HOW TO CHOOSE A GOOD ATTORNEY
THE DIPLOMA AND THE COLLEGE CAN NEVER BE A BASIS TO DEMONSTRATE THE COMPETENCE IN THE TIME OF HIRING A PROFESSIONAL TO DEFEND THEIR CAUSE. SO KNOW THE CRITERIA FOR CHOOSING A GOOD ATTORNEY.
The recommendation is one of the best ways, the indication of a friend who faced the problem similar to yours can help a lot.
Ask what treatment was given to your case, whether you received the attention you paid and what the amount charged for each step of the process.
Find a lawyer with experience in cases similar to what you are facing.
Do not take into account advertising and ads. Advertising is prohibited by the OAB.
Avoid those who present themselves as specialists in all areas of law (nobody can be versatile at this point) and those who accumulate other functions, such as accountant, realtor or insurance.
The first visit:
A phone call before going to the office helps to get an impression of the person you are going to hire. Speak broadly about your case, not to mention the other party.
After your first contact, make an appointment at the office and ask if you will pay for this appointment.
Observe the organization of the environment, and if the service is fulfilled at the scheduled time, non-compliance with the schedule is a bad sign, because the judicial process requires commitment with deadlines.
Check for conflict of interest, and you can not hire a lawyer to defend your case with a bank if your office defends interests of this same bank.
The organization of the documents:
Request the list of documents that will be part of your file.
Organize your claims and make a list of data from those involved and witnesses;
Decide on your purpose: will you sustain the course of the process or will you accept a settlement proposal?
When Should You Change Lawyer:
If he has withdrawn money, deposited judicial or made agreement without his consent, the trust is broken;
If he misses an important deadline in the process. Those who lose time can quickly lose their cause;
If he does not believe in your cause. If you are not confident you will never be able to persuade the Judge;
If the lawyer’s need is money and his cause is simply one more. Winning or losing cause to him is the same thing.
How you negotiate the fees:
The best time to negotiate is before the signing of a power of attorney;
Fix price. Try to determine in the contract both the amount and the mode of payment.
Negotiate the payment in parts according to the floor of the case, in the success of the case in the first instance, and the remainder at the end after the appeal is filed (if any).
Refer customers to cases similar to yours in exchange for a discount.
When the contract is based on hours to follow up the forum or check documents, try to negotiate a better value by the time you perform.
Avoid taking the trouble to the last minute lawyer. Seek the defense as soon as you receive the summons/subpoena.