You Get What You Pay For: The Benefits of Working with the right Lawyer

When it comes to criminal defense, and any area of law for that matter, working with the right attorney can make all the difference in your case and its outcome. As attorneys who represent clients throughout Reno and Northern Nevada in a range of criminal defense matters, as well as family law, personal injury, and immigration petitions, our firm has spoken personally with many local residents who express their concerns over hiring and paying for a lawyer. While we focus on keeping our legal fees affordable, we also work to educate our clients about the value they receive when working with our award-winning team, and why their money is well spent.

Depending on the type of case, legal consumers have may have several choices for legal representation. These can include self-help legal services that provide you with information and guidelines for handling legal matters yourself, public defenders, legal servicing companies, and a variety of law firms that claim to have the tools and time to handle your case. All these legal services want your money, and it is important to understand that basing your decision on price points is not always a wise idea, especially when there’s a lot on the line. As such, you should consider first and foremost the abilities of the legal representatives you choose to work with, and what value they provide to you.

  • Public Defenders – In criminal defense cases, defendants may have the option of government-provided legal representatives, known as public defenders. While public defenders come at no cost, there are numerous reasons why you should rethink their services and place your trust in a private defense attorney instead. This is because public defenders are notoriously overworked, under-resourced, staffed by young and inexperienced attorneys, and woefully short on time. In fact, one study from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers showed that public defenders had only seven minutes on average to prepare for a client’s case before court. At Joey Gilbert Law, our defense team works collaboratively to leverage decades of combined experience and extensive resources for your defense, and takes the time needed to handle every aspect of your case.
  • Do-it-Yourself Legal Services – With the internet, there are now many online services available to consumers who want to handle a legal issue themselves. This is common with a variety of legal areas, including divorce and family law. Unfortunately, while cheap, these DIY services fall overwhelmingly short in preparing laymen for the complexities of law, as well as any challenges that may arise in their case. Remember, you don’t know what you don’t know, and by attempting to handle a legal matter yourself you risk errors that can cost you big time in the long run, especially when the outcome of a case has a long-term impact on your wellbeing and future.
  • Big Law – There are many big law firms out there that focus more about getting clients in the door than they do about working personally with them or spending the necessary time on their cases. Without personalized attention, your case can suffer. This is why our firm always places an emphasis on one-on-one attention and treating clients’ cases as if they are our own. Big impersonal law firms treat clients like numbers, and that’s not the type of service or value you deserve when you pay a private attorney. At Joey Gilbert Law, we pride ourselves in being Big City lawyers with a hometown focus.
  • Inexperienced Lawyers – There are many young and hungry attorneys out there who may choose to compete in the legal space by offering inexpensive services. However, you need to be aware that when you have a legal matter that needs a positive resolution, you need an attorney who knows what they are doing. Inexperienced lawyers may understand the law, but they may lack first-hand practice handling issues like those in your case, as well as real-world experience handling potential complications and high stakes complexities that may arise. Additionally, there are lawyers who may take cases in legal areas where they do not have much experience at all. For example, if you were harmed by a negligent doctor, you want a lawyer who has successfully handled medical malpractice cases, not a lawyer who only focuses on real estate or only has experience handling slip and fall accidents.

The value of working with a lawyer is directly related to their experience, commitment, and passion for helping individuals navigate difficult personal issues and challenging legal journeys. At Joey Gilbert Law, our entire team is focused on maximizing that value for our clients, which is why we go above and beyond in every case we handle. If you have questions about a particular legal need and the value our firm can provide in your time of need, do not hesitate to reach out for a free no-risk consultation. Contact us 24/7 to speak with a member of our team.


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