Tips for Retaining an Attorney
McAllen plaintiffs contemplating retaining an attorney have many choices, but where do you start? Use the tips below and hone in on the right attorney for the job.
Get the right type of attorney for the circumstances -- Experience and subject matter expertise are crucial. Thus, you'll want to match the attorney to the accident. For example, if you've been seriously injured in a big rig accident, you'll want to retain a personal injury attorney, preferably one with experience with truck accidents. Likewise, if a loved one was killed due to a product defect, you'll want to retain a product defect lawyer.
Get a local attorney if possible -- Once you know what type of attorney you need, start your search locally. For example, if you live in McAllen, attorneys in the community who have the experience you are looking for would be preferable to those located across the state or country.
Meet your attorney in person -- You'll be placing your future in the hands of your attorney, making it important to find one that's a good fit. Your attorney should be willing to meet with you in person.
Ask about contingency fee arrangements -- Many attorneys are willing to work on a contingency fee basis. This can be helpful if you lack the funds to pay for legal services as you go because there's no out-of-pocket costs upfront since the attorney will be paid a percentage of the final award (and only if there's a judgment or settlement awarded).