Hardly any lawsuits that are filed ever really make it to trial, while for those that do make it, they obtain small verdicts. Finding the right employment lawyer determines the verdict of your work case or whether it winds up in the courtroom to begin with.
1. THEIR COMMUNICATION SKILLS
How well does he/she communicate? Are they easily reachable by phone, text or email? You need a lawyer who can report back to you regularly about the developments in your case.
2. REASONABLE CONTINGENCY FEE
Contingency fees should be a percentage of your case if it settles, and nothing if it doesn’t. Other charges will naturally come off after calculation of the charge and you should be able to negotiate that with your potential lawyer.
3. INQUIRE ABOUT YOUR STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
After giving your potential employment lawyer the facts about your case, you need to ask them what they think are the strengths and weaknesses of your case. Following, both of you should start working early on minimizing the weaknesses and developing the strengths.
4. MAKE FULL DISCLOSURE
All relationships including that with your attorney are built on trust. Bring up any legal issues you may have from the past and report everything that may be relevant to your case in a clear and complete manner. Likewise, if your potential attorney isn’t probing into your past, he/she might not be your best fit.
5. GO EQUIPPED
You can take a long a list of percipient witnesses with you who are willing to recount what happened to you at work. Anyone with a similar experience to yours at work is an asset to your employment lawyer.
6. USE OF PRIVATE DETECTIVE
A competent investigator can exponentially increase the value of your case. Inquire with your potential lawyer whether they employ the services of a detective and decide on how early into the case to do that. In order to avoid surprises
7. TO RESOLVE EARLY OR LITIGATE FIRST
There are employment lawyers whose practice is to try and resolve first, then litigate later while there are those who litigate first and resolve later. You should ask your lawyer about the percentage of his or her practice that emphasizes early resolution versus litigation. If you would like to learn more, visit Levitt LLP for additional resources.
8. YOUR CASE’S WORTH
A good lawyer won’t tell you your case’s worth from the first meeting because value is fact-dependent and subjective