Choosing the right attorney for your case does not necessarily equate to finding the one who’s closest to your front door, especially when you’re facing a complicated legal matter that requires years of specialized experience. 2020 has shifted the legal process dramatically and allows for a successful remote client-attorney relationship.
At Michael H. Moody Law, we’re advocates for doing business outside of the city of Tallahassee. In fact, most of our clients reside elsewhere. We handle complex business litigation (shareholder derivative actions), complex international collections, and sophisticated bankruptcy cases around the Southeast. On occasion, we also handle cases internationally and in other jurisdictions. It is quite rare that we take on a case specifically in Tallahassee where we are located.
The end goal is to find the lawyer who’s most proficient in the area of law that you need, not necessarily the geographic area where you’re currently located. Our team is equipped to deliver on cases in the state of Florida and beyond. With the correct documentation in place, our physical location does not limit us and we can serve you remotely.
If you take geography out of the decision-making process when selecting the right firm for your case, you can focus on more important factors like competency, price, size, and compatibility. Let’s take a look at some considerations to make when choosing your attorney that are more powerful than proximity.
Credentials and Expertise
There are an endless amount of legal specializations, so first and foremost, you want to choose an attorney who’s the right fit for your case. One of the best ways to gauge an attorney’s competency is to look at their years of experience in that specialty and track record of success. You can research this information online through the attorney’s website and other legal resources.
If you have a specific, complicated case, you may encounter a situation where you can’t connect with the best attorney for your case nearby. Alternatively, you can leverage technology and expand your horizons in the search for the right lawyer. Resolving your legal issue could be one of the most significant moments in your life, and you want to make sure you’re not restricted by location when making that choice.
At Michael H. Moody Law, we specialize in the areas of Litigation, Bankruptcy, and Complex Collections, but our clients receive the benefit of our alliances with other firms and trusted attorneys. This results in us taking on issues outside our firm’s principal focus, and we conduct the majority of this collaboration remotely.
Price and Size
If you live in a metropolitan city, you’ll pay a higher premium for legal services in that location, especially if you’re working with a larger firm. Your client fees are covering the overhead of the firm’s office and the attorney’s cost of living, which can be significantly higher in a more populated area. Take your search beyond your city limits to find an attorney who can deliver the same services within your budget.
At Michael H. Moody Law, you can receive the benefits of a “big city” firm without the price tag. We’ve worked diligently to ensure our clients can tap into a flexible billing schedule while dealing with their legal issues that would not otherwise be able to be resolved in a big law firm with more traditional billing models and fixed overhead expenses.
Compatibility and Flexibility
Outside of the essential considerations like price and experience, you want to find an attorney who will truly be a part of your team. A good lawyer is a good communicator, whether they’re 1 mile or 100 miles away. Make sure they’re able to establish an open line of communication, which is usually handled via phone, text, email, and video conferencing (all of which can be accomplished remotely).
You’ll also want to partner with an attorney who can pivot as your case evolves and remain flexible throughout the entirety of your proceedings. For that reason, it’s worth investing the time to find a lawyer that you’re truly compatible with instead of choosing the name on your nearest billboard.
We are a small, but mighty firm with one business goal: to solve your legal matter efficiently with your best interest in mind. We’ll go the distance – literally – to get your case resolved. Let’s work together to disrupt the traditional legal model and create a better, more specialized client experience.