Learn how to hire a Stucco Defect Attorney
These days, the practice of law has become incredibly specialized. There are attorneys for nursing home abuse, medical malpractice claims, auto accidents, slip and falls and even sinkholes. When your most valuable investment has been damaged because a contractor failed to follow the Florida Building Code, it would be unwise to go to an attorney who does not have significant experience in the field of stucco litigation. Just like a patient with a back problem would not go to a podiatrist, a homeowner with a stucco problem would be foolish to go to an auto accident attorney.
Can an attorney learn an area of law? Of course. Should that attorney learn the area of law on your case? That is a question that only you can answer.
Our suggestion for choosing a stucco defect attorney is to meet with the attorney, preferably in person. If a phone call is the most convenient for the parties, then a detailed call can be sufficient in some cases. The point is for you, the homeowner, to have a level of comfort that your attorney knows the area of law, is interested in your case and knows the best path for getting your case resolved.
Meeting with the Stucco Defect Attorney
When you’re ready to meet with the stucco defect attorney in the first consultation, you should approach the meeting with the attitude that both you and the attorney will be interviewing one another, similar to a job interview. You want to make sure that the attorney is well suited to your case, and the attorney will be checking to make sure that your case is one they’re confident they can win. Questions you should be prepared to ask the attorney during the consultation appointment include:
- How many cases similar to mine have you handled in the past?
- Are you currently handling cases similar to mine?
- Have you given any presentations on stucco defect cases?
- How will the case be investigated?
- What steps will you use while handling my case?
- Who will be assisting with my case?
- How much will this cost me on the front end?
- How does the attorney get paid?
- How many cases have you tried?
- How many cases have gone to a final arbitration hearing?
- What have been the results in the arbitration hearings?
- Are you Board Certified in Civil Trial law?
- How many people in your firm are Board Certified in Civil Trial Law?
- Do you handle appeals “in-house” or do I have to consult with another attorney in the event something needs to be appealed?
The more questions you ask, the easier it will be for you to determine if the attorney will be the ideal choice for you. If the attorney is not straightforward with you, doesn’t know the answers to these simple questions or does not provide answers that you like, you may want to consider another attorney or law firm. At Burnett Wilson Reeder, we are proud to answer these questions because we know that our answers will put you at ease that you have very qualified, experienced and diligent attorneys helping you.
Stay in Contact
One of the cornerstones of our law firm is that our relationship with our clients is like a team. We rely on you just like you rely on us to represent you. We will frequently update you with the progress of your case, but we welcome phone calls from our clients and make sure to return missed phone calls promptly. There is no hiding from calls in our firm. Our voicemails go straight to our e-mail and our e-mail goes straight to our mobile phones, so if you want to reach us, we are just a phone call away.
Even though you want to choose the best possible stucco defect attorney, you don’t want to be too slow to act. There are strict time limitations for bringing stucco defect claims in Florida. We have had situations in the past where clients have reached out to us as their deadline was approaching, thought it over for a couple of months and then come back to us when it is too late.
It’s going to take a little time for your attorney to investigate the details of your case and make sure that all expert reports are gathered and the pre-suit notices are sent.
Contact us today if you’re in need of a qualified, experienced stucco attorney.Contact Us Now for a Free Consultation