A Guide to Hiring the Best Michigan Auto Accident Lawyer
So you’ve been in a car accident? Obviously, not fun. Especially when it wasn’t your fault. Typically, though, insurance will cover only so much. What would a client do if there’s still damages and/or medical bills, and the client simply can’t cover it?
That client hires a lawyer – and darn good one, at that.
Specifically if you’re a resident in Michigan, knowing what Michigan auto accident lawyers to find and where to find them is crucial. Thankfully, there are steps a client can take to ensure the best possible MI auto accident lawyer money can buy. Just follow these steps:
• Do the Research
• Set Up the Free Consultations
• See Them in Action
• And Then Make the Decision
Time is of the essence here, so let’s get right down to business. Those MI auto accident lawyers aren’t getting any younger….
The First Step: the Research
What a client has to understand about Michigan auto accident lawyers is that they can be hard to find – if you’re not looking in the right places. Your first option is the phone book.
That’s a good start, especially when the book has been around for years and years. For sure you’re going to find a wealth of listings of MI auto accident lawyers out there. But don’t just look at one or two, or even all of them.
Watch out for those overblown listings with an 800-number featuring millions of exclamation points and capital letters. That’s a sure sign of inexperience, and when you’re dealing with an auto accident, you want the best possible experience in a Michigan auto accident lawyer.
Get five or six clean listings of Michigan auto accident lawyers featuring just the basics: real phone numbers, e-mail, web site URLs, and addresses. Jot down all that information, and you’re onto the next step….
The Free Consultation
Technically, this is all still part of research, but it’s defined specifically as a consultation, because the client’s specifically meeting with the MI auto accident lawyer to talk about the case.
This can be gold in any client’s endeavor, because the client can learn quite a bit about the law as well as the Michigan auto accident lawyer in the consultation –
• And Professionalism
It’s kind of like the first date. A client’s feeling it out, seeing if it’s a good fit. Likewise, the MI auto accident lawyer does the same thing. He or she is going to want to know if the case is right for him or her.
In a heartbeat, a client’s going to learn about rates – and which rates are preferable. “Retainer” fees are generally the most expensive to pay out, specifically because a retainer fee must be paid upfront even before work is done on the case. And hourly rates also don’t help with that amount of money.
Clearly, though, the best kind of fee a Michigan auto accident lawyer can request is a “contingency” fee, and it’s the best kind of fee specifically for the client. Why? Because that fee is “contingent” on the result of the case. Meaning the fee is paid typically after the case has been decided in the client’s favor. Usually the fee is a percentage of any settlement offered in a lawsuit. Makes it quite easy to pay that lawyer, right?
If there’s anything a client can take from the consultations offered by MI auto accident lawyers, it’s this: at the end of the meeting, always – and I mean, always – take a business card, and call it good.
Don’t hire the attorney on the spot. Don’t make any hasty decisions. The point of the consultation is to figure things out. Take the business card to contact that attorney back with a final decision (obviously to pick that lawyer).
The next step, then, is easy….
See the Lawyers in Action
This step is two-fold, in that it involves cyberspace a bit before the real deal shows up. Once a client’s done with the free consultation, the next step is to check online for references, testimonials, and of course to view the lawyer’s web site. Online reviews are at a plethora online and give you plenty of clues as to how good or how bad a lawyer is. In fact, bad reviews are likely online, because prior clientele often spout out on social networks about how they had been shafted by the no-good attorney (hopefully an attorney you haven’t consulted with).
Needless to say, it can lead to big decisions on which lawyer stays on the shortlist or not. From there, though, comes the nitty gritty –
Going to the court room and seeing them work! That’s where you get to see which ones on your list are trial lawyers and which ones are just ‘attorneys.’
Make no mistake, though: a good attorney knows what he or she is doing; but a good trial lawyer will win the case. In any auto accident case, it’s always best to swing for the fences, not bunt the ball – even if it means the team will score a run or two from the bunt.
A client can watch a lawyer work and learn plenty about the lawyer’s skill, reputation, finesse, savvy, and a general ability to get things done. That’s the kind of lawyer a client would want at the table. Period.
Know, though, that it will take some time to show up for these court hearings and watch these attorneys work. But it’s well worth it in the long run.
The Last Step: Make the Decision
That goes without saying. Ultimately, you have to pick the lawyer that’s right for you. There’s no way around it. But, look, I get it: they’re expensive. And the law does say you can represent yourself in a court of law.
But be smart. This is an auto accident lawsuit we’re dealing with. Pull out the big guns and get things going by hiring the best lawyer your money can buy. Your busted-up car will thank you for it.