Just like a visit to the dentist, litigation becomes necessary at times and is rarely fun. The whole process can cost you a big amount of money, disrupt your life, interferes with your business and also take a substantial chunk of your time. Making a choice on who is to be your lawyer will be the most important choice you make when you are made to walk the litigation road. In ways that are many, the lawyer you choose will be your guide down this road. You need an attorney who is both the right fit for you and also has the right skills for your particular case. Listed below are some of the factors you will have to put into consideration prior to choosing a business litigation lawyer.
To begin with, have a good idea of the amount of money you expect to be charged by the attorney for the services he or she offers. In general when you are paying your fees per hour, and you call your attorney, you will likely get billed for such a call. In the event your business litigation lawyer has a substantive talk concerning your case with somebody else in his or her office, in most cases you will be billed for that meeting. When things to do with your case are researched by an associate you will get charged for that. All mentioned examples above are not surprising. Make sure you put into consideration other charges to be incurred such as those of faxing or photocopying and electronic research. Those and many more billing aspects are to be addressed in the engagement later.
Secondly, get to know the strengths and weaknesses of your case. An honest review of a case should be given to any business owner that is being faced with litigation. When your lawyer seems to be giving the impression that there is no hope for your case just leave. Reason being that there is never certainty when a case is put before a judge or an arbitrator or some other third party.
Qualifications of the lawyer is an aspect to look at. The vital factor is that the lawyer you pick has experience in the section of law your case is. Do not be in a rush when evaluating the qualifications of all the lawyers you are considering. Get to know whether the attorney has sufficient experience in trials when your case is likely to go to trial. Your lawyer will likely not have enough experience in the event that he or she acquired their license recently.
In conclusion review the engagement agreement. Request to review the lawyer’s engagement agreement. This document should make clear the structure of the fees, the scope of engagement and also other possible charges and the way the will be handled. The moment it is signed, it will be legally binding. Find yourself another lawyer if the one you are considering tells you that the engagement agreement is not needed.