Today I’m going to talk about the topic that is probably the first and most important topic for you and that’s how to choose a good lawyer and what do you need to collect or know in advance of going to see this lawyer. So there are many things you need to look at. First of all, how do you pick the lawyer because not all lawyers are equal. A lawyer that has one year of experience is not equal to a lawyer with 25 years of experience, like myself. There are lawyers who do certain areas and don’t do other areas so you want to chat with them and find out what they specialize in. You want to make sure that you consult in person with this lawyer. It’s better than consulting over the phone. If you live in another state you may only be able to consult over the phone. You want to ask about their success rate you want to check them out on Google and check their rating.

What do you want to hear from them? If they are telling you yes yes yes we can do this but they’re not giving you any information. Maybe they are not the best lawyer to choose. You want an honest opinion. You want a lawyer that will treat you like they would treat their own family.

So what do you need to bring before you speak to the lawyer because if you don’t bring documents, lawyers look at documents. You may not remember or understand from your prior experiences what happened in your case. You need to know and the lawyer needs to know what happened. First of all always bring your passport, bring your visa, if you have a 994 bring that, bring your birth certificate, bring your divorce decree, bring any marriage certificates, death certificates ,if you have a criminal record be sure to bring that and try to bring a certified criminal record because these documents are very important. They will determine whether the lawyer will proceed in one way or another way or they may just tell you this is probably not a case that you should pursue.

So what do you need to bring other than these basic and biographical documents to your lawyer? You want to bring updated documents. So I always like to find out from the client what was the last document you had? What was the last decision you got, is there a deadline? Do you have any court decisions? Do you have any documents from the US like new birth certificates or children here? You will need to bring expungements if you have those and also the certified criminal records. The lawyer should look at those. If they aren’t looking at those then they probably don’t understand criminal records and aren’t the right lawyer for you. You want to find a lawyer that has done the kind of case you have and has that kind of case many times and does it on a regular basis.

You want to see if they have procedural information they can tell you about and talk about your case specifically. How will they approach your problem? These are questions you want to ask. What is the procedure and the steps you’re going to take? Are there options because sometimes there’s many different ways to take. Look at timelines, how long is this going to take? What are the problems and pitfalls? Clients never want to hear about the problems and pitfalls but I always tell my clients because I want them to know the difficulties they will encounter. I also like to tell them the things they would like to avoid.

If nobody asks you this information, perhaps they just don’t have the experience to ask you. Or perhaps they just don’t know.

Sometimes it’s hard to determine timelines because there are lots of things that can affect the timeline, even down to the judge on the case.

So you’re looking at all of these factors and if they lawyer says this case can’t be done, you need to ask them why and then get a second opinion. It could be that this lawyer has done these cases in the past and they just don’t work or again because they don’t have enough experience to be successful.

These are some of the factors you want to consider when hiring a lawyer and when coming to see a lawyer about the feasibility of your case so they can give you their best advice.

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I’ve been a lawyer for about 25 years now, I practice in Los Angeles and I’m here to offer legal advice to anything any kind of question you might have.  I work with my from my law firm, Legal Eagles  and I will answer anything any question you when you contact today.
I hear all the time that people have lawyers and their lawyers say, “Okay, well you know, I have a court date on such-date, I’m busy, and I can’t get back to you,” and they end up not getting back to them.  Instead of that,  I’m making myself available to you right now so you can ask any question concerning your case.
Today I want to talk about two terms that are used in a personal injury because we do a lot of personal injury work, and I have a client that this really pertains to.  The two terms are pre-existing and predisposed.


When somebody is hurt in an accident and they have no injury whatsoever before the accident, then it’s pretty easy to tell if they have an injury after the accident.  What that cause of the accident was (eg in the car) seems like a common sense, but it gets a little trickier when a client has an injury to the same parts of their body that are claiming work injured is this particular accident.
Because they have an injury before the accident, the defendant of the insurance companies say that this injury was pre existing in previous to the accident and just because they were in this accident, they’re trying to use that fact to their advantage and say that the injury came from the accident.


There is another term that is used and that’s called predisposed.  Predispose means that: if there was an injury before the accident and now you get into an accident, the fact that there was an injury before the accident actually weakens that area that was hurt, and therefore it takes less of a force to actually injure that person.
So let me give you an example.  Let’s say you have two trucks and both trucks get hit from behind, and they both get hit with the same force. Now you open the trunk, and one trunk has a bunch of eggs. The other truck has a bunch of steel and nothing happened to the steel because the steel is rich enough to withstand that kind of force, but if you open the back of the trunk with the eggs in it, the eggs are going to be broken because an egg does not take a lot of force to break.  That’s the kind of concept that I’m explaining here.
I represent people who basically don’t have a voice, and I also represent people and non discrimination cases, medical malpractice cases, and anywhere where I have to stick up for the little guy.
For some, I take their cases on a contingency fee which means that if they don’t win, they don’t pay me anything.  If they win in court, only then do I get a fee. This setup also makes it very affordable for them to have access to an attorney so they don’t have to reach into their pocket and pay me anything up front.

I find that a lot of clients who switched to meet with me from all their attorneys often tell me that their their lawyers are not available to them.  For example, I hear (that their attorneys) don’t return calls, they don’t call to provide updates on their case, and they think their lawyers are mishandling their case, but I’m here to give free legal advice and I am trying to make myself accessible to anybody who needs legal advice.  Let’s talk more about contingency retainer versus contingency fee.

I have two gigantic screens in front of me and one has all the information about all my clients which I cannot reveal to you, but if a client calls me, I can just look up the case– I have it at my fingertips, which I think is great.   I’m also checking email that I get, instant messages (all the time) about people asking me things of all the crazy things about legal issues so I try to be as informative as I possibly can because quite honestly, I don’t think that people should be deprived of legal representation.  I don’t think that people should be put at a disadvantage.

Contingency Retainer

I went to law school — and paid a hell of a lot of money for it– and I want to use it so if you lose a case, do I get paid if you lose the case?  Do I get paid depends upon what the retainer.  If it’s a personal injury case I was assigned, all personal injury cases and discrimination cases (and medical malpractice cases) are on something known as a contingency retainer.  That term simply means: if you don’t win, then you don’t pay so if you do win, then I get a percentage of what I recover for for you–  so the more money for you, the more money there is going to be for me, and that puts us on the same team.

Contingency Fee

What a contingency fee does is it makes it more accessible for you: you probably can’t pay for legal representation to actually have access to a lawyer like me so I can stick up for your rights with this arrangement.

Here’s one of my friends talking more about contingency fees.

If people have questions I hope they contact us and ask me questions because I’m here and I want to hear from the public.  I will tell you some things that are legal or not legal.  What I’m offering it right now is a free consultation so I will answer questions for free so if you have a legal question, just ask me and I’ll answer you to the best of my ability.

If somebody’s trying to pull you down, you can always say,  “I have a big bad lawyer”. Lucky for you, there’s all kinds of ways to use the law.  The law is actually supposed to work in your favor– not against you.