When you’re in an accident, it can be difficult to know what to do. That’s why you need a good lawyer on your side. You need someone who will listen to you, help you through this difficult time, and fight for your rights. Unfortunately, there are so many lawyers out there that it can be hard to tell which one is right for you. That’s why we wrote this guide — so that you can choose the right attorney for your case.
1. How to choose the right motor vehicle accident lawyer for your case
If you’re in an accident, you’re going to need a car accident lawyer.If you have a medical issue, you’re going to need a medical malpractice lawyer. If your tenant is suing you for something, you’re going to need a good eviction lawyer.
Plus, when you’re a real estate investor you need property and tenant lawyers. Good property and tenant lawyers will fight for your interests for as long as you live and even after you leave this world. So, I want to help you choose the right attorney for you.
I’m not one of those people who collect cash for a fee and send a letter. I’m no snake-oil salesman.
As with all good things in life, you need to start where you are and work your way up to where you need to be. We’re in a time where reputation is more important than ever. If you have a bad reputation somewhere, you could be in trouble.
So, with that being said, here are a few questions knowing what kind of lawyer you need:. Does the attorney want to work with you personally or will they represent you from a law firm?
A good attorney will encourage you to speak with them before you hire them for their personal representation. This is important because big law firms oftentimes ax any qualified attorney they do not use. Before you hire an attorney, be sure they have an email address — that’s how you find out about their availability. This possibly could be the first thing you should do when hiring them.
When I was first starting out as a real estate investor, I decided to outsource most of my legal work. Even though I knew I needed to practice real estate law in my own right, I figured I could outsource most of the rest.
2. What should you look for in a lawyer?
When choosing a lawyer, you should look for someone who has experience in the field you need help in. If you’re starting a business or have an intellectual property dispute, you want a business lawyer. If you’re getting divorced, you’ll want a family lawyer.It’s important to find the right lawyer because he or she can represent you both during the trial and the appeals process.
In order to find a lawyer, you’ll need to start at the top: Getting a Basic Information Sheet. The information on this sheet should give you everything you need to know about the type of lawyer you need, and it will save you a lot of time. When you search the internet for a lawyer’s name, you can see what kinds of cases they have, and you can sometimes find some information about their fees.
Save time and money by hunting down a lawyer by going to the next step: Finding a Professional Employer Reference List. There are absolutely no fees for asking this list. This particular list usually won’t go through any named companies, but will instead see who else a lawyer has worked for either as a sole practitioner, as a partner, or as a staff attorney. Make sure to ask whoever compiled this list for any information about any specific cases. You also want to see if the lawyer has any disciplinary actions, whether or not they were dismissed. Also, ask about any licensing actions, particularly for hard drink/drug problems. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it can potentially give you a good indication of how serious the lawyers are about the laws they’re fighting to uphold.
You want to see if the lawyer has any known bankruptcies on his record. Even if they haven’t filed for bankruptcy, you want to make sure that they’ve got enough assets to get out of trouble if they ever needed to. Many times a lawyer can’t even get a loan for a car, let alone for an investment property.
3. How to find the right lawyer for your needs and budget
There are a lot of ways to find a lawyer when you need one, but when you need a good one, it can be a bit trickier. Here are a few places you can look:
1) Ask friends and family.You probably know someone with a good legal mind — make that the first step.
2) Check out online resources. Yes, some of these sites are a bit salesy, but still, laws and legal issues change — so keep up with current laws and court rulings.
3) See which local bar associations keep a list of lawyers. Bar associations often have lists of lawyers that have exposed themselves to lawsuits. (Click here for a list of Florida bar associations’ subpoenas.)
4) Ask local real estate investor groups. A quick Google search will warrant your answer in this niche.
5) Take advantage of legal organizations’ websites. The American Bar Association, along with leading national organizations like the American Bar Association (BA) offer article and resource lists for lawyers.
6) Look at the Local SEO Groups Facebook page. Another great place to start is the SEO Associations‘ States and Cities pages.
7) Check out Yelp. Try putting in your city/state and the words “lawyer” or “attorney” to see who lists their hourly rate. Is it more than you? If so, these folks are worth their weight in gold.
8) Check your Google local listing to see who lists them.
9) Google Maps and see who lists them.
10) Other sites: the Better Business Bureau, the Federal Reserve, National Association of Attorneys, and insurance industry newsletters listed attorneys. The list goes on and on.
11) A few more general web searches. Do a Quick web search like “attorney dallas” to see who’s ranking.
The law firm that you choose will not necessarily be the one that did your accident. But it will be your advocate. They will advise you, follow up on your case, and defend your interests. So, when you get into a fight, help your attorney win.
4. Is it better to fight alone or with a lawyer? (and other frequently asked questions)
I’m frequently asked what you should do if you’re ever faced with a legal situation. Should you fight alone or should you hire a lawyer? The answer to that question depends on many factors, including the severity of the legal situation, your budget, and your personal preferences.So, before you get into any legal action, you need to have an attorney on your side — and not many people have attorneys on their side. If you don’t have a team to rely on, consider hiring an attorney to help you get out of an unwanted legal situation. They can help you decide between a lawsuit and other options like arbitration, which can be cheaper and faster.
If you’re looking for the best lawyers in the business, we’ve consulted some of the top names in the business for our real estate investing customers. These are attorneys who we know have phenomenal track records and will solve any legal problem you face.
Now that we’ve gone over why you need a lawyer and who we recommend, let’s look at eight legal issues that might lead to a lawsuit.
Eight Legal Issues You Might Encounter If You’re Sent Letter by a Lawyer
When you bought a property and then it went into foreclosure, it’s not unheard of for someone to send a threatening letter to a landlord. Even if that letter doesn’t include legal language, it’s illegal to discriminate against a tenant or homeowner based on their debt status or because the debt is often from a prior legal issue.
I once had a situation where a homeowner sent a letter threatening the rental of my home because she thought I was trying to get her money. Luckily for me, I had a provision in my lease that prohibits eviction based on mortgage bankruptcy. So, although she still technically violated that provision, it wasn’t a rental-related violation.
5. How much do lawyers cost, and what can they offer me?
The first thing you need to know is that there are many different types of lawyers, so the first thing you should do is figure out what type of lawyer you need.I’ve personally started out with personal injury and family law, but you may find it’s something else that fits your needs best within the law firm spectrum.
If you need a trustworthy one, a family law attorney would be best. They know how to keep the little things (like child custody, child support, etc.) out of the court system so that you don’t have a long, drawn out battle. A personal injury attorney on the other hand may be best suited for property and product liability related cases.
You should also find out what kind of fees you will be paying. Each type of lawyer will charge different amounts of fees for different types of cases. However, bills for personal injury and family law attorneys will generally have the highest fees. Additional fees for property and product liability lawyers and trial lawyers seem to be very cheap, but the hourly rate can be a little much.
The next thing you need to decide is how you are going to pay for your legal services. Do you have the funds or resources to kill two birds with one stone? That’s what we are referring to when we refer to the fact that working for an attorney does not grant certain privileges. You can become a “lawyer,” but that does not mean you have super powers.
There are also different types of contracts you can have as part of your legal team as well. For example, legal representation contracts can be extremely beneficial if one of your goals is to collect assets. Another example is a contingent fee contract, which will pay you a certain amount for every case you take on.
Finally, you need to decide if you are purchasing a property or a company.