You should make sure that the firm that
you hire has experience in handling your type of case. The law has
become very specialized and a law firm that is new to this area
may not know the most effective way to achieve positive results.
However, be wary of law firms which use the term "experts"
or "specialists" as lawyers in Ohio are generally prohibited
from using such terms.
NUMBER OF QUALIFIED ATTORNEYS
You should also ask how many lawyers in
that firm are not only licensed in your state, buy how many of those
lawyers can competently handle your lemon law or other type of case.
Just like in any company, people leave for different jobs and people
get sick. Because your case may take many months to resolve, you
want to be sure there is another attorney in the firm who can take
over if your attorney cannot continue.
You should make sure that you can meet
your attorney prior to him/her representing you, if you so choose.
Just like a doctor, a lawyer is a professional with whom you are
entrusting a very important decision in your life. Therefore, you
should be wary of any firm which will not allow you to meet your
You should also make sure that your attorney
is located in the State where you will be maintaining your case.
On the whole, lawyers must be licensed in the State in which they
are doing their legal work. If the lawyer is not located in your
state, he/she may have problems effectively representing your interests.
Lawyers are commonly required to appear at the courthouse for various
conferences, to represent their clients if a deposition is being
taken and to appear for arbitration and/or trial. If your lawyer
is forced to travel great distances to appear on your behalf, or
if he/she is hiring someone else to make such appearances, you should
question whether this will influence his/her judgment when he/she
advises you on any offers of settlement made by the opposing party.