You must know your legal rights if a clergy member has abused you. Whether you want to file a criminal complaint against your abuser or take them to court for compensation, you must find an attorney who is experienced in these types of cases. In this article, we’ll give you some tips on how to choose a good lawyer who will fight for your rights as an abuse survivor:
Find a lawyer who is willing to take your case.
You should also find a lawyer who is willing to take your case. Lawyers unwilling to take your case may not be your best choice. When choosing a clergy abuse lawyer, look for one willing to take your case.
Look for a lawyer who has experience with clergy abuse cases.
When you’re looking for a lawyer to represent you in your clergy abuse case, they must have experience with these cases.
A clergy abuse case can be complicated and emotionally difficult. It can also be financially difficult and legally complicated. The process may take a long time, too. That’s why hiring an attorney who understands all the complexities involved in representing clergy abuse victims is important.
Ask about the lawyer’s track record.
When looking for a clergy abuse lawyer, it’s crucial to ask about the lawyer’s track record. Ask how many clergy abuse cases they’ve won and their success rate. You should also ask about their experience with similar cases and the court where your case will be heard.
Ask about the fee structure of the firm.
There are several different types of fee structures that clergy abuse lawyers use. It’s important to ask about the following:
- Hourly rates and retainer fees. Some attorneys charge clients by the hour, while others charge a flat or retainer fee upfront. Clergy abuse cases can take years to resolve, which means you may pay your lawyer for quite some time if you choose an hourly rate. If they are charging you by the hour, make sure they can explain how long each task will take and why that estimate is reasonable in light of your goals for the case (this should be outlined in detail in writing).
- Contingency fees are another option for clients who cannot afford legal representation but want one anyway—if your attorney accepts contingency-based fees. They will only receive payment once certain objectives have been met (such as winning compensation from their abuser). This arrangement requires less money from you upfront; however, it also means that if things don’t go as planned and they don’t win their case against whoever wronged them (or even if they lose), then there won’t be any financial penalty except perhaps having spent significant time on this matter without getting anything out within it.”
Remember that your first step should always be finding a lawyer willing to take your case. You want to avoid getting stuck with a lawyer who isn’t interested in helping you or doesn’t have the time for it.
Next, look for a lawyer who has experience with clergy abuse cases. This will give you confidence that they can handle your case effectively and efficiently—and make sure it gets off on the right foot!