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The experienced trial attorneys at Lee Groves & Zalas are dedicated to representing the interests of commercial, civil, and municipal clients throughout South Bend, Indiana, Northern Indiana, and Southwestern Michigan. While we handle a wide range of cases including divorce, personal injury, commercial litigation, and more, we always strive to keep our clients informed and educated through every step of the legal process.
If you are interested in learning more, we have compiled an array of legal resources below.
The following links may be helpful when researching various legal issues.
I am looking to hire an attorney. How do I choose?
Find an attorney or law firm that deals exclusively with your type of case. For example, with divorce issues, look for divorce lawyers. Law is a very complex and detailed profession and just because an attorney is highly skilled in one area does not mean that the attorney has the aptitude or the ability to handle your medical malpractice case.
Be sure to ask about the attorney’s education and experience. Results and experience are important, but Indiana Lawyers are prohibited from advertising statistical data and other information based upon their past performance. The best approach is to simply ask the lawyer or law firm – they should be more than willing to give you the requested information.
Should I look for a lawyer online?
The internet is a powerful tool, but remember that it is only the beginning of your search for an attorney. Establishing an attorney-client relationship is a matter of personal choice, comfort, and confidence in the attorney’s ability.
Also remember that websites are advertisements. You should read the advertising carefully and formulate questions to ask the attorney. If you are having difficulty obtaining a return phone call or answers to your questions, that evasiveness should send off warning bells.
I found a law firm and they sound reputable, but how do I really know?
Check with Martindale-Hubbell which gives candid ratings of a lawyer’s ability and integrity.
What questions should I ask before hiring an attorney or a law firm?
No question is wrong if you want the answer to it. Common questions include:
- Do you accept certain kinds of cases?
- What is your track record?
- Have any of your cases been published or resulted in reported decisions?
- What professional groups and associations do you belong to?
How is a lawyer paid for the services rendered?
Different areas of law may charge differently. Many divorce lawyers charge flat rates for certain things, such as adoptions, the same for bankruptcy lawyers and criminal defense attorneys. Business and/or transactional lawyers traditionally bill by the hour and their hourly rates vary by years of experience and type of expertise.
However, in the area of injury and accident law, attorneys typically work on a contingency fee agreement. Accident and personal injury cases are complex and costly, and in contingency fee agreements, the contingency is applied only if you win.