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How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or your loved one has recently suffered an injury, it can be overwhelming to determine your next steps. While no one can eliminate all of the physical and emotional implications of an injury, seeking an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you move forward. A good personal injury attorney offers the following benefits:

  1. They understand how the law applies to your unique case and can help you make qualified decisions. They can help you uncover ways to approach your case that you may not have considered or the insurance company may not initially offer. They can also help you file your case within the statute of limitations. (The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Georgia is two years.)
  2. They understand how to negotiate with insurance companies. While a large settlement is not guaranteed, personal injury cases can result in large payouts, so insurance companies will do everything they can to minimize the amount you receive. A good personal injury lawyer is knowledgeable about how to approach the insurance company to reach a fair settlement that covers your medical expenses, lost wages, and other pain and suffering.
  3. If you are unable to reach a settlement with an insurance company, or if the cost of the injuries exceeds the amount of the insured, a personal injury lawyer can prepare your case for trial. Choosing a personal injury lawyer with trial experience is crucial if you have to sue the auto insurance company or others to get full coverage of your medical expenses and other repercussions of your injury.

Here are factors to consider when choosing a personal injury lawyer:

  1. Track record of success: Look for lawyers who are experienced at getting results. When looking for a personal injury lawyer, don’t settle for a heavily advertised lawyer who exclusively handles personal injury cases. In many instances, these lawyers focus on settling as many cases as possible, avoiding trials and rarely getting the highest settlement for their clients.
  2. Trial experience: Most lawyers on TV are portrayed in the courtroom. In reality, many personal injury lawyers rarely set foot in a courtroom, choosing instead to limit your settlement to whatever they can negotiate with an insurance company. While this may be appropriate for some cases, it isn’t always sufficient, and you should look to a lawyer who is confident and experienced both inside and outside the courtroom.
  3. Treats your case like it is important – because it is: Before choosing the first lawyer you see on a billboard, ask your friends and family for recommendations. Read reviews – both good and bad – online, and interview more than one lawyer so you can choose someone you feel comfortable with. Choose a lawyer who makes you feel like family, and who has a track record of commitment to his or her clients and open lines of communication.

If you are looking for the best personal injury lawyer in Augusta, consider The Hawk Firm. Contact us today to discuss how we can help you with your personal injury case.

The Hawk Firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers, founded in 1984 by attorney Jacque D. Hawk. Today, Hawk and his associates remain committed to achieving results and are experienced in many areas of law, including criminal defense, drug possession, violent crimes, personal injury, car accident injury, medical malpractice, family/adoption law, and probate law. To discuss your legal needs, call 706-724-8537 or fill out our online contact form. Located in downtown Augusta, we serve the greater Augusta, GA, metro area, including Evans, Martinez, Grovetown, and Hephzibah, and handle cases throughout Georgia.

The Hawk Firm Chosen as Metro’s Best Law Firm for the Third Year in a Row

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Each year, local Augusta, GA, area publication, The Metro Spirit, invites CSRA residents to vote in the Metro’s Best awards. These awards recognize the area’s best businesses and individuals in a variety of categories. We are proud to say that Metro’s Best 2018 recognized The Hawk Firm as Augusta’s Best Law Firm for the third year in a row. It is an honor to receive this recognition from Augusta area locals, who have their finger on the pulse of the CSRA. Click here for a list of all the 2018 winners in the business category.

The Hawk Firm is unique because our team of lawyers, led by founder Jacque Hawk, are each experienced trial attorneys. We prepare each case for trial because we’re not going to settle for less than you deserve. If you have legal questions or need legal help, you can contact Jacque Hawk directly at jdhawk@thehawkfirm.com or call (706) 724-8537.

The Hawk Firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers, founded in 1984 by attorney Jacque D. Hawk. Today, Hawk and his associates remain committed to achieving results and are experienced in many areas of law, including criminal defense, drug possession, violent crimes, personal injury, car accident injury, medical malpractice, family/adoption law, and probate law. To discuss your legal needs, call 706-724-8537 or fill out our online contact form. Located in downtown Augusta, we serve the greater Augusta, GA, metro area, including Evans, Martinez, Grovetown, and Hephzibah, and handle cases throughout Georgia and South Carolina.

Rewards of Risk Taking: The Hawk Firm Attorney Jared Williams Speaks at TEDxAugusta

The Hawk Firm is proud that one of our own associates, Jared Williams, recently took the stage at TEDxAugusta. Recalling a life-changing question posted to him, Jared asked: What’s your one biggest regret? What’s one thing you’ve never done that you wish you did? Jared then details the experience that followed when he chose to act on his answer to that question. Watch Jared’s TEDtalk below and ask yourself more about the rewards of risk taking in your own life.

Jared is an Augusta trial attorney, former Augusta District Attorney, and an experienced advocate for his clients. He studied Stetson University College of Law, the nation’s top law school for Trial Advocacy, in St. Petersburg, FL. Jared is a native of Augusta and is bilingual, representing both English and Spanish-speaking clients.

