Hare Wynn has been in the legal profession for over 125 years. During that time, we’ve interacted with countless clients in Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky who have had unique cases and circumstances that have required the full range of our knowledge and experience.
As a result, we’ve been asked many, many questions from clients who have all wanted to better understand the legal process. After all, a case is not just some paper in a file folder; it may be someone’s livelihood hanging in the balance. Everyone should want to understand as much as they can whenever they have a legal matter, so they can make better decisions and keep up with what’s going on.
In the first part of this three-part series, I’ll explain what happens from the moment you contact our firm to the moment we initiate legal action. How do you know if your case can be taken further? I’ll walk you through the steps of our evaluation process and how we allow you the chance to tell your story.
Step 1: Intake
After you contact us, we’ll schedule an initial intake session. This is the first conversation you’ll have with the firm. In this conversation, you’ll share your story – what happened to you, the details of the situation, and the consequences.
We’ll take down your information and prepare a brief report for the entire team of legal professionals who will be working on your case.
Step 2: The Brief
We prepare the brief, which summarizes your case. This provides the legal team with all the info they’ll need to make a first look evaluation of the case.
Step 3: Internal Case Evaluation
After the brief is finished, we’ll begin to review the case. During this time, our attorneys and support staff may research the law, analyze the facts of the case, and closely examine the details. As we develop new information, we’ll update you of what we find.
Step 4: Expert Evaluation
Sometimes, cases require expert evaluations from people who can give us specialized information that can not only be used to evaluate your case, but also support your case in a lawsuit. We’ll arrange the reviews with the experts to cover anything from looking at x-rays to going through the physical evidence, information from witnesses, and medical records.
Step 5: The Decision
Depending on how complex your case is, we’ll contact you either after step 3 or step 4 and tell you whether or not we can help you. Not all cases can be pursued, unfortunately. We’ll do our best to give you an honest and accurate assessment. If we told everyone who came to see us that their case was capable of being taken further even when it’s not, we wouldn’t be doing them any favors.
If you have been injured through negligence or recklessness, or have suffered other harms because of the wrongful actions of others, you may have a case. Contacting an attorney should be one of your first steps toward fair compensation for what happened. The process outlined above should give you a better idea of how we evaluate cases and let you tell your story to people who care.