The biggest mistakes people make in their personal and business affairs is 1) hiring cheap lawyers or 2) not using an expensive lawyer nearly enough.
They think they are “saving money”. But beware: Hiring a discount lawyer may show you just how expensive cheap legal help can be.
I don’t recall ever meeting anyone who actually enjoys paying an attorney. Frankly I can’t recall meeting many people who enjoy lawyers at all – not the lawyers themselves, but the idea of having to have a lawyer in the first place.
Heaven would be a world where the need for lawyers didn’t even exist – where everyone could be trusted to uphold their word, where no one would ever have misunderstood expectations in their agreements, where a simple conversation could settle any dispute that arose and where at fault parties take full legal and financial responsibility for the harm they cause.
But we aren’t in heaven, and we certainly aren’t living in a perfect world. As such, the cold hard truth is that when push comes to shove, you better be hoping that you have a good lawyer when you need one.
Let’s take an example: You are the victim of a car accident. Your vehicle is damaged and needs repairs. You need a rental car, you are missing work and you need medical care. You want to believe that everyone has good intentions and that the at fault driver and their insurance company will treat you right.
But you know better. You know the insurance company will low-ball or deny your claim if given the chance. For more information regarding insurance companies and car accidents in Arizona, click here: http://www.zacharassociates.com/uninsured-underinsured-motorists/
You need help and advice, and don’t know where to turn. Then, you see the TV or billboard advertisements for personal injury lawyers.
Discount fees? In a wreck, need a check? The law firms with animal mascots? Really?? Is this the best there is?
Do NOT underestimate the importance of selecting a good and experienced lawyer. In the end, the big advertising lawyers have only one thing in mind: Themselves. After all, they have the big advertising budgets to support.
The volume of cases they have to bring in and settle just to support the cost of all of the TV ads and billboards is huge, and honestly, your case doesn’t rum a close second to their bottom line— the almighty dollar.
In the end, often the TV lawyers win for one person and one person only, themselves. A fair settlement? How would you know, as the only information you get is likely from a legal assistant who is assigned your case.
You never even get to talk to a lawyer.
Is this what you want? Is this the type of legal service you need?
A truly great lawyer is one who will start the relationship out fair and balanced, rather than trying to make a one-sided agreement. A lawyer who is looking to take advantage of you is not the kind of lawyer you want.
Providing legal assistance is all about the ongoing relationship, not “churning and burning” from one client to the next.
A great lawyer is also one that will help you not only accomplish your needs, but willingly accept your phone calls and questions with the goal of educating you as a client to help you understand the decisions that have to be made throughout the course of the representation.
A lawyer who will help you find a balanced win/win for both sides, while making sure that no one takes advantage of you, is the best kind of lawyer there is, and they are worth every dime you pay them.
Hire a good and experienced personal injury lawyer (aka a Certified Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Law) and you may not even see the benefit.
What is a Certified Specialist? Click here for more info: http://www.zacharassociates.com/personal-injury-lawyer/
However, hire one of the discount guys, and you will realize the mistake you have made, albeit too late to help your case.
Go ahead and make as many lawyer jokes as you want to (because let’s face it, some of them are funny), but never forget that nothing will be more expensive to you than hiring a cheap lawyer, and nothing will be more painful than hiring the wrong one.