When you have been injured in an accident and need to speak to a personal injury attorney, it is important to know what to expect. Keep reading to learn about four things we recommend you know before you call an attorney to request a free legal consultation. Then contact Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn at (310) 209-1600 to request your consultation.
- The Consultation May Not Be Free
- You Are Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege
- It is Likely Your Case Will Be Taken on a Contingency Basis
- The Lawyer May Choose Not to Take Your Case
Many people have heard so often that a consultation with an attorney is free that they assume all attorneys follow this practice. Far from it. When you call for your consultation, make sure you ask the attorney you are considering what the cost of the consultation will be. You may choose to pay it if you wish but you should at least be aware before you get started.
If you go see an attorney for the purposes of getting their legal opinion, then you have created an attorney-client relationship. As a result, anything you say to them cannot be shared with anyone else. You can be open and honest without worry that it will negatively affect your case.
Most personal injury cases are taken on a contingency basis. What does this mean for you? It means that you will not owe any legal fees or other attorney’s fees until the attorney wins your case. In the event that they do not win your case and you do not receive a settlement or jury award, then you will not owe them anything for your legal fees.
It is important to realize that just because you consult with an attorney does not mean that they are going to take your case. There are many reasons they may choose not to. For example, they may have a conflict of interest, they may believe that your best option is to take a settlement offered by the insurance company, the statute of limitations may have passed, or it may not be within their area of expertise.
Ready to Learn About Your Options? Call Us Now!
If you are ready to learn about the options available to you then we welcome your call to Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn at (310) 209-1600. We can begin with a free consultation during which we will answer your questions, learn more about your case, and get you the information you need to make the most informed decision about how to move forward.