RESEARCH A LAWYER’S HISTORY BEFORE RETAINING THE LAWYER
Brothers Curly, Larry and Moe got rear ended by a negligent driver and each stooge sustained various injuries. Being the wisest brother, Curly researched his choice for legal counsel carefully and hired me to represent him. Larry and Moe, doing no research whatsoever on their choice for an attorney, went with the local bar stool barrister, Daffy Doofus.
Jump ahead 7 months. The 3 brothers have treated with various doctors and undergone diagnostic testing. The defense insurance adjuster has received every medical report and bill for Curly, but not one record of treatment from Daffy Doofus about any medical care received by his two clients. The insurance company adjuster will not discuss potential settlement of Curly’s claim until all treatment records are received for each claimant.
So, what’s wrong with this picture? Curly and I are at the mercy of a Doofus who is not doing his job and our case cannot move forward until he does his job. Had Larry and Moe done THEIR JOBS when first selecting a lawyer, they would have seen that Doofus has a long history of discipline from the NJ State Bar Association, including multiple infractions for dishonesty and client neglect.
Google is an amazing research tool that allows us to instantly obtain information about anyone and anything. When seeking the services of a lawyer you will work with for years, someone you will let into your life, your story and your home, dig around that person’s background to see who you’re about to hire. Do they have a criminal past? Are they ethically challenged or morally questionable? These questions and more will be answered with just a little bit of research at the outset.