If you need the services of an attorney, you are likely to have many questions for him before entering into an agreement for his services. Therefore, it is important that you be prepared to get answers to all your concerns before you choose him to represent you.

There is no substitute for experience when it comes to handling the most difficult cases. It is important that your lawyer not only know the law, it is important that you also understand the process.

If you do not understand what the lawyer tells you, ask for an explanation in simple terms. Do not be afraid to ask about his background and credentials before hiring him.

  1. How long have you been practicing law?
  2. How do you communicate with your clients?
  3. How accessible are you to your clients?
  4. When or how often do you call your clients or send them emails?
  5. How much will my case cost?
  6. Do you have enough time to dedicate yourself to my case?
  7. Will I be interacting directly with you or another person in your office?
  8. Will you handle my case or another lawyer?
  9. What is the advantage when hiring you?
  10. When will my claim start or what is the next step in my case?
  11. Why are you better than your competition?
  12. How long will my case take?
  13. Do you belong to organizations related to your profession?
  14. How many similar cases have you handled in the past?
  15. What limitations are there in representation?
  16. How can I contact you after normal business hours?
  17. If your lawyer charges for such consultation, ask him if that amount will be applied to my case if he is hired?

In addition to these questions, it is important that your lawyer speaks your language, this will help you receive clear and accurate information, and understand all the details of your case at all times.

On the other hand, remember that the Latino community in the United States has been the victim of countless frauds, harassment and/or misrepresentations by lawyers who take advantage. That is why it is very important that before hiring the services of any lawyer, consult the State Bar to verify that they are enrolled in the organization and check if there is any record against them.

This article first appeared in the January edition of the Latin Chamber of Commerce Newsletter.