Litigation, like a visit to the dentist, is rarely a fun experience but at times a necessary one. It disrupts your business, interferes with your life, can take too much of your time, and also cost you a good amount of money. 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 a lot of ways, the lawyer you hire will guide you on this path. You need an attorney who is both the right fit for you and also has the right skills for your particular case. Outlined below are some of the things you should look into as you choose your business litigation lawyer.
First and foremost, have an almost accurate monetary figure of the expected total cost of the services availed to you by the lawyer. You will likely get charged for calling your lawyer in the event you are being charged per hour for the services offered. You will also get billed in the event your lawyer has a discussion concerning your case with another person in his or her place of work. 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.
The other thing is that you should know the strong and the weak points of your case. An honest review of a case should be given to any business owner that is being faced with litigation. In the event your business litigation lawyer tells you that your case is without hope, leave. Reason being that there is never certainty when a case is put before a judge or an arbitrator or some other third party.
The other important factor to look at is the qualifications the litigation lawyer has. The important aspect here is if or not the lawyer you are to pick has sufficient know-how in the area of your case. Take enough time as you go through the qualifications of the lawyers’. Get to know whether the attorney has sufficient experience in trials when your case is likely to go to trial. In that case, attorneys who got their licenses not long ago, won’t have enough experience.
To end with, look into the engagement agreement. Make a request to have a look at the 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. When told that a written contract is not needed, find a different lawyer.