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Ten Questions to Ask
Before Hiring a Lawyer

Ten Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Lawyer

Knowledgeable Savannah Personal Injury Attorney

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, P.C. and we will report them. If they will violate their oath before they even get your case, what kind of lawyer will they be?

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, P.C. we get to know our clients from the first meeting. My clients have my cell phone number and many have become like family.

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, P.C., John Vaught works on your case from start to finish.

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, P.C. 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.

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, P.C. 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.

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, P.C. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Read What Our Clients
Have to Say

  • I had a consultation with John, and he expeditiously handled my situation and was able to resolve it in a timely fashion, with a positive outcome. I would highly recommend him to anyone! Thanks John!

    “I recently had the pleasure of dealing with John. I had a small issue with a company that I could not resolve on my own. I had a consultation with John, and he expeditiously handled my situation and was able to resolve it in a timely fashion, with a positive outcome. I would highly recommend him to anyone! Thanks John!”

    Michele

  • John is very professional, and courteous, and I felt very comfortable and at ease having him handle my case. I will certainly work with him again should I find myself in the need.

    “I contacted John Vaught to represent me in a case recently concerning the death of my wife. He was recommended to me by someone that worked in the legal system while I was asking for a lawyer with knowledge and integrity. From the time of my initial interview with John, throughout the entire case, I found that he is indeed very knowledgeable of law and procedure. I was very impressed that, not only could he tell me what the law was on a given point, he also had the experience to tell me how the process was going to go, what the opposing lawyers were thinking, and even tell me what time frame was normal. Nothing was ever left out or forgotten, the process moved along very smoothly, and John kept me very informed of what was going on and what I needed to do the entire time. I also found John to be a man of integrity. It was very important to me that I not get a lawyer that was only interested in money with no respect or feelings for people. I believe that John is truly a man that cares about people, and is genuinely interested in truth and justice in any situation, an he was completely truthful with me through the whole process. John is very professional, and courteous, and I felt very comfortable and at ease having him handle my case. I will certainly work with him again should I find myself in the need.”

    DKP

  • He had a strong work ethic and gave his all without any guarantee of financial gain. I would highly recommend anyone seeking legal advice to give The Vaught Law Firm a call first.

    “Vaught Law Firm is a wonderful and professional organization. After hearing some tragic news about my mother's sudden change in health, I called the Vaught Law Firm without any prior knowledge of them or any other lawyers in the area. As soon as I called, I received nothing but full unconditional support from the office of John Vaught. He was able to meet with me immediately and gave me his full attention. Mr. Vaught was always professional and offered assistance in everyway possible that he could. He was available after hours and whenever needed. The most impressive aspect about his law firm was how he conducted business. He was very personable and really cared about the case regardless of how it turned out. I admired how he conducted business because it felt like it was more than just business. Furthermore, Mr. Vaught never mentioned any fees and never worked conditional upon any promise of money. He had a strong work ethic and gave his all without any guarantee of financial gain. I would highly recommend anyone seeking legal advice to give The Vaught Law Firm a call first.”

    James

  • I made one call to John Vaught at Vaught Law and didn't think about it again until John called me with the good news that my case was closed and we had won. It was fast and easy.

    “I had an unfortunate situation arise that I knew required legal action. I am very busy and realized I needed the expertise and time of a real professional. I made one call to John Vaught at Vaught Law and didn't think about it again until John called me with the good news that my case was closed and we had won. It was fast and easy.”

    B.O.

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