The conventional wisdom is that the “safe” choice to make for every general counsel, or outside counsel providing advice to a small business, is that when legal services are needed, go with a traditional big firm. This might indeed be the conventional and safe choice but it is certainly not the most cost-effective, or even the best choice. Before you hire them, ask your big firm lawyer how many cases they have actually tried. What incentive does your big firm lawyer have to move your case along quickly to resolution? What risk does your big firm lawyer have in the case, or is it your business who faces all the risk? Rather than focusing on results, is your big firm lawyer instead focused on their own bottom line? In other words, are they more interested in how many hours they can get away with billing you or how many associates they can put on your file?
The Buzbee Law Firm has represented businesses as both plaintiffs and defendants. On defense cases, like plaintiff cases, we like fee arrangements where we are rewarded for success. We have represented businesses with hourly arrangements with a bonus for success, a reduced hourly rate and reverse contingency, flat-fee arrangements, and others. If such arrangements are impractical, we will bill hourly; however, our hourly rates are higher than most big-firm lawyers. We have found that, although our hourly rates are higher, our final bill is typically much, much lower than the big firms, and we are most always more successful.
On plaintiff’s cases, we prefer contingency arrangements, with either the client or our firm carrying the costs. This arrangement allows us to have “skin” in the game, sharing the risk with our client. We will also work on plaintiff’s cases at our hourly rates.
The Buzbee Law Firm has frequently been hired by clients as part of a team to represent businesses in important disputes. In fact, big firms frequently hire us to act as lead counsel for important depositions or trial, while the big firm attorneys handle the day-to-day particulars of the case. These arrangements allow businesses to have both the safe choice and the best choice – often with phenomenal results.
If you have a business case, we look forward to discussing your important matter and determining how our firm can help you.
The Buzbee Law Firm loans money to our clients. Loans are repaid from your portion of settlement proceeds. If we do not recover money on your behalf, you do not have to pay back your loans.
Loans are available to help clients survive financially during the pendency of their personal injury cases. Our firm lends money for this reason only; we do not lend money to better a client’s financial situation that existed prior to an injury or for any matters unrelated to your litigation. We make every effort to help our clients financially if we are able to during their cases.
We cannot promise any potential client a loan before they have signed a power of attorney and become our client, however. Our firm does not offer money to entice injured people to become our clients. We only make loans to clients after we determine the soundness of their claims and find a legitimate need.
We are not able to make loans for clients that live in states that prohibit attorneys from doing so, such as Florida, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Tennessee and California.
The Buzbee Law Firm helps with medical treatment for our clients. When you are injured, priority number one is getting the treatment that is medically necessary. Charges for these medical services are repaid from your portion of settlement proceeds.
The firm does this so that our clients can get quality medical care from medical providers of their choice. We cannot promise any potential client that we will arrange medical care before they have signed a power of attorney and become our client, however. Our firm does not offer to assist with medical care to entice injured people to become our clients.
When you are considering hiring a lawyer to represent you, there is an abundance of lawyers from which to choose. The choice you make will be a critical one. You need to ask many questions of a prospective lawyer. Do they try cases, or are they just going to refer your case to someone who does? Have they been successful in the past? Can they help with your medical bills or your living expenses? Will they be able to refer you to reputable doctors so you can get the treatment that you need and deserve? Do they have the resources available to handle a case like yours? If it is a maritime claim, do they understand maritime law? Do they have any experience with maritime law? What is the lawyer’s background?
The Buzbee Law Firm has counseled hundreds of clients with these exact concerns. We know what you are going through. We also know what you need to consider when hiring a lawyer.
When you or a loved one is injured, a lot of things come at you quickly. On one hand, you are likely very concerned about how you will pay you or your loved one’s medical bills. If you can’t work because of your injury, you are likely also concerned about simply making ends meet, on top of your new expenses. How will you provide for your family? If you are injured at work, your employer may insist that you see the “company doctor.” Your employer or an insurance adjuster may also pressure you to settle your claims quickly. You may wonder whether you need a lawyer or if you should just take their offer. Or, you wonder whether your claim could have a lot more value than what they are offering you.
When you are considering hiring a lawyer to represent you, there are a lot of lawyers out there. The choice you make will be a critical one. You need to ask many questions of a prospective lawyer. Do they try cases? Or are they just going to refer your case to someone who does? Have they been successful in the past? Can they help with your medical bills, or your living expenses? Will they be able to refer you to reputable doctors so you can get the treatment that is legitimately needed? Do they have the resources to handle a case like yours? If it is a maritime claim, do they know maritime law? Do they have any experience with maritime law? What is the lawyer’s background?