Here are the final factor we think you should consider when you are trying to decide who to hire for your Tennessee personal injury or wrongful death attorney. Links to the other factors appear at the bottom of this post.
16. What about a lawyer who suggests that they have a special relationship with the judge and that you should hire them because they have such a relationship?
Answer: Lawyers who say such things are scumbags. 99.9% of judges would never allow their personal feelings for a lawyer to directly affect the outcome of the case. To do so would be unethical, and 99.9% of judges would never consider acting in such a fashion.
It is true, of course, that judges tend to respect lawyers who are prepared, who show up to court on time, who understand law and court procedure, and who answer the judge’s questions directly and honestly. And judges, like every other human, would tend to more readily accept the word of a lawyer who earned respect than a lawyer who demonstrated that he or she was not entitled to respect. But disregard the facts or the law simply because of a personal relationship? No, folks, it rarely happens.
Finally, think about it this way: If you were a judge and learned that your lawyer “friend” was going around telling people that he or she could improperly influence you in a case, how would you feel about it?
No, stay away from this type of lawyer. Like the lawyer who evaluates a case too early, this lawyer is trying too hard to get your case and, at the end of the day, you are very likely to be disappointed in the service you actually receive.
During the course of Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 of this series you have seen 16 different factors we believe you should consider in determining who to hire as your Tennessee personal injury or wrongful death lawyer. It requires a lot of work to hire the right lawyer for your case. But we believe that the items on this list are the things that other lawyers take into account when hiring a lawyer, so it just makes sense to go through the same process for yourself. Hopefully, you will only have to hire one personal injury lawyer in your entire life (you certainly don’t want another injury!) and therefore you should do the work necessary to make the right choice.