Regardless of what type of case you’re filing for, whether it be workers’ compensation or personal injury, it’s always important to hire a specialized, local attorney. It can often be tempting to hire a general attorney who’s offering a low rate, or an out-of-town attorney with an excellent record, but in either situation, you could be putting your case at risk. In any situation, you’re better off with a well-trusted attorney from the area who specializes is your type of case. Here are just a few reasons why:
Know and understand local law
First and foremost, it’s important to hire a local attorney because they will be the most familiar with local laws and processes. For example, if you’re charged with a DUI in Illinois, you’ll want an experienced DUI attorney who practices in Illinois, because our state is one of the most strict when it comes to DUI law. Every state has different laws and requirements for each different type of case. A local attorney will know exactly what state or local laws express, and with this knowledge, will be best able to represent you.
Have relationships with local judges
Another reason to hire a specialized local attorney is that they’re likely to have relationships and previous knowledge of the judge trying your case. Most attorneys practice in a specific circuit or district, where there are only a few judges trying each certain type of case. If there’s one judge who’s notoriously strict on underage drinking, or driving under the influence, a local attorney will know that before they get into the courtroom, and will be able to tailor their statements accordingly.
Understand rules and implications of your specific case
Outside of hiring an attorney who is familiar with the area, it’s smart to hire an attorney who specializes in your type of case. While general attorneys are very good at their jobs, if you’re looking to bring up a workers’ compensation claim against your employer, you’re better off with an attorney who’s familiar with that particular process. Every type of case, whether it be civil or criminal, has unique deadlines and policies that go along with gathering evidence and submitting files, and you need an attorney who knows that timeline like the back of their hand. Additionally, an attorney who’s familiar with a specific type of case is more likely to know all of the complicated little ins and outs of that part of the law, and can best represent your case.
How to know when you’re hiring the right attorney
Though it’s important to hire a specialized, local attorney, it’s most important to ensure you’re hiring the most competent attorney for the job. You want the most qualified attorney you can find in your area for your specific case. When you’re searching for attorneys, don’t feel like you have to go with the first one you meet with. It’s a much better idea to have a few consultations with multiple reputable attorneys in your area. From there, you can ask what their qualifications are, if they’ve handled cases like yours before, and you can narrow your search down to the ideal attorney for your case. This method ensures you get the best reputation for your unique case.
Hiring the right specialized attorney isn’t always the easiest task. If you’re looking for workers’ comp, medical malpractice, or DUI representation, the Epstein Law Firm out of Chicago is here to answer any questions you may have. Whether you’re just looking for some answers, or you’re considering getting representation, we’re here to help! Give our office a call at 773-522-7000 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation today.