If you’re planning to hire a maritime attorney, you’ll need to know what to look for. This can help save both time and money in the long run when you have exactly what you need from your lawyer. Here are some factors that should help you find a good maritime lawyer:
Know your case
Before you begin the process of hiring a maritime attorney, it’s important to know your case. Do you understand who you are dealing with? What laws apply to your dispute? What are your goals and objectives? Are there facts or information that will help guide the process of resolving this dispute in the best way possible for you and your family?
To fully understand what it means to “know” your case, let’s take a look at some examples:
- Know who/what is involved with this situation: This can include people involved as witnesses or plaintiffs in addition to defendants. It could also mean knowing exactly what happened on board a ship or on land during an accident.
- Know if there was any negligence involved: Being negligent means someone did something wrong, causing injuries or damages.
- Know why those injuries occurred: Anytime anyone gets hurt while working anywhere (including ships), we have laws in place that require employers to provide workers’ compensation coverage through private insurers.
When it comes to the actual process of hiring, there are several questions you can ask to help give you some insight into their suitability for your case:
- What is their experience? This is important because not all attorneys have had equal amounts of experience in handling maritime cases. You want to make sure that your lawyer has plenty of relevant experience.
- What was their success rate in similar cases? Some lawyers will try and claim that they are great at what they do, but if they cannot show evidence that backs this up, then chances are they aren’t as good as they claim to be. Ask them about their past successes so that you know whether or not they have what it takes before agreeing on representation with them.
- Has this lawyer ever been disciplined by any professional associations?
Look for someone who knows the field
When looking for a maritime attorney, choosing someone who knows the field and has experience with your case type is important. For example, if you are injured in a boating accident, look for an attorney who has experience with maritime personal injury cases. If you need help getting your wages from an employer that refuses to pay them to you after leaving their employment, hire an attorney who specializes in wage theft claims.
When looking at different firms or solo practitioners in your area, make sure they specialize in maritime law so they know how things work marine-side – especially when it comes time to file your complaint with the state court system.
Consider his experience in the field
When you are looking for a maritime attorney, it is important that he has experience in this field. The more experience, the better. The attorney should be able to provide a list of cases he has worked on, clients he has worked with, and references from previous clients who can attest to his knowledge and ability.
Be clear on your budget
It is important to be clear on your budget before you begin searching for a maritime attorney. When it comes to legal costs, there are many factors that can influence the amount you have to pay for your case. The type of work involved and the time it takes for an attorney to complete a case are some examples of these factors.
You should ask about these things from potential maritime attorneys so that you can get an idea of how much your case will cost before hiring one.