Dealing with legal matters can be frustrating and confusing. And, the more complex the issue is, or the more money involved, diving into documents coated in legal jargon or gaining your rightful day in court can be overwhelming.
So how do you go about selecting the right maritime attorney for your case?
Hiring a maritime attorney may seem like an expensive and daunting undertaking, but knowing how to choose the right legal counsel for your needs may save you a lot of money – and frustration – in the future.
Consider the following when choosing an attorney to help you:
Don’t just open the phonebook: You see advertisements for lawyers and law firms everywhere you turn. From television spots and phonebook ads, to Internet pop-ups and city street benches, the legal industry is always in search of their next client.
However, before you call the first number you see advertised, contact friends, family, lawyer referral services or the Better Business Bureau to steer you in the right direction.
Specifically, when looking for a maritime lawyer to help you with a cruise ship injury or a boating accident, contact your local attorney (regardless of where you live). Chances are he or she will know of a good attorney who practices in this area. You may also need the services of a Miami based attorney if you’re engaging in a lawsuit with a cruise line. If you live in Ohio or Nevada or anywhere else outside of Miami Florida you’ll likely need help choosing the right attorney.
Look for a legal specialist: A general law practice might handle personal injury or divorce cases on a regular basis, but if your legal concern is centered around maritime law or admiralty law, you’ll need an attorney who specializes in that area.
Their experience dealing with local Miami courts, judges and other officials will help you. Your lawyer should be someone who has a great deal of experience arguing cases against the cruise lines and who knows the specific information related to similar cases. There won’t be a learning curve.
Past settlements for other clients are important. Their success rate in court. Will they provide you that information if asked? They should.
Relationship is important: When speaking with different attorneys to determine who will take your case, do consider their personalities.
Legal matters are personal and serious, so it is important you feel comfortable with the person representing you. Does the attorney allow you to ask questions? Do they seem sincere? Do you have the feeling they will fight for you?
Communication is also important: Ask prospects how often – and quickly – he or she will communicate with you. There is nothing more frustrating than waiting days or weeks to speak with or make an appointment to speak to the person you have chosen to represent you.
Do they communicate by phone? By email? Will you be handed off to a junior attorney? Will your contact make you feel ‘like a number’ or the only client.
All of these considerations will factor into how you go about selecting a maritime attorney. At Waks and Barnett, we’re dedicated to being the type of law firm that you can count on when a potential legal issues arises.
For more information, please contact us at: 1-800-905-2891