Choosing the right law firm, and in particular, the right attorney, can sometimes be a challenging task. There are many instances when individuals do not get the attorney they originally planned on. While this is not necessarily a negative thing, it can cause confusion and frustration on the parts of clients. Understanding how your case will be handled and who will try it can help reduce this confusion and/or frustration. In this blog, we look to provide a general overview of how law firms operate and provide some important questions to ask when selecting an attorney or law firm.
Answering the question of who will handle your case and who will try it is a bit tricky due to the fact that law firms vary greatly in how they are run, the flow of work, and their number of attorneys. For example, at large firms with many attorneys and staff members, the initial person you spoke with may not be the one handling your case, or who even brings it to court. This can be a good thing in that it offers individuals a larger team of attorneys and staff to handle their case. On the other hand, for example, at a smaller firm with only a few attorneys, chances are the person you spoke with in your initial consult is the person who will be handling your case. This can also be a good thing because it offers individuals peace of mind in knowing exactly who will be in charge of their case.
There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing a large firm or a small firm. However, regardless of the direction you go, there are several reasons and benefits to understanding how your case will be handled, and who will be handling it. One benefit to understanding who will handle your case and how it will be handled is that it offers a greater attorney-client relationship. Trusting your attorney, and feeling comfortable with your attorney will go a long way in ensuring you are on the same page to better handle all aspects of your case. Another benefit of knowing which attorney will be trying your case is that you will have a go-to contact to discuss issues/concerns with your case. In some instances, individuals will not know exactly who is trying their case and will go in circles talking to different people at the office.
Finding the right attorney can be a challenging task at times. But it is important to remember that you have the right to an attorney that is dedicated to your case and an attorney that you feel comfortable and confident in. Asking the right questions during the vetting process can go a long way in the resolution of your matter, as well as prevent future headaches. Obtaining skilled counsel is key to relieving some of the burden and stress that comes with legal issues. This blog was written by attorneys at Ciyou & Dixon, P.C., who handle a wide variety of legal issues, be it criminal or civil in nature, throughout the state. It is written and posted for general educational purposes and is not to be construed as legal advice or solicitation for services. It is an advertisement.