FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
CAN I BE SURE WHETHER MY CASE WILL BE A WINNER?
No-one can be absolutely certain what will be the outcome of a case.
The best way to form an educated opinion about the prospects of your
case is to talk to trustworthy lawyers who have had experience with
SHOULD I CHOOSE AN ATTORNEY?
If you are going to retain a lawyer, you will want to choose one whom
you feel you can work with, whom you can trust, and who has relevant
experience. You will want an attorney who is committed to doing whatever
s/he can to help you achieve your goals. Consider referrals by people
you know. Consider the lawyer’s credentials. You should talk to
a number of attorneys before making your choice.
CAN I BE SURE MY LAWYER WILL DO THE BEST JOB FOR ME?
Give your attorney all facts of possible relevance, regardless of whether
you think they will help or hurt your case. A lawyer cannot optimize
the strengths of your case unless s/he knows its weaknesses as well.
Ask questions. Tell your lawyer what you want to accomplish. Consider
his/her advice on strategy. You decide, for example, whether to accept
a settlement offer - but let the lawyer make the tactical decisions.
WHAT EXTENT WILL MY CASE BECOME PUBLIC INFORMATION?
It depends. The great majority of cases settle without going to trial
and therefore require relatively little, if any, public disclosure.
Certain disclosures are required if a lawsuit is filed. In some situations
it may be appropriate for your legal representative to make public announcements
about the case - especially if there are issues related to public health
and safety or governmental misconduct. This is something you should
discuss with your prospective legal counselor.