|Choosing a malpractice attorney
Your lawyer's area of expertise and prior experience are important. Some states have specialization programs. These programs provide some form of certification for lawyers in those states.
Clients are entitled to the undivided loyalty of the attorney they choose to pursue their claims and represent their interests. Whatever is discussed between the client and the attorney is almost always confidential, and only the client can determine to waive the privilege of confidentiality.
|How firms are rated
Law firms and individual attorneys are rated through a national rating service. The rating is determined based on opinions expressed by the professional peers in the general community.
|What does it mean to be board certified?
Each board certified lawyer has demonstrated substantial involvement in the certified area, passed a rigorous written examination, participated in a substantial amount of continuing education above that required of all Bar members, and has successfully completed the peer review process.
|What is a contingency fee?
Contingency fee agreements are agreements that an attorney has with his or her client regarding the payment of the attorney fees. It is not based on the usual hourly rate of the attorney.
|Who pays the expenses?
The costs of a lawsuit are generally paid by each party unless specified differently in a state statute or a contract between the parties. Costs of maintaining or defending a lawsuit include not only attorney fees, but also expenses such as filing fees, facsimile and telephone charges, and deposition and expert witness costs.
|Why is it important for an attorney to have references?
The selection of a qualified attorney is an important matter. It is recommended that you do some research before selecting an attorney to represent your interests.