Whether or not you win a court case is mostly dependent on the attorney you hire. Their skills, competence and ethics can make or break the case. So, is it possible to tell what kind of attorney you’re dealing with before you’ve hired them? Here are the tell-tale signs of a bad attorney.

  1. Bad Work Habits

The working habits of an attorney can tell you a lot about the attorney and how they will handle your case. Bad work ethics like not returning calls and emails, and missing deadlines repeatedly should raise the red flag. If you find that your lawyer comes up with more excuses than solutions for your case, maybe it is time you looked for a more competent lawyer.

  1. Won’t Provide References

A competent attorney will be more than willing to provide references and allow you to talk with the people they have worked with in the past. If your prospective attorney won’t provide references, then that is a dead giveaway of their ineptitude. Run!

  1. Poor Communication Skills

Poor communication is one of the many signs of a bad attorney. If your attorney is a poor communicator and will only provide vital information after you’ve prodded and pushed him, you need to consider getting another attorney.

  1. Indecisiveness

By the time you finish the first visit to your attorney, you need to go home with a properly laid out plan of how your case will be handled. If they seem indecisive about your case, you should reconsider hiring them.

  1. He Is Never Punctual

If your lawyer is always late for your meetings, this may be a red flag. As much as lawyers keep a busy schedule, they need to be prepared and ready for all their meetings. You need a lawyer who keeps time.

  1. No Case Progress

If you find that there is no progress in your case after a while, no set court date or meetings with the other party, you should start looking for another attorney.

  1. Unclear Billing

If you are unsure of a service you were charged for, do not be afraid to question before paying. This is also a clear sign that you shouldn’t be working with them.

  1. Clashing Personalities

Chances are you will interview a few lawyers and you’ll probably not gel with some of them. If you find that your personalities do not click, don’t hire them even if they have a glowing reputation. A good relationship will come in handy during the case.     

  1. He Is Full of Excuses

If all you get from your attorney is excuses, consider taking your case to another attorney. If you don’t, you will be stuck with a case that will never settle and an attorney who is paid for nothing.

  1. Doesn’t Work with Contingency Fees

A rogue attorney will want to get paid before your case is settled. If you find that an attorney doesn’t want to work with a contingency plan, consider finding another one.

  1. They Are Handling Too Many Cases at A Go

If the attorney you are about to hire is handling multiple cases a time, it means that they will not give your case the attention it deserves.

  1. Bad reviews

Do not believe everything you read on the internet, as long as it doesn’t affect you. If you get as much as a whiff of a bad review, steer clear. You do not want to work with someone with a questionable reputation.

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