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Experience:
How much experience does this attorney have in this area of the law? What is the basis of that experience? How many malpractice, wrongful death, serious personal injury, or nursing home cases has this attorney actually tried to a verdict?

Knowledge:
Is this attorney a member of any local, state, or national organizations? Does this attorney have access to expert witness and other litigation support resources? Does this attorney utilize any cutting edge technology in the presentation of cases? Does this attorney have relationships in the insurance industry?

Communication:
How will this attorney communicate with you? How will this attorney keep you apprised of the developments in your case? Who will actually be performing the work on your case? How will this attorney allow you to participate in the decisions affecting your case? Are you comfortable with the demeanor and communication style of this attorney?

Strategic Plan For Case:
What is this attorney’s evaluation of your case? What plan of action would this attorney bring to bear on your behalf? What options has the attorney identified for you? What strategy would the attorney employ in order to achieve your goals? What tasks has the attorney identified as being necessary to complete the evaluation of your case?

These are just a few examples of information helpful to the attorney selection process. Above all else, be sure to interview possible candidates asking these or similar questions. Ask around. Make sure you are satisfied that this attorney will competently, ethically, and vigorously represent your interests with in the bounds of the law. Make sure that this attorney will see to it that you remain informed and involved through out the entire process.

No. We can start with an in person meeting or a phone meeting. Once we conclude that I may be able to assist you, we can identify what documents, information, or things may be necessary to move forward.
There is no charge for our initial consultation. If we determine I am able to represent and assist you, I handle all wrongful death, medical malpractice, elder abuse, abuse of the developmentally disabled, and personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. Our relationship would be reflected in a written retainer agreement. If there is no recovery, there is no fee. For any estate related work that we determine I am able to represent and assist you with, I would handle that on a flat fee or hourly basis which would also be reflected in a written retainer agreement or letter agreement.
It depends. All states have Statutes of Limitations which determine how long someone has to make a claim. These Statutes are often anywhere from two to four years, depending on the jurisdiction. In some cases, these Statutes can be tolled during a person’s disability. We can discuss what Statutes of Limitations may apply to your potential matter at our first discussion.

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