Questions to ask a lawyer:
Is the initial consultation FREE?
Do you work on a "no fee unless I win" Basis?
What is your experience in this field?
Have you been an established and respected firm
serving the area for more than 25 years?
Have you handled matters like mine?
Can you give me references of other people you've successfully represented?
What are the possible outcomes of my case?
What are my alternatives in resolving the matter?
What other legal services may I need at this time?
Approximately how long will it take to resolve?
Do you recommend mediation or arbitration?
What are your rates and how often will you bill me?
What is a ballpark figure for the total bill,
including fees and expenses?
How will you keep me informed of progress?
What kind of approach will you take to resolve the
matter - aggressive and unyielding, or Will you be
more inclined to reach a reasonable settlement?
Who else in the office will be working on my case?
Can junior attorneys or paralegals in the office
handle some of the administrative work at a lower
To Ferret: This I'm sure can be found on the internet but I wrote it directly from my government textbook.