Law firms are an interesting kettle of fish. I am not one to generalise considering myself to be an ‘open minded’ individual. Old sayings like ‘Never trust a lawyer’ or ‘Never trust and arab’ are narrow-minded and based on an outdated and negative mass consciousness – aren’t they? Well I would like to think so but having dealt with lawyers first hand, they do have an element of ‘distrust’ around them.I’m not sure if it’s a case of; they are suspicious of everyone and everything and so their distrust reflects ours. Or, they are so emotionally detached from their work that we think they might not even be human! The bottom line is, no group of people can ever be the same – so we have to believe we will find a good one amongst the group.
There may come a time when we need to engage the services of a law firm. One example is following work place injuries. In this situation a law firm can help us get the work compensation we legally and rightfully deserve, particularly in cases of negligence.
If you are searching for a law firm to represent you, finding the right one can be challenging to say the least. But what if you engage one and they disappoint you or try to charge extortionately?
I have put together a list of pointers to help you choose well, so you can avoid any dramas.
1. Have a positive attitude
Sharing the belief that all law firms are dodgy or all lawyers are shifty is not going to help your cause. You may help manifest that very scenario. Having a positive attitude about your lawyer will ensure a good relationship. A lawyer is there to help you and if you believe you will find a good one there is every chance you will. Be discerning and trust your instincts. One of my own sayings goes ‘If in doubt – don’t do it’. Appoint them only if it feels right.
2. Follow recommendation
If you know someone who has been in the same situation i.e. a workplace accident caused by negligence, talk to them. Find out how they got on. Ask them if they were happy with the services of the law firm. If you don’t know anyone call the Australian Injury Helpline who offer a referral service to approved law firms.
3. Be comfortable with how they operate
Ask them to explain the process clearly to you in terms of how they operate and how they charge. Many law firms offer ‘no win no fee’ services. Find out what this means. Some no win no fee arrangements can be a little misleading. With a greater understanding and all grey areas explained you will feel more comfortable.
4. Trust in a positive outcome
Faith and total trust in justice and that everything will turn out for the best can be a great help. The mind is a powerful tool and it can serve us well. Keep the faith and know you deserve justice and compensation. Some cases can take a long time and avoiding unnecessary stress or anxiety wherever you can is recommended. If you are not happy with your lawyer, also know you can change at any time. The Australian Injury Helpline can also help in this regard.