When you need surgery, you contact a doctor. When you design a new house, you contact an architect. Similarly, when faced with a complicated legal situation—a personal injury or a criminal charge—you need an experienced legal advocate to help you understand the many complicated issues involved in your case. You will want and need to have a skilled partner supporting you through this challenging time. Having a qualified attorney on your side can ensure you are protected, your rights are defended, and your voice is heard.
At LaMarche Safranko Law PLLC we have more than 40 years’ combined legal experience with a proven track record of success. We pride ourselves on serving as a trusted resource for our clients. Your first consultation with us is free. You will meet directly with one of our firm’s experienced attorneys, who have substantial experience handling both personal injury and criminal defense cases. Unlike at many firms, the attorney you meet with at LaMarche Safranko Law will remain involved and be responsible for your case from start to finish.
As important as it is for us to tell you what we can do for you, we will also be candid and advise you what we cannot accomplish. We respect your time and the investment you’ll be making for legal services, and if your case is not a good fit, we’ll let you know at the outset. If we can recommend other resources for you, we’ll do so.
So, when you require legal assistance, please review some of the commonly asked questions below to consider as you search for the appropriate attorney for your case.
- What should I look for when choosing an attorney?
- What should I expect from my attorney?
- How much will an attorney cost me?
What should I look for when choosing an attorney?
You should look for an attorney who is experienced in the area of law relevant to your situation. For example, a tax attorney is not a good fit to represent someone in a DWI-related case.
You should look for an attorney with a proven track record of success. How many cases has the attorney handled and what were the results? What types of clients have they represented?
Another avenue for gaining insight into an attorney’s skills and experience is by searching for similar cases the attorney has handled. You also may want to consider whether the attorney has published articles or blogs regarding current legal issues. In addition, pay attention to any awards or industry recognitions received by the firm and the individual lawyers.
The New York State Bar Association is also a useful resource for more information about selecting an attorney in New York state.
At LaMarche Safranko Law, we’ve obtained millions of dollars in settlements, and successfully tried cases for our clients in personal injury cases and criminal cases. We have also represented many doctors, nurses, teachers and lawyers involved in disciplinary matters concerning their professional licenses. We are a nationally recognized law firm, voted Best Law Firm by U.S. News and World Report, and our attorneys are repeatedly selected as either Best Lawyers in America and/or New York Super Lawyers. We will put our experience to work for you.
What should I expect from my attorney?
All attorneys are bound by rules of professional conduct. As a client, you have the right to competent, ethical, and zealous representation. As with any relationship, the connection between you and your attorney must be the right fit. From the very first interaction you have with an attorney you’re considering, you should feel that your concerns are being heard and you are receiving a qualified and honest assessment of your case. Your attorney should clearly explain exactly what steps will be taking place and provide you with a level of confidence as your legal advocate. You should also be provided with the status of your case so you know how your matter is progressing.
If you don’t feel that your needs are being met, or that you and the attorney are not a good fit, don’t hesitate to end discussions and move on to search for another attorney. You must be comfortable with and have confidence in your lawyer.
At LaMarche Safranko Law, we put our clients first. We take the time to sit with you to explain your case and your options. We give you the confidence of making informed decisions as you confront this difficult time in your life and make sure to include you in the decision-making process.
How much will an attorney cost me?
The cost of legal services will vary greatly depending on the nature of your case and the law firm you hire. Some attorneys will charge a flat fee, others work on an hourly basis, and many offer some combination therein. Personal injury cases are usually handled on a contingency fee basis. When considering the costs of legal representation, it’s important to view the expenditure holistically: without proper representation, you could be missing out on compensation owed to you, or subjecting yourself to serious criminal consequences because your rights are not adequately defended.
At LaMarche Safranko Law, we understand that the cost of hiring an attorney is an important concern for clients. For personal injury claims, we work on a contingency fee basis. For other matters, we offer several payment options to accommodate a variety of needs. Visit our Fees page to learn more.