How do you choose the right attorney?

You do not want “a Jack of all trades and a master of none.” At Kurt Law Inc., we market as your premier law firm. We have a strong group of attorneys that can help you with most legal needs.  We have an attorney that has worked in Medicaid, estate planning for over 35 years; we have a criminal defense team with over 50 years’ experience and so on.

Be a wise consumer of legal services. Interview several lawyers before choosing one. Question the lawyer about his or her credentials, experience, staff, and timeline for working on and finishing your case. Look for a lawyer who sensitively listens to you, candidly answers your questions, encourages collaboration, and considers you a member of the legal team.  You want an attorney that will be honest, direct, and get the best result possible. At Kurt Law, that’s how we provide legal services.  Under the law, we get the best result possible.

Before you hire a lawyer, have a frank discussion about fees, including how and when the lawyer sends bills. We always will discuss fees at our FREE legal consultation. We do have payment plans available, but litigation is costly. In your consultation we give you the costs and option available for your case.  Every case and matter is different and handle as such. Remember, you get what you pay for!

Once you have decided upon the lawyer with whom you want to work, consider the following:

  1. Don’t delay! Deadlines may affect your case and legal rights. For example, if your loved one died as a result of the negligent or intentional behavior of another person, you may have only one year from the date of your loved one’s death to file a lawsuit against the perpetrator. Also, if you are a surviving spouse and your loved one died without a will, there may be a limitation period on the property rights that you can claim as a surviving spouse. Finally, although most states no longer have estate or inheritance taxes, a few states still do; you do not want to incur penalties and interest by not filing the estate or inheritance tax returns on time.
  2. Take a notebook or journal with you to each appointment with your lawyer and make notes of your meeting, especially recording activities that your lawyer wants you to do.
  3. In defense of lawyers everywhere, I beg you to not shoot the messenger. Your lawyer may need to tell you things that you do not want to hear…difficult legal realities about your legal matter that your lawyer did not create.  Don’t. During this difficult time, your lawyer can be a powerful ally who you don’t want to alienate.  At Kurt Law, we will provide your remedies under the law.  Sometimes, it’s not the option you envisioned, but we will get you the best result we can for you under the law.
  4. Don’t panic if you have to go to court. Sometimes, it is justified, and sometimes it is not.
  5. Release your expectation of quickly finishing your case.  At your consultation, we can discuss your expectation and timelines on your matter.
  6. Call Kurt Law, Inc. for your FREE consultation (www.kurtlaw.com) at (440) 536-4530. If you choose to look for another attorney, feel free to call the Ashtabula County Bar Association at (440) 998-2628 for another possible referral.

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