You have probably seen a million and one television commercials for lawyers in the state of Florida. In addition to the television commercials there are billboards, newspaper ads, radio spots, and so much more. Lawyers definitely advertise aggressively to try to bring in new clientele. They know that if they do not end up with those clients, then someone else will swoop in and get them. It might be easy to think based on all of that advertising that lawyers would literally take any case that is presented to them. That is not quite the case though. They can at times be quite picky about the cases that they decide to take.
Is It Worth Their Time?
The first question that an attorney is going to ask herself is if a potential case is worth taking up from an economic point of view. Plenty of attorneys take cases on contingency these days. What this means is that an attorney only gets paid when his or her client wins the case. In the event that the case is lost or there is no monetary gain for the client they would pay nothing. In order to be able to offer this, the attorney must be picky about the cases that he or she takes on.
A few of the factors that weigh into the economic benefit for an attorney are as follows:
- Length Of Time One Must Invest In The Case
- Cost Of Obtaining Information For The Case
- Odds Of Winning The Case
- What Kind Of Jury One May Get
There are many calculations that an attorney must do in his or her head right away as they consider if they will take a case on or not. Another thing to remember is that the attorney is going to make these kind of decisions without the benefit of having all of the facts before them. They have to make a snap judgement based on the limited number of facts that they do know about it. Once that decision has been made, it is usually pretty well set in stone.
Conflicts Of Interest
Some attorneys find themselves stuck in unfortunate situations in which they have a conflict of interest with something else that they are working on. The plain truth is that they cannot proceed with a case if they have a clear conflict of interest. An attorney will not take a chance like that because they know that the odds that the court will find out are too grand. An attorney may be disciplined or worse if they try to take on a case that they have a conflict of interest about. In addition to that, they will be taken off the case if it is discovered anyway.
There are a lot of different conflicts of interest that an attorney may end up finding out that they have. There are issues related to the personal relationships that they have with those in the case. There is a chance that they could end up having a business relationship of some kind of another with someone in the case as well. No matter what the problem is, any conflict of interest is something that needs to be very seriously considered.
Statue Of Limitations Has Run Out
Most crimes or personal injury situations have a statue of limitations that applies to them. This is important because it limits the time during which a person may file a claim. It means that someone who is facing the prospect of having a suit filed against them does not have it hanging over the head forever.
Every state is different, but in a lot of cases the party bringing a lawsuit only has a few years after the incident occurred to file the suit. That is before you factor in the amount of time that it takes to obtain all of the necessary materials to fight a case in the first place. It is tedious work that can take a very long time. Thus, it is a good idea to have a lawyer start working on your case as soon as possible when you first have a situation come up. You definitely do not want to leave these kinds of things to sit. You can accomplish a lot more if you get the attorney to start pounding the pavement working on your case as soon as you realize that you have one. After that, you can just relax knowing that you are in the good hands of the attorney that you have hired.
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