Finding a good legal representative is one of the things that a victim should worry about. A lot of law firms are claiming that they have the best lawyers for a civil case, but, how can the victim be really sure that he is getting the right legal representative?
To help them choose which lawyers will better represent them, here are the skills of a good litigator who will help them in a civil litigation:
- Honest. During their first meeting, the client will detail his case and the lawyer must express his honest opinion about it, be it what the client wants to hear or not. There are instances when some lawyers get their client's hopes up just so he will sign up with them even if the case doesn't have merit to it or is baseless.
- Clearly explain billing methods. A lot of lawyers offer to work on a contingency fee only for certain cases. They must inform their clients how this system works or if he will be billed by the hour. Clients and lawyers can get into a dispute if the billing method is not clearly explained from the beginning and so, in order to avoid these, it is important to have a clear and written agreement before the lawyer handles your case.
- Knowledgeable. Clients must be attentive when a lawyer is explaining how the process of claiming compensation or benefits works. He must also ask questions regarding issues that are unclear to him and the lawyer must be able to answer and explain them concisely and in a way that can easily be understood by his client.
- Persuasive and has interpersonal skills. One of the most important skills that a lawyer must possess is his ability to persuade. The lawyer's persuasiveness can be used to get his point across to a judge or a jury so that they will see things from his point of view. These skills will also come in handy if his client would prefer to negotiate with the other party for an out-of-court settlement.
- Confident. The lawyer's confidence should be projected on how he presents himself as this will reflect on how he will handle and defend the case. It is important for him to have conviction each time he presents his client's case so that he will be able to control how the jury or the judge sees it.
These traits should help the client identify a skilled litigator from other lawyers who also handle personal injury, employment, and social security cases.