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By: fleetingfunds
Anderson Carey & Williams
After suffering a serious injury at sea, I called 1-800-BOATLAW and immediately spoke with a lawyer who provided me with helpful information about my claim. There was no charge for this initial consultation and all my questions were answered without obligation. I soon learned my rights and benefits as a Jones Act seaman. After consulting and retaining them to assist me, I realized I had chosen the right law firm. The wisdom of my choice was demonstrated throughout the course of their representation by their knowledge of the law, their compassion regarding my circumstances, and their hard-nosed representation. I highly recommend that anyone who gets injured at sea call 1-800-BOATLAW and let the attorneys at Anderson, Connell & Carey lead the way. Joe Forstner Injured tug boat deckhand
By: Ron B.
Anderson Carey & Williams
I was recently represented by Anderson, Carey, & Williams in a lawsuit against a Portland, Or. boating co. involving an injury to my back while a passenger on one of their boats.The handling of my suit was extremely professional and courteous. The 2 lawyers whom I dealt with (Nick Niedzwski & Gordon T. Carey Jr.) were organized and well versed on the applicable law governing my case. Their handling of my case led to a very satisfactory outcome. I would highly recommend their firm to anyone seeking legal representation on matters of boat lawRon Burke
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By: Marrisa M.
Anderson Carey & Williams
I would definitely recommend Anderson Carey & Williams to anyone in the Bellingham and Seattle, Washington, as well as Portland, Oregon areas looking for a maritime lawyer. All of our interactions have been extremely professional and prompt, and the passion the attorneys have for maritime/boat law is refreshing. These guys seriously know their stuff!
By: Hanna G.
Anderson Carey & Williams
Anderson Carey & Williams to anyone in the Bellingham and Seattle, Washington, as well as Portland, Oregon areas looking for a maritime lawyer. All of our interactions have been extremely professional attorneys .
Tips & Advices
When it comes time to choose a lawyer, you should start by searching close to home. If you do have attorneys you are familiar with, ask who they believe would be best for you. After going through personal references - especially from individuals who had similar needs - you should broaden your search through public information resources. You can call your area's attorney referral service or check legal organizations like Martindale-Hubbell. There are other resources available online, such as yellowpages.com. You can check websites for client reviews and other third-party forms of approval.
If you sign documents and you come across a word you don't recognize, or you need help to navigate important employment or real estate paperwork. Also, during times when personal matters intersect with legal proceedings, you might need to have an advocate to prevent your emotions from getting in the way. If you've been accused of a crime or are in a terrible financial situation, you can find an attorney who will work with what you have available.
When you hire a lawyer, you're agreeing to work with someone over a certain period of time. The more forthcoming the lawyer appears to be with individual needs, the better.
  • You need to ask questions about how the attorney will communicate with you and what responsibilities you hold in the relationship.
  • The attorney should let you know the best channel for quick communication and you need to inform him or her when you want updates.
  • You should also ask questions to get to know the attorney as an individual in order to ensure this is a person you can trust. Ask about their legal philosophy and how he or she views the lawyer/client relationship. Ask as how to keep fees down or what daily disruptions you should expect from a long legal battle.
You need to ask about every possible fee that will come up when working with an attorney. You should request a list of all costs in advance so you won't be surprised by additional expenses like overhead. Also determine exactly when you will start being billed. You want to inspect paperwork carefully. If the attorney charges you for his or her experience, you need to make sure he or she will perform tasks personally and not hand it off to an assistant. Find out if the attorney has a flat fee or charges by the hour. Many civil lawyers work on contingency. Make inquiries about how the lawyer plans to provide service for your money and what you can do if you start to feel unsatisfied with his or her performance.
You can ask how many similar cases they have handled and if they have special skills or training that applies specifically to your needs. Lawyers can't mention clients by name, but you should ask for basic details about identical past cases. You should check their office for the appropriate certifications and diplomas. You can also ask how long he or she has practiced law and request information that demonstrates the practice's success. Look for precise details such as percentage of cases settled out of court.

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