Q: Very difficult time finding an attorney in LA.
I have 2 separate things going on at the moment. I am currently dealing with a MVA and have a LA attorney for that. However, I haven’t talked to my attorney and don’t even know his/her name. I only speak w/ my case worker. I have an even bigger case and need to find a good attorney in the LA area. This will be a case against a nonprofit. I’ve been searching for WEEKS now and it seems that all of the firms in that area work in a similar fashion, you never deal with your attorney and only speak with an assistant. I live out of state and I am in desperate need for an attorney that I can count on. PLEASE IF ANYONE HAS SUGGESTIONS, let me know! Thank you!!!!
A: Once your case is vetted through an intake process, you will be contacted by an attorney unless there is no legal basis for your case.
It's not uncommon for clients, especially in larger firms, to primarily interact with paralegals or case managers. If direct communication with an attorney is a priority, you might want to consider smaller law firms or solo practitioners in the LA area. Solo practitioners often provide more personalized service, allowing for direct communication.
The California State Bar's website offers a lawyer referral service that can be beneficial. When reaching out, specify your desire for direct attorney interaction. Additionally, personal recommendations from friends, family, or colleagues can be invaluable.
Lastly, always vet potential attorneys by reviewing their track record, client reviews, and conducting initial consultations to gauge the level of personal attention they will provide. Your comfort and trust in your legal representative are paramount.
A: You will have to post some specific facts about your potential case against a non-profit to receive any meaningful suggestions.
A: If you don't even know your attorney's name... there's your sign. Your complaints are similar to what I hear on a regular basis. Large firms employ case workers who act as the conduit between client and attorney. There is no degree or educational requirements to be a case worker. Unfortunately, some case workers also provide legal advice despite no legal training. If you are not satisfied with your representation, consider a smaller firm or solo practitioner.
A: California or Washington attorneys could advise best, based on the geographic tags on your post. But you express urgency. In addition to your own searches, there's a tab above "Find a Lawyer." It lists attorneys by area of practice and region. There are also referral sections on the websites of most state and local bar associations. Those resources are outside this Q & A forum. Good luck
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