This is especially true in the practice of personal injury protection, where a cottage industry of referral services is huge business in this great big land of car accidents we live in.
If you’re involved in an accident and need representation, call a Personal Injury Lawyer rather than a random referral agency.
Personal Injury Lawyers Aren’t Created Equal
Let’s just say, all personal injury lawyers are not created equal, and there’s a good chance that yours is terrible. It is best to choose a lawyer from the referral of a trusted friend or family member.
So here are the Top 10 Signs That Your Lawyer Sucks.
10. You Hired A Lawyer Referral Service, Not A Lawyer
When you call that 1-800 number from that television commercial, you end up talking to someone who passes you on to an attorney. Guess what, you were probably talking to a “referring attorney” who is being paid to pass your information on to a local law firm. And guess what. They don’t care a thing about you, and it happens all the time.
9. There Are No New Developments
Don’t sit by the phone while you wait for an answer – your evasive lawyer is dodging you. Sometimes, there is a lot of inactivity on your case for long periods of time. Your lawyer may have been an SOB before becoming an attorney or maybe they just think you can’t understand anything you’ve been told so far.
8. They Take More Than They Deserve
By the time the attorney deducts their legal fees, you will be left with less money than them. Challenge those deductions and make the attorney accountable for every single cent.
7. Case Is Settled And No Funds Are Received
Your attorney may not be good at following-up or they may have run off with your money. Be sure you stay on top of the case. Go to the office to have a sit down with this attorney, sue the attorney, or report it to the bar association.
6. He Has No Clue What He’s Doing
An incompetent attorney equals a bad outcome. Remember, nobody cares as much about your case as you do. Make sure to do your due diligence on your representative. That mendacious skink you hired is probably just gathering clients for his portfolio; and doesn’t give a hoot if your case falls through.
5. Constantly Makes Excuses
Every time you speak, you receive nothing but excuses. Whatever is going on in their personal life is not your problem, but your problem is their problem. And if they don’t have time for your problem, they don’t have time for your money.
4. Buddy With Opposing Lawyer
Networking, and the power of influence are good thing, but you probably don’t want an attorney who is close friends with the opposing lawyer. Your case will be in jeopardy. Do your research.
3. Doesn’t Offer A Contingency Fee
If your lawyer doesn’t offer to work on a contingency fee, then you need to change lawyers. You want a lawyer who will wait until your case is settled to get paid. Negotiate the percentage of the award amount before signing on the dotted line. And always make sure that you get a bigger piece of the pie.
2. Too Much Case Load
It means that they don’t have enough time to even think about discussing your case with you, and they never will. If your lawyer has too many dockets to stare at, they cannot efficiently serve you. Just remember, they work for you, not the other way around.
1. Doesn’t Return Your Phone Calls
Your attorney may be busy on a case that will produce more financial for them than yours. Or they may think that you talk too much when you call. Whether you like it or not, you are not the only client. But whether they like it or not, they are not the only lawyer. Get rid of that schmuck and hire someone who will serve you right.
Hire Shane Stafford, the lawyer who cares about your case!