The title to this post seems obvious. Hire the right lawyer right away. Right? But too often, my firm and I are brought in to replace another lawyer or law firm in the middle of a case. Too often, the clients who hire us in the middle of a the case to replace other lawyers, had a chance to hire us in the beginning. How does that happen? The client’s interview us and express interest in hiring us but opt to hire someone “cheaper,” “less expensive,” or worse, someone recommended by a relative or “family friend.” Only in the middle of the case, do they realize that they should have hired us in the first place. These clients didn’t hire the right lawyer right away.
Here are some tips. When you interview a lawyer, make a realistic appraisal of the seriousness of your case. Clearly, you don’t need to hire a Washington D.C. insider who charges a $100,000.00 retainer to handle a traffic ticket in your home jurisdiction. But you’re not usually faced with choices that clear. If the charge in your case is at all serious, i.e., if you could go to prison/jail or suffer a lengthy period of probation or lose your driver’s license, then you should not hesitate to hire a “serious” lawyer.
Ask where did the person who referred the “other” lawyer to you hear about him/her. Was it at a gym? Are they bar friends? Do you know where they heard about the “other” lawyer? Ask. You might be surprised at the answer.
At Neil Rockind, P.C., we know where our clients and referral sources know us from — our cases and experience. Peer review groups and lawyer review groups have reviewed us — Neil Rockind has been recognized as one of the top 5% of lawyers in Michigan (Super Lawyers 2009-2011), one of the top criminal defense lawyers in three different areas of criminal defense (DBusiness Top Lawyers 2011-2012), the Best of Detroit (Hour Detroit Magazine) and one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers (National Trial Lawyers Association). Take a look at our results and case histories. Do your research. Hire the right lawyer right away.