Questions to Ask Your Potential Lawyer


Hiring a lawyer can be a daunting task. Whether it’s a criminal defense lawyer or a civil litigation attorney, you obviously want them to achieve the best possible outcome for your case. That’s why the initial consultation is so important. It’s during this time when you should decide to either move forward with the lawyer or explore other options. But how do you know if the attorney best suits your needs? Asking relevant questions is certainly a good start. That said, here are some questions to ask your possible defense attorney:


  1. How long have you practiced law? – Depending on the case, your livelihood could be at risk. The right lawyer by your side makes a significant difference. Now probably isn’t the time to hire an attorney who just got out of law school. When in doubt, opt for someone with plenty of experience. At the law office of Cavett, Abbott & Weiss in Chattanooga, our attorneys have been in practice for more than a combined 60 years.
  2. What types of cases do you handle? – You’re probably going to be disappointed if you hire a domestic assault lawyer for your slip and fall case. Keep in mind that attorneys have specific areas of practice. It’s crucial you know that ahead of time. At our law firm, we assist clients with everything from probation violations and driving-related charges to construction disputes and title insurance.
  3. How will you contact me about my case? – Lawyers are incredibly busy. But that doesn’t mean they should be ignoring clients after the first meeting. You deserve to know what is going on with your case and to not be left in the dark. Don’t be afraid to ask your lawyer how they go about communicating with clients. They should be able to clarify how often and under what circumstances they will get in touch with you.
  4. What is your approach to representing a case? – Due to the nature of our practice areas, our defense attorneys take an aggressive approach. For example, if you were recently arrested for DUI, our law firm is going to look at how the officer handled the situation. A proactive strategy may lead us to figure out that the officer failed to read your rights or have you complete the roadside maneuvers. No two lawyers take an identical approach to their cases, so be aware of this as you make your decision.
  5. Are there others ways to resolve my case? – Some cases can be handled through other less expensive and time-consuming means than a trial. See what the attorney has to say about any alternatives for solving your legal dilemma. Maybe they will suggest arbitration or another sort of out-of-court arrangement.


We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about our legal services. When you hire a federal criminal lawyer at our firm, you’re getting someone who will fight for you. Unlike other law firms, we treat you and your case with the utmost respect.

See what our criminal law attorney can do for you. Contact the law firm of Cavett, Abbott & Weiss today.    

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