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Use Caution When Choosing a Lawyer

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The title of this article is one you have currently heard on many occasions, so much so that it is frequently ignored. But when it comes to the issue of lawyer advertising, you would be well-served to pay close attention. Caution is advised.

Have you noticed the devices lawyers are using to attract your attention? You can hardly go anywhere without observing or seeing some lawyer begging for your business. You see it on television, on park benches, on the front, back and side of phone books, and on top of cabs. You will hear snappy slogans and phrases to stimulate your mind and memory. However, the most important thing to consider is that the mere fact that a particular lawyer has caught your attention through savvy advertisements does not mean that the lawyer will be competent, trustworthy, and aggressive in his or her representation of you. in fact, it may mean that the lawyer is better at marketing than at lawyering, and if that is the case, then you are in trouble.

The purpose of this article is not designed to attack all lawyers who advertise extensively. Sadly, however, many people base their selection of a lawyer solely upon advertisements, a decision which can have harsh consequences.

Selection of a lawyer should be based upon a number of considerations, some of which include:
1. What do other people have to say about a particular lawyer? World-of-mouth is a huge indicator of whether a lawyer is competent and trustworthy.
2. Does the lawyer return phone calls or otherwise make himself/herself available for appointments?
3. When you contacted the lawyer’s office, were you able to meet or speak with the lawyer as opposed to a non-lawyer?
4. What experience does that lawyer have in cases similar to your case?
5. How long has the lawyer been present in your community? Would you prefer to have a lawyer who is familiar with the local court or someone who has his or principal office outside of the community?
6. Do you personally feel comfortable with the lawyer? Is he or she someone who appears to have a genuine concern for you and your case?

The big thing to keep in mind is that an advertisement is simply one piece of a puzzle when selecting a lawyer and it should not be considered a major piece of that puzzle. By our thinking, the most crucial determining factor in choosing a lawyer can be summed up in one word . . . TRUST. And the best tool for deciding who to interview as a prospective lawyer is by talking with your friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers.

Beware! Do not allow yourself to choose a lawyer based solely on advertisements.

Vanessa Castro Viera
Vanessa Castro Viera
November 3, 2023
I had the privilege of working with Kelli Martinez as my personal injury attorney, and I can't express enough how grateful I am for her exceptional guidance and support throughout the entire process. From the moment I first contacted her to the conclusion of my case, Kelli demonstrated an unwavering commitment to ensuring my rights were protected and that I received the compensation I deserved. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking legal representation for personal injury cases.
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Jen Wiradilaga (SWFL Horses)
October 19, 2023
I am so pleased with the service and care Mr. Murphy has shown. Always has time for a phone call , emailed questions are answered so quickly , it is refreshing. I had guidance every step of the way. My Case was settled quickly and effectively. Everyone that is in this off is is exceptional! Thank you so much
amanda reese
amanda reese
October 17, 2023
Mr. Murphy and his team were amazing to work with. In a stressful situation they were on top of making sure I understood my options and walking me through the process when I’d stress out. He fought to make sure I was fairly treated and not just another person swept under the rug and forgot about. I highly recommend him if you ever need and hope to have a timely resolution and team that is top notch.
Ana Maria Araujo
Ana Maria Araujo
October 12, 2023
I am very grateful to Ed Murphy for accepting my case against work compensation, otherwise I wouldn't have had another doctor for a second examination and I would have been at home without being able to work again. I am thankful for all the work Ed and his assistant Jessica have done in my case. I am very happy with the service, every time I called I was treated very nicely by the front desk staff, Kelly. Thanks
Carlene Overacker
Carlene Overacker
October 6, 2023
I highly recommend Mr. Murphy. He immediately responded to the issues I was having with my workers compensation case. He reached out to me in a timely manner. I was always able to get ahold of him via the phone and emails. I never felt rushed in our meetings and conversations. He was professional and courteous. I am very satisfied how quickly I received my settlement.
Erica Aghoian
Erica Aghoian
September 22, 2023
I highly recommend contacting Ed Murphy with your worker's compensation case. From day one he took the time to explain all aspects of the case, listened to my questions and concerns, and kept me up-to-date as the case progressed. I believe he was able to achieve the best possible outcome with my case, and I couldn't be happier to have worked with him. I had never hired an attorney before, but he immediately put me at ease and had my trust. Great experience from start to finish!
Patricia Lara
Patricia Lara
September 12, 2023
I can't say enough how much help Ed Murphy was during such a difficult situation. From day one he was understanding and made us feel at ease. He helped us achieve the most positive out come in our law suit with workers comp. If you ever need assistance I highly recommend contacting Ed Murphy!
Trust Cleaning Inc
Trust Cleaning Inc
August 15, 2023
This message is for anyone who needs a good lawyer, I recommend Ed Murphy because he is a professional and patient person, he fights until the end of his case or any type of case, I recommend him to everyone 100% . there is no other attorney like ed murphy i just have to say thank you so much for helping me with my accident case.

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