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How Do You Know You Can Trust Your Personal Injury Lawyer?

Bill Hardy

Bill Hardy, Senior Partner

Hardy, Wolf & Downing is a law firm that residents of Maine know and can trust. As personal injury lawyers, part of what sets us apart from other law firms is that we know Maine because we are Mainers. We relate to and understand the people of Maine on a personal level. Our employees are personal injury lawyers, paralegals, case managers, and Mainers just like you. We live and work here. We are members of the same community. Our children and grandchildren go to local schools and play on the local youth teams. In fact, meet our team here!

Mainers Working for Mainers

The fact is, it’s a different way of life here in Maine—and we are very much a part of it. We believe that if you can’t relate to the people you represent or work for and with, no matter what your business, it will never thrive. Decades of practicing law in Maine is a testament to our successfully relating to the people of Maine, and we are very proud of and appreciate that. That’s why, if you are injured, we prepare to go to trial for you—our client and neighbor—not settle a case beforehand just to make quick cash. Over the years, we have won hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients who have been injured on the job or through negligence.

When searching for a personal injury lawyer that you can trust, we fully understand that there is a difference between saying you are a good neighbor and being one. If you are in need of a personal injury lawyer, finding the right attorney can be as confusing or overwhelming as finding the right mechanic for your car. There may not be a ‘best’ method in finding someone you can trust to represent you, but here are a few suggestions to make certain you find the best attorney for the job.

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Choosing the Best Personal Injury Lawyer to Represent You

Reputation

Reputation goes a long way in this world. If any of your family members or friends have had a personal injury lawyer, we suggest that you ask them for recommendations or referrals. So many personal injury lawyers advertise on billboards, radio, TV, and online that choosing one may be daunting. You don’t have to settle for the first name you see or hear. Word of mouth is still the best and most preferred way to find a good personal injury lawyer. Personal experience does matter. Talk to the people you trust to help you find a lawyer that you can trust.

Research

Information about law firms can be found online. Any law firm or attorney you are considering to hire can be researched on your home computer or computer at your local library. Like every state, Maine has its own bar association and information about every lawyer practicing in Maine is there. You can easily find answers to questions such as: how long have they practiced? Is their specialty what you are in need of? Do they handle your type of case? Are the people you see on TV who say they will fight for you the same ones who work for that firm? You can find out if the attorney is licensed, in good standing, or has had any disciplinary action against them.

Response

Once you have narrowed down your search, call for an appointment or get a free consultation. Note how you are greeted on the phone and then, when visiting the office, take a measure of the staff and environment of the office. That greeting, those people, and that office are a reflection of who they are working for. When you finally meet the lawyer to take on your case, take as much time as you need to get to know him or her. It’s important you like each other. You need to have a very good rapport.

Rapport

Having a good rapport is important in building trust, but so is the business of representation. Transparency upfront will help fulfill your expectations. The clarification of fees and expenses for representation is the business of every attorney. He or she will inform you, but also present it in writing for you to read, understand and mutually agree on beforehand. If it’s not in writing, move on.

We Don’t Settle for Less, We Get You MORE

Hardy, Wolf & Downing is a Maine law firm that shares the same customs and values that our clients do. For more than 40 years, we have achieved a stellar record in getting our clients the just compensation that they deserve. We help fight for the injured for the losses they have sustained as the result of accidental harm. We believe in justice, and justice served. It’s why we are the personal injury lawyers Maine residents trust to represent them in their most trying times. We care for Mainers.