Choosing a lawyer can be challenging in any situation. Many people have little experience with the law, and they aren’t sure exactly what they need. They may not fully understand their rights and don’t know what questions to ask to ensure they have found a trustworthy, effective attorney. Navigating this process can be especially difficult after the sudden death of a loved one when surviving family members are considering a wrongful death claim. It is a time of grief and change, and families deserve the peace of mind that comes with knowing that an experienced, dedicated lawyer is on their side.   Choosing a wrongful death attorney The Derrick Law Firm

Finding an Experienced Myrtle Beach Attorney

To begin the search for a reputable, experienced, and compassionate attorney, you can first start by:

Asking friends and other family members.

Turn to your friends and family for advice. It may be surprising to learn that they have experience with trustworthy local attorneys and can share their recommendations. 

Checking the local bar association website.

Both state and county bar association websites typically provide lists of local attorneys in good standing.

Checking the local library.

Often, libraries will be able to provide information about local lawyers and their practice areas.

Using an internet search.

A simple search can produce the names of attorneys and firms that work in the wrongful death claim field.

Get the Information You Need With a Simple Meeting

Once you’ve found some possible attorneys for your wrongful death claim, it’s important to meet with them. This gives you and your family members a chance to ask questions and get a general feel for the lawyer. Some helpful questions to ask include:

How long have you practiced law?

An attorney’s experience is relevant to a legal claim. A lawyer who has handled a wide variety of claims may be equipped to handle the complexities of your case.

Do you have any other pertinent experience that can help in these cases?

An attorney may have other experiences that can provide insight or other knowledge into these types of claims.

How much of your practice is devoted to wrongful death?

It’s important to know that your attorney does, in fact, routinely handle the type of claim you are pursuing. You may want to ask what percentage of his cases are for wrongful death.

Who will be handling my claim?

It’s important to know exactly who is responsible for your case. If the firm has a large staff of lawyers and paralegals, you need to know if you’ll speak to someone on the team or directly with the attorney. Different situations work for different people, so it’s important to manage this expectation from the start.

How often do you settle these claims?

Many wrongful death claims are settled through an insurance company before they go to court. It’s helpful to know how often a lawyer settles claims or goes to court.

What is your goal in pursuing a wrongful death claim?

Families may have different goals when pursuing a wrongful death claim. It’s important to have a lawyer with the same objectives as yours. If you’re seeking a trial for justice or closure, discuss with your attorney how a settlement will help provide what you need.

How do you handle fees?

Discuss the type of fee agreement the firm uses. From the very start, the attorney and client should have clear expectations for how the attorney will be paid, so there are no unpleasant surprises during an already difficult time.

What do you think will happen with my claim?

An experienced lawyer can provide some idea of the outlook for a particular claim. While no one can predict the future, he can explain the process and offer a general opinion on what to expect.

Gathering as much information as possible about an attorney can help surviving family members decide whether that person is right to represent their wrongful death claim, but it’s also important to go with your instincts. When you meet with a lawyer and get a sense of who he is, it may become clear that he’s the right or wrong person to provide legal representation. A wrongful death claim is personal and difficult, so it’s important to ensure that your family finds the right attorney. 

Has Your Loved One Died To The Negligence Of Others?

If you're loved one has died due someone else's negligence you should speak to a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Charleston, South Carolina office directly at 843.488.2359 to schedule your consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our ConwayMyrtle BeachMurrells InletMt. PleasantNorth Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations. 


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South Carolina Lawyer Dirk Derrick helps victims recover from car accidents, personal injury & wrongful death.