When looking for legal representation, most people will choose the first attorney they meet without getting a second opinion. Many of these potential clients are lured in by the phrase “free consultation”. While a “free consultation” should mean just how it reads, we have found that is not always the case.
Things To Look Out For With “Free Consultations”
When interviewing an attorney, clients should avoid those who make the following demands during their free consultation:
You Will Be Billed for Investigation Hours
For auto accident cases, look out for any plaintiff’s attorney who says the first meeting is free but any investigation will have to be billed by the hour. It is probably safe to assume this lawyer just wanted to get you into their office to secure hourly, billable representation with no guarantee of success.
You Are Responsible for Paying Filing Fees
If the attorney says he or she will take your case, but you will be responsible for paying any filing fees or expenses as the case proceeds, be wary of this type of agreement. Any attorney with confidence in your case and legal expertise will pay for all costs and expenses as long as the case is ongoing. Reputable attorneys will guarantee that you pay nothing unless he or she is successful in securing a monetary settlement or judgment.
Expert Witness Fees
If an attorney tells you will be responsible for paying any expert witness fees related to your case, you should probably look elsewhere. As mentioned above, expert witness fees are an expense your attorney should pay for, not the client.
The Chiozza Law Firm Offers Actual Free Consultations
The Chiozza Law Firm stands by our offer of truly free and confidential legal consultations, along with our fair, in-writing fee arrangement. If you call 901-526-9494 or visit our downtown Memphis law office, you can expect a pressure-free consultation from one of our experienced attorneys. At that time, we will help explain your rights and options and how best to proceed with any type of legal matter. If we are unable to assist you in your case, we will try to recommend a reputable attorney in the Memphis area that can help you.
We have over 100 years of combined experience and success in helping residents in and around the Mid-South area pursue all types of legal claims. If we don’t believe you have a legal claim, we will be honest with you and explain the reasons. If we think you have a valid claim, our lawyers in Memphis will vigorously fight for your rights every step of the way.
If you were involved in an auto accident, have a medical malpractice claim, suffered a personal injury, were arrested in Memphis, or were merely given a speeding ticket in Shelby County, we are always here to help.
We are confident that if you give us a call at 901-526-9494 to discuss your potential claim, we know you will like what we have to say. We want you to be treated with the utmost attention and respect, just like a family member.
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