Selecting An Attorney to Represent You
Choosing an attorney to assist you with a serious problem is often a difficult, daunting and complicated undertaking. I suggest you closely examine the other attorneys’ websites you are considering and decide for yourself who has the type of experience, understanding and dedication to youth issues that you are looking for in a lawyer.
If you case involves sexual abuse, look closely to see if the lawyer or the firm is primarily focused on child sexual abuse cases or does the attorney and the firm work on a whole laundry list of personal injury cases like motor vehicle accidents, pharmaceutical cases, aviation crashes, products liability, medical malpractice and the like?
If your case involves a teen who has killed a parent or some other intra-family homicide, look to see if that attorney has significant experience in representing teens or does he or she have a general criminal practice that includes all kinds of crimes from drunk driving and immigration cases to white collar offenses and burglary?
And regardless of how each attorney’s website describes his or her focus, carefully review the attorney’s experience. Examine for example the professional organizations to which he or she belongs or the articles he or she has written. Do those organizations have anything to do with sexual abuse or children’s issues? Or for example has the lawyer written any articles on molestation of children or delivered any professional talks on the problems of family violence? 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 problem similar to the one you have; if the answer is yes, then ask about how many sexual abuse cases has the lawyer actually had? Were those cases settled? Has the attorney 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 or another attorney is the right choice for you.