Selecting An Attorney to Represent You
For victims of sexual abuse, choosing an attorney to represent you against an institution of trust like a church, school or youth organization is a difficult and often stress-inducing decision. I suggest you very closely examine the other attorneys’ websites you are considering and decide whether the attorney has the necessary experience, understanding and dedication to child sexual abuse issues that your case demands. First examine the website and determine if the lawyer’s practice is primarily focused on child sexual abuse cases. For example peruse through the website and determine for yourself if representing victims of sexual abuse is just one of a long laundry list of cases the attorney works handles in addition to cases like motor vehicle accidents, products liability, medical malpractice and the like? Carefully look for any experience the attorney has in child sexual abuse or any children’s related issues. In addition to actual cases, has the lawyer for example written any articles on molestation or delivered any professional talks on the subject? And though the vast majority of cases settle before trial, it is important to determine whether the attorney you are considering has any real courtroom experience in these cases. Don’t stop here. After reviewing the website information, do your own internet research on the attorney to further help you determine if he or she has the necessary qualifications and experience. Finally, after you have done all of your homework, call that attorney or make an appointment to see him or her. Use the face to face meeting or the phone conversation to ask the lawyer specific questions that are relevant to your problem. First and foremost find out if the attorney has ever handled a case involving the facts and issues similar to the one you have. Ask the attorney if he or she has ever tried an abuse case before a jury?
After carefully considering all of these factors, you will then be in the best position to make a reasoned decision about whether Paul Mones is the right choice for you.