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Convincing an Attorney to Take Your Case

By Molly Zilli, Esq. on April 13, 2018 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

The idea that attorneys are all chomping at the bit to take any case they can get their hands on is not exactly accurate. While there are some super desperate lawyers out there, most have to be fairly discerning about taking cases they think they can win and maintaining a workable caseload. So, you may find that the first few attorneys you talk to aren't as intrigued by your case as you are. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when trying to convince an attorney to take your case.

Present a Winner

Most lawyers will not take a case if there's a very low probability of winning. They have reputations to maintain and a business to run. So, while it's not your job to know exactly what it takes to win, it will help to be organized and to present the facts as clearly as possible. You can always do a little research as well, to be informed about what it takes to win a personal injury or a breach of contract case, for example.

Be Specific and Come Prepared

Vague claims about how you were injured or wronged are not very convincing and don't give a prospective attorney much to work with. To prevail in a lawsuit, you have to show actual damages, so be specific and come prepared with the details of the harm done. This could include bills you've accrued, time off from work, and other damages.

And on a more personal note, remember that attorneys don't have to take your case. So, when presenting yourself and your facts, avoid coming across as obnoxious or hard to work with. You're not trying to ask them to the dance, but you also don't want them picturing what an awful client you'd be.

In the end, don't be discouraged if the first couple attorneys you talk to aren't convinced to take your case. They may simply have too heavy a workload, plans for an upcoming extended vacation, or not enough experience in the exact type of claim you're pursuing. Check with other lawyers in your area before giving up altogether.

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