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Hiring an Ottawa Lawyer? Choose Wisely?
Hiring a lawyer?
Make sure he or she has relevant experience.
Regardless of what kind of lawyer you are looking to hire, you should make sure that the lawyer you decide to work with has relevant experience. It is best to work with a lawyer who has several years of experience dealing with cases like yours. While no two cases are identical, a lawyer who has experience dealing with cases that are similar to yours is better equipped to achieve a successful outcome for your case.
The first thing you should look for is a lawyer who has experience in the kind of law your case is dealing with. For example, if you have been injured in a car accident, you need to hire a personal injury lawyer who has dealt with motor vehicle accident victims in the past. Likewise, if you are facing criminal charges, make sure that you hire a lawyer who has at least ten years of experience working in the area of criminal law. A lawyer who practices a variety of kinds of law and has not specialized in a particular area, may not know as much about handling your particular case. Years of experience as a lawyer count for something, but if that experience is not relevant to your specific case, the lawyer is likely not the best one to represent you.
You also want your Ontario lawyer to have relevant experience in court. Although many cases, both personal injury and criminal in nature, are settled out of court, you want your lawyer to have experience at trial in the event that your case does go to court. A lawyer who has several years of experience in court will understand the procedures and will be able to confidently represent you. It is also important to know that not only does your lawyer have experience in a courtroom but they have also successfully won cases that have gone to court.
You should also keep in mind that a lawyer who is familiar with your geographical region may be able to better represent you. You want your lawyer to be familiar with the courts, lawyers, police, etc. of the region in which you live. For example, if you were injured in a slip and fall accident in Ottawa, it is best to hire a lawyer who is familiar with the courts as well as the other individuals involved in the legal process, in Ottawa.
When considering which lawyer to hire, be sure to take into account their experience as a lawyer and make sure that their experience is relevant to your particular case. Hiring a good lawyer is important and if you have questions about how to look for the best lawyer for your case, contact the Ontario personal injury and criminal lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth Accident & Injury Lawyers.
How to Assess an Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer?
While there are many factors you want to consider when choosing an Ontario personal injury lawyer, one of the most important is their experience. If your lawyer has several years of experience handling personal injury cases like yours, they are in a better position to successfully represent you. Ideally you should look for a lawyer with at least ten years of experience but as you will read below, the kind of experience a lawyer has is often more important than years of experience.
It may seem obvious, but if you have a personal injury case, you should hire a lawyer who works in personal injury law. Some lawyers practice a number of different kinds of law and while personal injury law might be one of the areas they are familiar with, it is best if you hire a lawyer who deals exclusively with personal injury cases. Generalist lawyers who practice several kinds of law will likely not be as familiar with personal injury law and cases like yours, compared to a lawyer who is an expert in Ontario injury law.
In addition to being an expert in personal injury law, your lawyer should also have relevant trial experience. Many Ontario injury cases are resolved out of court, but in the event that your case goes to trial, you want to feel confident that your lawyer has the relevant experience to handle your case in court. A personal injury lawyer who has represented clients in court many times, will understand the trial procedures and know the best way to argue your case in this situation. You also want to make sure that your lawyer has not only represented clients in court, but that they have also achieved outcomes in their client’s favour.
Hiring a lawyer who is familiar with the region in which your case is proceeding, is also a good idea. If you suffered a personal injury in an accident in Ottawa, you should hire a lawyer who is familiar with the Ottawa region. Working with a lawyer who is familiar with the other individuals involved in the legal process (lawyers, judges, etc.) as well as the Ottawa courts, can only benefit your case.
If you have been injured in an Ontario accident and are looking for an experienced lawyer to handle your case, contact the injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth Accident & Injury Lawyers.
Ottawa Criminal Lawyer | Finding an Honest Lawyer
What to Look For in an Ontario Criminal Lawyer:
The Importance of Honesty
If you have been charged with a criminal offence in Ontario, one of the most important things you can do to help your case is to hire a good criminal defence lawyer to represent you. It can be difficult to know where to start to find a good lawyer and it can also be overwhelming. Many accused people don’t know what to look for or what questions to ask. This article will try to help you know how to choose a good criminal defence lawyer by explaining the important of honesty. Later articles will look at some more important factors to consider when choosing an Ontario criminal lawyer.
The most important characteristic of a good criminal defence lawyer is honesty. It is crucial that you find a lawyer that you can trust and that you feel comfortable speaking with. There are two particular areas where you want to feel that your lawyer is being honest. The first is that your lawyer is honest about the potential outcomes of your case. Criminal defence lawyers cannot predict the outcome of any given case but they can show you how they think the case may proceed and develop the best strategy possible.
While it may sound great to hear a lawyer guarantee that they will win your case, you should be very skeptical of such promises. If a lawyer tells you how easy it will be to win your case you should probably not trust them. Good criminal defence lawyers will explain to you the potential outcomes of your case. If your lawyer is optimistic or confident about your case, that is a good thing because you want them to work toward the best outcome for you. A good lawyer will explain to you their strategies for successfully defending you but they will also lay out what might happen if things don’t go the way you plan. Make sure that your lawyer gives you an honest assessment of your case and the potential outcomes.
The second area where you want to make sure your lawyer is being honest is regarding legal fees. The last thing you want to find out at the end of your case is that you have a surprise bill to pay for the legal services you received. You can assess the honest level of a particular lawyer by looking at the way they charge their clients. It is best to work with a lawyer who uses a retainer system. This system is the most honest arrangement between a lawyer and their client and they allow you to also plan ahead. A good criminal defence lawyer should be upfront about their legal fees and should be able to give you an estimate of what their services will cost.
Lastly some important questions to ask your lawyer include:
1. What is the worst/best case scenario?
2. What challenges do you see in my case?
3. When do I have to pay legal fees?
4. What are my options and what are the risks and benefits of each option?
If you are facing criminal charges, contact the criminal defence lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth Accident & Injury Lawyers and you can be confident that you will receive honest legal representation.
Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer
Our personal injury practice is led by experienced Ottawa litigator Brenda Hollingsworth. For more information on this practice area, visit our Ottawa personal injury site, call us at 613-702-8011 or e-mail us at [email protected].
Ottawa lawyer Brenda Hollingsworth represents victims of serious accidents. If you need help with any of the following types of injuries, contact our firm to see if we can help you:
- Motor vehicle Accidents;
- Pedestrian Accidents;
- Bicycle Accidents;
- Motor Cycle Accidents; and
- Slips and Falls.
Ottawa Criminal Defence Lawyer
Our criminal defence practice is led by seasoned criminal lawyer Richard Auger. Richard has successfully represented clients charged with everything from impaired driving, to tax evasion, to murder. For more information on this practice area, visit our criminal defence site, call us at 613-702-8011 or e-mail us at [email protected].
Our Ottawa criminal lawyers can help you if you have been charged with a criminal offence, or think that you might be. We represent clients with issues relating to:
- Fraud, tax evasion and other white collar crimes;
- Assault including domestic assault and sexual assault’
- All drinking and driving charges;
- homicide, manslaughter and other very serious criminal charges.
Ottawa Administrative Law
Both Ottawa Lawyers Richard Auger and Brenda Hollingsworth have significant experience in administrative law cases.
The firm has worked on major public inquiries, judicial reviews, licensing matters and other areas of administrative law.
If you would like to discuss your administrative law issue with a lawyer, feel free to call our office at 613-702-8011 or e-mail us at [email protected].