Attorney Red Flags

Let’s talk attorney RED FLAGS and what you should be looking for when you decide to hire someone to represent you.

When a client has a statute of limitations coming up within 48 hours and NOTHING has been done on the case

—If you know your statute of limitations is coming up, make sure your attorney has given you a clear understanding of the plan and when everything will be filed.

Doesn’t get back to you after weeks of calling, e-mailing and texting

—We get it. People are busy, BUT you should expect some sort of communication from your attorney or the law office after a call, e-mail or text. Set up a system that works for you and hold your legal team accountable. That being said, communication is key and letting your attorney know you have questions and/or concerns is the best way to find out if you are working with the right person.

Vague about fees and how services are billed

—While fees and billing are different across the legal field, you should never sign a contract with someone if they have not made it clear and in writing of what you should be expected to pay. This may come in a percentage or flat fee. If you aren’t given an answer, don’t be afraid to make a few more call and find someone you are comfortable working with.

When a case file is sent over and includes documents printed on shrimp menus, JCPenny orders and another client’s information page (breach of client confidentiality).

—Look for someone that is organized. If a firm is still using paper, they should have documents organized and easy to read. They should NEVER include another client’s information.

Doing research and looking into legal options in your area is the best way to narrow down a list of possible attorneys. Reach out today to learn more about how our representatives might be the right fit for you.