Car Lawyers / Car Attorneys / Car Dealer FraudThursday, January 29th, 2009
What do you do when you believe that a dealership cheated you? You could file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. You could also file a complaint with your state’s attorney general or the agency which regulates car dealers (the Texas Department of Transportation in Texas). You might resolve your issue through filing such complaints. However, if you cannot resolve the issue, how do you choose a lawyer?
The practice of law, much like the practice of medicine, has become specialized. Some lawyers continue to have a general practice, but they are few and far between. No single person can know and keep abreast of enough law to help clients with all types of civil, criminal, and family law matters. If you are looking for legal assistance with a car dealership fraud issue, you should look for lawyers who regularly handle such cases. If you don’t know such a lawyer or know someone who does, you might search at www.naca.net for a lawyer in your area who practices auto fraud law.
You should also determine whether the lawyer you intend to retain is willing to spend the time and money necessary to litigate or arbitrate your claims. In order to properly investigate and prosecute most cases, it is necessary to take depositions. Court reporters and videographers are not inexpensive. A good lawyer knows that he or she must invest time and money, in part through taking depositions, to obtain the best results for a client. Unfortunately, there are some lawyers who are not willing to do so.
Finally, you should also seek a lawyer that appears to be professional and smart, and who has a good reputation in the community. These attributes are difficult to measure. However, you can attempt to learn this information through Internet searches, reviewing websites, and talking to friends. A lawyer might be convinced that your case has merit. However, without intelligence, integrity, and the ability to aggressively prosecute your claims, the lawyer’s desire may not be enough for you to prevail.