Interviewer: That’s great. I was going to ask you what you consider to be the hallmarks of a good attorney versus a non-good one. But just to round out the topic, let me ask this. Are there any warning signs, as people interview different attorneys to hire, that they should look out for that tell them this might not be the right person?
Carl: Well I think picking an attorney is very personal. People do have to have confidence in the person they choose. They do have to have a level of communication that’s more than just a casual acquaintance. They have to be able to completely confide in their attorney. A good attorney will respond to that in a way that the client knows the attorney understands what they’re saying.
Acknowledge That Each Case Is Unique
Every client that I have is different. There is something about their case that’s different from the client before them. There is something about their lifestyle that’s different. Some people need to resolve their cases very quickly because of a big life change that’s going on. They’re changing jobs, or they’re moving.
I try to have a comprehensive interview before I’m even retained so that I can figure what some of those nuances are. Because I think cases are decided on the nuances, all the small details that a good attorney will discover and use to their client’s benefit.
By Carl Spector