6 Signs You Should Get a New Colorado Attorney
If you have been injured in an accident of some kind, it’s important to work with a Colorado attorney to give yourself the best chance at receiving the largest possible settlement. Unfortunately, not all attorneys are good at what they do or have your best interests in mind. This can be a serious problem if you’ve already hired an attorney.
The following are six signs that it might be time to cut your current attorney loose:
1. YOUR LAWYER ISN’T WORKING ON A CONTINGENCY BASIS
A good lawyer will work with personal injury victims on a contingency basis. This means that instead of being billed for their services every week, you won’t be responsible for paying for their legal representation until after the case is finished. In fact, the most reputable attorneys won’t charge you unless you win the case. They will simply take the money you owe for their services from your settlement. By doing this, you won’t have to worry about losing money over the course of your case.
2. YOUR LAWYER IS TAKING TOO LONG
If your lawyer is taking too long to put together your case or complete simple tasks, it generally means they are either overworked or they don’t know what they are doing. This can be extremely problematic when it comes to the possibility of an actual trial since they will have to meet real deadlines that could affect the outcome of your case.
3. YOUR LAWYER ASKS YOU TO DO THINGS YOU’VE ALREADY DONE
If your lawyer keeps asking you to fill out documents and paperwork you have already filled out, it’s a red flag of disorganization. If they can’t even keep track of the work you’ve already done, how are they going to keep track of the evidence they’ve collected or paperwork that’s required by the court?
4. YOUR LAWYER DOESN’T RESPOND TO YOU
If it takes days for your lawyer to respond to your emails or phone calls, or they don’t respond at all, there’s a serious problem. Either they don’t care about your case, they have bad communication skills, they’re disorganized or they have too many cases that they are working on at the same time. Whatever the reason may be, it’s most likely going to hurt your case.
5. YOUR LAWYER IS PRACTICING UNETHICAL BILLING PRACTICES
Pay attention to how your lawyer is billing you. There are lawyers out there who take advantage of their clients because their clients don’t know better. Be aware of possible over billing or excessive billing.
Additionally, keep an eye out for vague billing, which means being billed for items which contain no details. For example, a billed phone call should include the names of all parties involved, the time it lasted, what was spoken about and when the call was made. You should also watch out for surcharges on legal expenses and hidden expenses.
6. YOUR LAWYER DISPLAYS A POOR ATTITUDE
It’s going to be difficult to have confidence in a lawyer who doesn’t have a good attitude. You want to work with a lawyer who cares about you, your case, and who has a positive attitude throughout the proceedings. A poor attitude or disinterest not only strains your professional relationship, but can also reflect on your case.
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