How do I find a good personal injury or accident lawyer in Los Angeles?
I have been a lawyer for over 17 years. At this point, many of my clients come from past clients or from other lawyers who know the high quality of my work. However, these days, some new clients come by way of the internet. This is to say that people find me by doing an internet search and come across my website or one of my many published articles.
I am the first to say that the internet is an amazing tool. We can find almost anything there – even lawyers. And there are good lawyers that can be found on the internet – just be careful about how you go about it. There are some very large websites which are designed as lawyer marketing tools or research tools and they can be very helpful. For example: www.lawyer.com or
www.lawyers.com are massive sites which allow users to search for lawyers, ask questions and even do legal research.
www.yelp.com are great sites which talk about lawyers; provide reviews and ratings for local lawyers in many different areas.
www.justia.com and Thompson/West Publishing's
www.findlaw.com are two of my most used sites for legal research. Both can be very helpful in the search for a good personal injury lawyer. But none of these sites alone should be the basis for your important decision in hiring a lawyer.
Before you hire a lawyer you should always do certain things: First, talk to your friends and family and see if anyone you know has used a lawyer and if they were actually happy with the lawyer. Please, please, please meet your lawyer before you hire him or her. Do not believe everything you read on the internet. Understand that if you lawyer does not have the time to meet with you before you hire him, he most certainly will not have sufficient time for you after you hire him. Don't be afraid to ask your lawyer questions: How long have you been doing this? Is this your main area of practice? Are you familiar with this type of injury/accident/courthouse, etc?
Remember that your lawyer actually works for you, the client. Without clients, we would be out of business. If you are not comfortable with your lawyer, find a different one. Never be afraid to get a second opinion from another lawyer before you make a hiring decision. Never be afraid to talk to the lawyer about his fees and never hire a lawyer who does not offer you a written fee agreement or retainer agreement outlining the work he will do and the fee he will be paid.
There are many competent and professional lawyers here in California and I am one of many. I hope that you consider me for your accident or injury case and I will always offer a free consultation to discuss your case with you. If, after meeting me and discussing all aspects of your case with me, if you feel comfortable with me then you may feel free to hire me. If not, ask me for the names and numbers of two or three of my colleagues in the field. Maybe another lawyer will be a better fit for you and your case.
If you have questions about any injury or accident case including medical malpractice, wrongful death and work related injuries, call me: Attorney Jeffrey Vallens
(818) 783-5700 or (888) 764-4340 or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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