Written by Galen T. Shimoda and Justin P. Rodriguez
Before initiating a lawsuit, you should take the time to sit and think about what you really want to accomplish and what kind of attorney would help you accomplish it. As with every profession, each attorney has their own style and that style can either help your goals or detract from them. For example, if your goal is to avoid extensive and costly litigation, you may want to avoid an overly aggressive attorney. If your goal is to take a case all the way to trial, you will want to hire an attorney who actually has the time to appropriately litigate your case and take it that far. Having clearly defined goals is especially important because it will set the tone and strategy for the entire case.
Many times it can be hard for people to have clearly defined goals simply because they do not know their rights or merits of their individual case. It is for this reason that it is imperative to find an attorney who is able to give you an honest evaluation of your case at the outset. While the facts and theories of a case may change or develop further as the case progresses, this initial evaluation will help you know exactly what you're getting into, e.g. what facts will have to be developed further, whether a case exists for establishing liability, and what damages you may actually be entitled to if you're successful at trial. With this information in hand you can take the time to think long and hard about whether it is worth it to you to proceed with a case. But, it is important that you have an attorney who is willing to tell you the bad along with the good. There is nothing worse in litigation than a false sense of confidence.
Other important aspects to seeking an attorney would be the level of communication throughout the case. The attorney-client relationship is really a partnership. The ability of the attorney to act as an effective advocate for you depends on how responsive you are to the attorney's requests and whether you are able to provide the needed facts when asked. You should also be sure to have an attorney who is able to provide you regular case status updates so you can continually re-evaluate your ultimate goals as the case progresses. Finding an attorney who is open and honest in analyzing your claims and willing to continually update you on your case will go a long way in making sure you have a successful litigation experience.
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