Jim Durham, chief marketing officer at Ropes & Gray, a major international law firm, wrote a book where he makes certain astute observations about what makes lawyers great.
- Good lawyers return phone calls reasonable promptly; great lawyers are always available and accessible to their clients. Great lawyers don’t just respond when their phone rings, they make other people’s phones ring.
- Good lawyers know the law; great lawyers know the law, but they also know and understand the client’s business. Great lawyers know what makes the client successful and they understand the client’s preferred form of communication.
- Good lawyers get the legal work done; great lawyers get the work done too, but they do it and give practical advice in the context of knowing the client’s business.
- Good lawyers do legal work effectively and efficiently; great lawyers look for ways to make legal services more valuable to clients. Great lawyers give clients more than they pay for.
- Good lawyers treat the client professionally; great lawyers personalize the relationship by recognizing the unique styles, interests, and needs of the individuals with whom they work.
- Good lawyers do their best to keep promises about when work will be completed; great lawyers do what they say they will do, and get it done when they said they would. (In other words, good lawyers try to deliver, great lawyers DELIVER.)
- Good lawyers are reasonably comfortable in most settings; great lawyers project confidence, but not arrogance, in any setting.
- Good lawyers attend meetings; great lawyers arrive early-fully prepared. Good lawyers are present at meetings; great lawyers are a real presence in the meeting.
- Good lawyers are thought of as "capable," and are expected to do a good job; great lawyers own the client’s problem, and engender a belief that they will do everything possible to help the client succeed.
- Good lawyers care about clients; great lawyers are loyal to them.
- Good lawyers accept feedback when clients offer it; great lawyers seek meaningful feedback from clients and act on it.”
If you are injured, you can find a good lawyer. But you want great Lawyers in Anchorage Alaska to handle your injury claim. You want lawyers who, like the criteria listed above, will be responsive to you, aggressive toward adversaries, prepared and open to your suggestions.
You want them to work the requirements of Alaska Statutes Title 28 (Motor Vehicles) and Title 9 (Code of Civil Procedure) in your favor, knowing that these statutes afford you only two (2) years from the date you are injured—or at least the date you discover your injury—to file your lawsuit, and if you miss this deadline, you are not likely ever going to be able to bring your claim.
You want your great lawyers to tell you up front that your claim is subject to a “comparative fault” analysis, so that if a judge or jury finds you partly responsible for the incident that led to your injury, your award will be reduced accordingly. That is why your Lawyers in Anchorage Alaska must fight not only to prove your injuries, but also to prove that the incident was entirely the other person’s fault.
There is a lot to know, and, as such, it is crucial to reach out to great attorneys for advice as soon as possible. From insurance paperwork to medical treatment to obtaining records to gathering evidence to the discovery process to depositions to trial and beyond, there are rules that great attorneys will know. Accordingly, no matter how minor you believe your personal injuries to be, speak with Lawyers in Anchorage Alaska to make sure you are able to obtain the maximum compensation you are entitled to.