A qualified and experienced commercial litigation lawyer can be very hard to come by especially when you are in dire need of one. It’s usually a drain on your time and disrupts your business and life altogether. And all this while, you have not yet gotten to the substantial emotional and monetary toll it puts on you.
And sometimes, the litigation road may be the only way to go, especially if you have no other choice. And that is why this article is right for you; to explain the eight vital tips you can apply when looking for a qualified and experiences commercial litigation attorney to handle your case.
- What are your qualifications?
This should be your primary concern when looking for a litigation attorney. You need to look at his/her overall experience in the field of litigation and how it relates to your case. It is vital that you take all the time you need to review each of the attorney’s qualifications and look up whether the attorney you are about to hire has adequate experience to protect you before the court.
- How good-a-listener are you?
This question will automatically be answered by the general conduct of the attorney. You need to ensure you only hire a lawyer who you are comfortable with and who is willing to take his/her time to listen to your side of the case and concerns on the matter. Don’t go for that attorney who looks hurried and doesn’t seem to be interested in what you have to say.
- What are the weaknesses and strengths of your case?
Look for an attorney who wants to help you no matter what the situation is and doesn’t give you false hope where there is not much to go by. If you walk into an attorney’s office, explain your situation and they slap you with an “it’s a lost case” kind of gesture, simply get up and leave. You never know, sometimes even the most unpredictable things can happen in the courts.
- How much will it cost you?
When embarking on the litigation road, you need to, first of all, look at yourself and assess your situation financially and decide whether it is financially wise to go down this road or not. For example, you definitely don’t want to spend more money on legal and attorney fees to solve a case about a much less sum.
- Who will handle your case?
You need to ensure you know exactly who will handle your case before the court. Sometimes you may find that the attorney whom you spoke to about your case isn’t the same attorney who presents and handles it before the court.
- Where is your engagement agreement?
You should ask to review and assess your attorney’s engagement agreement which will set forth the fee structure and agreements, how to manage any out-of-pocket costs and requirements for up-front retainers.
- What charges should you see on your bill?
You need to be very cautious here. Know exactly what you are being charged and what is being put on your overall bill before you sign any agreement.
- What is your likely outcome?
The official answer to this question varies a lot with the nature of your case and the ability of your attorney to deliver. But overall, it relies on the court. But still, it is vital that you discuss with your attorney about the possible outcome of your case.