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Ten Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Lawyer

Knowldegeable Savannah Personal Injury Attorney

  1. Did the lawyer call or contact me first?

It is illegal in Georgia and a violation of the State Bar’s rules of professional conduct for a lawyer or someone from the lawyer’s office to call or contact you directly about your case without you contacting them first. Unscrupulous lawyers have a number of ways to find out about you and your injury and will use them to solicit your business. Some lawyers will even send an “investigator” to the scene of a crash, to the emergency room or to your home. DO NOT hire a lawyer who contacts you improperly. Report them to the Bar or to Vaught Law Firm and we will report them. If they will violate their oath before they even get your case, what kind of lawyer will they be?

  1. Am I actually speaking to and meeting with the lawyer?

Believe it or not, at many law firms the client never even gets to sit down with the lawyer they are hiring. If you can not get a face to face meeting with the lawyer in his or her office, go somewhere else. If you only need “one call” to the lawyer’s office, how can your lawyer get to know you and your needs? Does that lawyer really even practice there? At Vaught Law Firm, we get to know our clients from the first meeting. My clients have my cell phone number and many have become like family.

  1. Who will work on my case?

Many lawyers, especially those on television, send your case to assistants, paralegals or “case managers” who are not lawyers and not licensed to even sign legal documents. At Vaught Law Firm, John Vaught works on your case from start to finish.

  1. Will you actually file suit and try my case?

The truth is, many lawyers now days don’t ever go to court for their clients and never see the courthouse. If the case can’t be quickly settled for a fast buck, they send it out to another firm. At Vaught Law Firm, your case will be filed and tried if necessary. John Vaught will personally go to court with you. Consistently recognized as one of the top litigators in Georgia, John has the experience necessary to win your case at trial.

  1. How do you get paid?

If you can’t sit down with the lawyer you are hiring and have them explain the details of the contract, walk away. At Vaught Law Firm, the majority of our clients pay on contingency – if they don’t recover, they don’t pay. Our contact is a simple one page document and has never changed.

  1. When I call your office, what can I expect?

Too many lawyers fail to return calls. In fact, the number one complaint from clients to the Bar is that their lawyer won’t speak to them on the phone and won’t return their calls. At Vaught Law firm, when you call and ask to speak to John Vaught, you get John Vaught. If you call and leave a message, you will get a return call - usually that day but always within twenty four hours.

  1. Have any of the lawyers in the office been disciplined by the Bar or sued for malpractice?

Everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes lawyers have unhappy clients. But if your lawyer has been repeatedly sued, reported to, or disciplined by the State Bar, it’s a good idea to find out why. John Vaught has never been sued for malpractice and never been disciplined by, or even reported to, the State Bar.

  1. Has the lawyer been rated by Martindale-Hubble?

On-line reviews are everywhere and it’s hard to know which ones to believe. Ask the lawyer what their rating is from Martindale-Hubble – that’s what other lawyers say about each other. John Vaught is rated by other lawyers as having the highest ethical standards and the highest level of professional excellence - AV Preeminent.

  1. What results have you obtained for your clients in this type of case?

Not all cases are the same. Many areas of litigation, like medical malpractice, require years of experience and detailed knowledge of the practice. Make sure the lawyer has a proven track record.

  1. What’s my case worth?

That’s the question everyone really wants to know but if the lawyer promises you a certain amount of money, think again. While experienced lawyers may be able to give you a very general estimate, they know that there are no hard and fast rules or formulas to determine case value. Every case, like every person, is different. So if your lawyer promises you the moon, you’re probably just being told what you want to hear. Find a lawyer who will be honest with you about every aspect of your case, not just when it suits them.

If you have a question that we have not answered, do not hesitate to contact our office today. We would be pleased to address any of your concerns and advise you about the specifics surrounding your case. Call for a free consultation with our legal team now!