about your case. A lawyer who takes a week to get back to you or who isn’t filing your legal paperwork on time, may not have your best interests in mind. This person should communicate with you regularly to keep you informed about your claim or answer your questions. Further, they should make themselves available to you if you are ever confused or worried about your case.
Clear Fee Structure
Don’t be afraid to discuss the attorney’s fee structure and get an idea about how they charge and what specific things will cost you. For example, what does answering emails cost, phone calls, paperwork filing, and in court legal representation mean to your overall bill? Also, ask how they charge for their legal services. Do they work on contingency, or do they operate from a flat upfront fee? A Naples car accident law firm should be happy to share their fee structure and be direct and clear about it. If they avoid questions in this topic of conversation, it could be a red flag.
Prepare For Your First Naples Car Accident Attorney Meeting
Now that you have a good handle on the qualities a lawyer should have, let’s talk about preparing for your attorney interviews. Yes! We suggest you interview your top two or three attorneys that you find after your research. This is a person that you will have a long-standing business relationship with, so you want to be sure that you’re working with someone who you feel confident in and is trustworthy. Here are some of the best questions to ask your potential attorney, and what their answers or behaviors say about them.
Gather Your Evidence and Present that to Your Naples Car Accident Attorney
Do your own prepping and gather every piece of evidence that you feel will help your case. You can even include details that are less favorable, as your attorney will need to know everything about the case both good and bad. This can consist of your police report, photos of the damage of your car, pictures of your injuries, x-rays, medical records, accident site images or video, and names and contact information of any witnesses. Present that information to the attorney and ask the following questions.
- What are your first thoughts about my case?
- What kinds of problems does my case face potentially?
- Have you worked on a case like this before? What was the outcome?
- What other evidence will we need to prove negligence?
- What kind of compensation do you foresee in a case like mine?
The answers to these questions will be a good indicator at how well the attorney looked at your evidence (or didn’t) and how favorable they see it. Meaning, if they see nothing but a perfect claim with promises of tens of thousands of dollars, this is a bad sign.
An accomplished attorney won’t give you guarantees or definites as there is no way to predict the outcome of a claim. However, if the attorney sees problematic aspects of your claim and talks through that with you, you likely have a good candidate on your hands.
Here are some other important questions you’ll want to ask your potential Naples car accident lawyer, so you know you’re working with a qualified candidate.
- Where did you go to school?
- What kind of relationship do you have with the judges and clerks at the courthouse?
- Can you tell me more about the cases you’ve worked on and the outcomes?
- Do you have any testimonials or people you’ve represented that I could talk to?
- Can you explain your fee structure in detail?
This should give you a great starting off place to get prepared for your meeting with a car accident attorney in Naples. We hope you decide to work with us at King law and we welcome you to call or connect with us today so we can learn more about you and your car accident claim.