When you find yourself in need of legal assistance, whether it’s for a criminal case or a bankruptcy filing, it’s important to choose a reputable, trustworthy law firm. Successfully identifying such a law firm from amongst their legions of competitors, however, is easier said than done. We at the Law Office of Melissa Stewart, formerly Groff Law Firm want to help you get the legal expertise you need for your situation, and to help you do that, we’ll be laying out three red flags you should avoid when choosing a law firm.
- Mistreated Support Staff- When visiting the office of a prospective law firm, pay attention to the demeanor of the support staff and the interactions between them and the attorneys. If relations appear strained, it’s a sign that the lawyers are not treating their support staff with respect. A lawyer who treats support personnel badly can’t be counted on to represent your best interests, and we at the Law Office of Melissa Stewart recommend moving on.
- Bad Attitude- Related to the above point, you should also avoid any law firm where the lawyers are rude to you or are flippant about your case. Remember that you hire an attorney to be your advocate, meaning that they should always be on your side. If you can’t trust a firm to take your situation seriously or treat you with respect and courtesy, you should continue to look for one that will.
- Exaggerated Promises- Another thing to be wary of in a law firm is bold claims or exaggerated promises of the outcome they can achieve for your situation. A competent attorney will never make any guarantees on the outcome of a case or petition, and anyone who does is trying to manipulate you. On the flip side, also avoid any law firm that tries to use scare tactics about the negative consequences that could result from not choosing them. We at the Law Office of Melissa Stewart will never use any such exaggerations, but will always give you our honest assessment of the situation.