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Understanding: Litigation


Hiring a Litigation Attorney

Litigation attorneys manage all phases of the litigation from the investigation, pleadings, and discovery through pre-trial, trial, settlement, and appeal processes.


When hiring a litigation lawyer, one of the first questions you should ask is how they handle payments. The two most common ways a lawyer may require payment are on an hourly-basis or on contingency. If the litigation lawyer works on contingency, the lawyer will not charge for services, however, will collect their fee from your judgment, assuming you win your case.


Another consideration to make when hiring a litigation attorney is to make sure they will keep you informed and involved in the case. Litigation cases are often stressful and complex; therefore, it is important to make sure you be updated consistently about your case. Be sure to ask your attorney what their preferred method of communication is and understand  who your point of contact is because the person you speak with may not always be the attorney who works on your case. A paralegal or junior attorney may keep you updated. Knowing who you will be speaking with and feeling comfortable asking questions is extremely important in understanding the process of your court case.

No matter what, your litigation attorney should be well organized, respond to you in a timely manner, provide you with references, be familiar with litigation technology and answer your questions in a way that you understand. Once you find a suitable attorney for your matter, you’ll feel less intimidated moving forward in your case. 

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