How do you choose the best lawyer for your case?
You probably would not hire your dermatologist to perform brain surgery, and you should not hire a probate lawyer or a tax lawyer to handle a serious injury case. Every lawyer licensed in your state is technically qualified to represent you in court, but lawyers specialize, just like doctors. There are many lawyers who never go to court, and there are some who have never been to court, except to get sworn in! They may be excellent lawyers, but they only handle transactions, or draft contracts, wills or trusts.
Some lawyers have developed their specialties through experience and others may have earned credentials similar to Board certification for doctors. For instance, a tax lawyer or estates and trusts lawyer may have earned the AEP designation (Accredited Estate Planner), or an LLM (Master of Laws) in those fields of law.
Personal injury lawyers have to be licensed to practice law, just like every other lawyer in the state. But all good personal injury lawyers have to be prepared to take the client’s case to court, and need to have real trial experience and solid credentials. How do you know if the lawyer you are considering has the experience needed for your personal injury case, and is reputable, effective and honest?