Hire a Lawyer in Chico, CA
Hiring a Lawyer to handle your case is the most important decision you will make. Whether you’ve been charged with a Crime, been Injured in an Accident, or you’re going through a Divorce, the right Lawyer can make the difference in the outcome. Call us today to speak with an experienced Attorney (530) 898-1111. While you’re thinking about it, here are a few guidelines:
1. Don’t Rely on Advertising Alone When Hiring a Lawyer
You must meet with and interview the Lawyer you think you want to hire. Don’t rely on websites such as AVVO or YELP that claim to rank Attorneys in some way. Most “Lawyer ranking” websites are just online businesses trying to make money. Although many claim their ranking system is based on experience and reputation, in reality they don’t do any independent investigation to determine whether a Lawyer is competent.
For example, AVVO ranks Lawyers based solely on the amount of money and free content the lawyer provides to AVVO, not on their actual job performance. Similarly, Yellow Pages (YP) and other such websites list Lawyers based solely on the amount of money they spend on advertising. YELP, as many people are finding out, is pretty much worthless.
2. Visit the State Bar When Hiring a Lawyer
You can go to the California State Bar Website and put any California Lawyer’s name into the “Attorney Search” box to find out how long that person has been a Lawyer. In addition, you can see whether they’ve ever been disciplined by the State Bar in any way. For example, by cheating their clients or being convicted of a crime. You should avoid any Lawyer who has negative marks on his or her State Bar profile.
3. Ask About the Lawyer’s Level of Experience
There are many Lawyers in business who are either beginners or who will never have the ability to effectively represent their client’s interests. For example, ask the prospective Attorney to describe a recent large case they settled or fought in a Jury trial. Many Lawyers have never been to trial and wouldn’t know what to do if they suddenly had a case that needed to go to trial. Hiring a Lawyer who can’t or won’t go to trial rarely achieves the same results as Lawyers who know how to fight (and win) your case in Trial.
4. Meet in Person When Hiring a Lawyer
There are many Lawyers who work out of PO Boxes, their homes, apartments, their car, or out of some back-alley store front. Make sure when hiring a Lawyer that he or she is established in the community, and actually has a Law Office where you can meet and discuss your case. You might also want to see if the Lawyer can put together a complete sentence, whether he or she appears hung-over or disheveled, and whether he or she makes eye contact and acts in a professional manner. You need to determine whether you really want this person representing you.
5. Decide Whether the Lawyer is Truthful
Many lawyers will promise you really great results without knowing anything about your case other than what you told them. They’ll say just about anything to get your business. Then, usually as soon as you pay their fee in full or sign to have them represent you, they drop the ball your case falls apart. Also beware of Lawyers who claim to have “connections” with the Judges or the District Attorney and that’s how they are going to get you a great deal. Our system rarely works that way.
6. Make sure the Lawyer will Personally Handle your Case
If you visit a website and can’t figure out who your Lawyer is going to be you should leave and find an Attorney who will make themselves available to you. Many Law Firms have a “Supervising Attorney” who does the interviews, and then turns your case over to a beginning associate. You don’t actually get the Lawyer you thought you hired. Also watch out for Law Firms who don’t have an office in the community where your case will be heard. They are usually just referral services who take your money and then turn your case over to a local Attorney, the one with the lowest bid.
7. Make sure Your Lawyer will be Available for You
Trying in vain to get your Lawyer to call you back or meet with you can be extremely frustrating. At ChicoLawyers.com, our Attorneys handle all of their cases personally from start to finish. You’ll meet in person with your Attorney for a Free Consultation to discuss your case. This includes your side of what happened, and the likely options you will face as your case proceeds. Our Attorneys will never make wild promises just to get your business, and we will always fight to get the best result in your case. Additionally, our Attorneys are always available to meet with you in person and return your phone calls in a timely manner.
If we can settle your case for a reasonable offer we will do so after we fully explain the offer to you, the consequences of accepting the offer, and your other options. We also know how to fight your case in a Trial and we have experienced investigators and experts ready to prepare your case and testify on your behalf if necessary.
If you, a friend, or a family member is considering hiring a Lawyer call us at (530) 898-1111 and schedule a free consultation.