If you’ve lost your hard-earned money to a scam or fraud, you need an attorney and you need one fast. However, just because you’re looking to take swift action doesn’t mean you should hire just anyone. While there are things you should look for in any attorney such as trust, respect, and reliability, in order to increase your chances of success, there are some specific considerations to keep in mind when hiring an investment fraud attorney.
It’s important to understand what investment fraud attorneys do and how they can help you. Plain and simple, these attorneys work with you to recover your investment losses. Whether you’ve been given bad advice by a financial advisor or stockbroker, fallen victim to a Ponzi scheme, or just simply were caught up in a scam, you have rights as an investor. An experienced attorney can fight to help get you the resolution you deserve.
Experience with investment fraud cases
The attorney you’re looking to hire should have considerable experience in fighting against fraud. These types of cases can be extremely complex, and no two are the same. If possible, it’s best to work with an attorney that practices primarily in investment fraud. Don’t be afraid to ask about the attorneys’ experience and look for examples of thought leadership and past successes such as testimonials or case results.
A fee structure that works for you
When you’ve already lost money, a fee structure that works for you and your situation is crucial. In most investment fraud cases, lawyers will work on a contingent fee basis. This means that they won’t collect any fees until you win your case. This can be extremely beneficial to the client because clients usually don’t want to risk additional money after suffering substantial losses. Regardless of what the fee structure is, be sure and understand any and all expenses that you may be responsible for before signing on the dotted line.
Personalized attention and a positive rapport
When an investment fraud attorney takes on your case, it should become his (or her!) case. Especially when your money is on the line, it’s important to feel like your case is truly understood, that the attorney is dedicating the right amount of attention to your situation, and that he will do whatever it takes to maximize your recovery amount. When going through the hiring process, see if you’re able to speak with the attorney who will be your point of contact and make sure you are able to establish a positive rapport with him – after all, you’ll be working together quite a bit!
Hiring an investment fraud attorney is not something that should be taken lightly. At ChapmanAlbin, we’ve been helping investors recover losses for over 30 years and are here to answer any questions you may have. Contact us to speak with one of our attorneys directly.
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Call and speak to one of our attorneys* for a no-cost consultation to discuss your situation, answer your questions, and help you determine the next steps. This call usually takes about 15 minutes, but we are happy to talk to you as long as you would like!
Quick Review of Your Paperwork
If we think you might have a case, we will need to review a few basic documents. If we determine you have a case, then you will have the option to hire us as your attorneys to pursue it.
Signed Attorney/Client Agreement
If you decide to hire us to pursue your case, we will have you sign an attorney-client agreement so we can begin the process of trying to recover your losses.*
*In the vast majority of cases, our agreement is contingent – meaning you won’t owe us any money unless we recover money for you.