4 Steps to Finding the Right Attorney to Help You
When it comes to standing up for your rights, it’s hard to go it alone. There are a ton of laws out there, some that apply to your situation, and many that don’t. To make it even harder, many of those laws vary depending on what state you’re in. What applies in Texas may not apply the same in Oklahoma, and may not apply at all in many other areas of the country. So when you’re trying to navigate the legal world, you need the help of an attorney.
Now, when you do determine that legal help is necessary, how do you find the right one? Herbert & Eberstein are experienced car accident attorneys. They have put together a quick list on how you can find the right attorney to work with.
Determine What Specialty You Need
If you’re having digestive issues, you wouldn’t go see an orthopedic surgeon. While they may have some of the same basic medical training, the specialist is a much better option.
If you have been in a car accident, you want a personal injury attorney that specializes in helping people navigate the difficult world of insurance and what they legally can expect for compensation.
There are many attorneys out there that specialize in more than one area. So you can add them to the list and determine later if their expertise meets your criteria. If it comes down to it, you can always determine which attorney you want to work with based on how well you get along with them.
Create the Short List of Specialists
There are many attorneys that are licensed all over the country. But if you were in a car accident in the DFW area, would you want someone in New York City helping you with your case? Or would you want someone in Richardson, Texas helping you out?
Your list can be narrowed down to a handful of attorneys that specialize in exactly what you need based on the criteria that you desire. If local is important, so you can sit down and chat face-to-face, then put them on the list.
Remember, a car wreck attorney that’s licensed in a dozen states will need to know the laws in all of those states so he or she can apply the best knowledge to your case.
Check the Bar, Reviews, and Websites
You have specialists lined up, you’ve vetted them for criteria, and you’re ready to move on. Now you have to determine what their legal practice is all about; essentially, are they any good? Fortunately, there are a few ways you can go about this.
First, check their bar registration. You can search nationwide through americanbar.org, or you can search just in a specific state, such as Texas. Clicking on the name of the attorney, you can quickly see if they get a green light (eligible to practice), and you can see education history, firm history, contact information, disciplinary history, and more. It’s a quick resource to make sure you find an attorney that has integrity.
Next, simply check out their reviews. It’s as easy as searching the name of the business, and seeing the average number of stars. Be cautious of no reviews, few reviews, all bad reviews, and reviews that all came in very quickly (all within a matter of days of each other).
Finally, once you have looked at the third party resources, check out the attorney’s website. Do they show that they’re an expert? Do they have testimonials that prove they do a good job? How long have they been practicing law? Keep in mind that a slick website can be faked, so use your gut when searching these sites (if you’ve checked the previous two steps this isn’t as much of an issue).
Call the Office and Speak with Them
Most likely your short list will still have just about as many attorneys on it as you started out with. There are not too many out there that are terrible people, as they don’t stay in business very long. Now is the more arduous process of selecting the right one. And that usually means making some phone calls.
Set a phone appointment with your top three to five, and simply speak with them. Are they friendly? Do they sympathize with you? Are they able to handle your case? Your attorney is someone that you will want to get along with so you can have a good working relationship.
Contact Zach Herbert as Your Car Accident Attorney
Now that you’re to this point, we did a bunch of the leg work for you. Zach has a great track record working with clients; you can see the awesome feedback in his Google reviews. He has no disciplinary history and a website that shows he knows how to help his clients.
If you have been in a car accident, give us a call at 214-414-3808. There’s no obligation and let’s see if we’re a good fit to help you get the compensation that you deserve.