The Hawk Firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers, founded in 1984 by attorney Jacque D. Hawk. Today, Hawk and his associates remain committed to achieving results and are experienced in many areas of law, including criminal defense, drug possession, violent crimes, personal injury, car accident injury, medical malpractice, family/adoption law, and probate law. To discuss your legal needs, call 706-724-8537 or fill out our online contact form. Located in downtown Augusta, we serve the greater Augusta, GA, metro area, including Evans, Martinez, Grovetown, and Hephzibah, GA, as well as North Augusta and Aiken, SC, and handle cases throughout Georgia and South Carolina. #hawklaw

The Hawk Firm Chosen as One of the Three Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Augusta by Three Best Rated

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If you are in need of the best criminal defense attorney in Augusta, Georgia, here is another reason to consider The Hawk Firm. Our firm was chosen as a 2018 Top 3 Criminal Defense Lawyer by Three Best Rated. Three Best Rated uses a detailed inspection process to determine the best options in your local area, including reviews and complaints. We are proud of our law firm’s dedication to excellence. If you need a criminal justice attorney that is committed to fighting for you, contact Jacque Hawk at jdhawk@thehawkfirm.com or call (706) 724-8537.

The Hawk Firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers, founded in 1984 by attorney Jacque D. Hawk. Today, Hawk and his associates remain committed to achieving results and are experienced in many areas of law, including criminal defense, drug possession, violent crimes, personal injury, car accident injury, medical malpractice, family/adoption law, and probate law. To discuss your legal needs, call 706-724-8537 or fill out our online contact form. Located in downtown Augusta, we serve the greater Augusta, GA, metro area, including Evans, Martinez, Grovetown, and Hephzibah, and handle cases throughout Georgia.

10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys in Client Satisfaction 2018

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Congratulations to Jared T. Williams, a Hawk Firm attorney, for his recent recognition as one of the 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys in Client Satisfaction for the second year in a row, by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys. This award reflects his continued commitment to criminal defense and approval from both peers and clients. A criminal conviction will have lifelong implications. If you’re in need of a criminal justice lawyer, be sure to contact The Hawk Firm first.

The Hawk Firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers, founded in 1984 by attorney Jacque D. Hawk. Today, Hawk and his associates remain committed to achieving results and are experienced in many areas of law, including criminal defense, drug possession, violent crimes, personal injury, car accident injury, medical malpractice, family/adoption law, and probate law. To discuss your legal needs, call 706-724-8537 or fill out our online contact form. Located in downtown Augusta, we serve the greater Augusta, GA, metro area, including Evans, Martinez, Grovetown, and Hephzibah, and handle cases throughout Georgia. #hawklaw

Avvo Rates Jacque Hawk a 10

Jacque D. Hawk continues to earn industry validation for his legal expertise. Avvo, a recognized online source for legal information that includes a comprehensive directory of US lawyers, rates Hawk 10 out of 10. Visit his Avvo profile for more details, including his rating and personal endorsements from other legal professionals. Hawk represents clients in criminal defense, medical malpractice, personal injury, family law and probate. If you are looking for an experienced Georgia trial attorney to fight for you, contact Jacque Hawk at jdhawk@thehawkfirm.com or call (706) 724-8537.

The Hawk Firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers, founded in 1984 by attorney Jacque D. Hawk. Today, Hawk and his associates remain committed to achieving results and are experienced in many areas of law, including criminal defense, drug possession, violent crimes, personal injury, car accident injury, medical malpractice, family/adoption law, and probate law. To discuss your legal needs, call 706-724-8537 or fill out our online contact form. Located in downtown Augusta, we serve the greater Augusta, GA, metro area, including Evans, Martinez, Grovetown, and Hephzibah, and handle cases throughout Georgia.

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10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys in Client Satisfaction 2018

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For the second year in a row, our The Hawk Firm founder and CEO, Jacque D. Hawk, has been recognized as one of the 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys in Client Satisfaction, by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys. This award reflects his continued commitment to personal injury law and approval from both peers and clients. If you’re in need of a personal injury lawyer and want to receive maximum compensation for your injury, be sure to contact The Hawk Firm first.

The Hawk Firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers, founded in 1984 by attorney Jacque D. Hawk. Today, Hawk and his associates remain committed to achieving results and are experienced in many areas of law, including criminal defense, drug possession, violent crimes, personal injury, car accident injury, medical malpractice, family/adoption law, and probate law. To discuss your legal needs, call 706-724-8537 or fill out our online contact form. Located in downtown Augusta, we serve the greater Augusta, GA, metro area, including Evans, Martinez, Grovetown, and Hephzibah, and handle cases throughout Georgia.

Why you should have a Last Will and Testament

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The start of a new year is a popular time to get organized. Don’t limit your organizational efforts to your closets – consider ways you can better organize your finances and legal responsibilities. It is never too early to have a last Will and Testament. Establishing a last Will and Testament protects your spouse, your children and your assets in the event that you die. Regardless of the value of your assets, a Will allows you to define:

  • How your estate will be distributed, including who will – and who won’t – receive an inheritance
  • Who will manage the affairs of your estate – known as the executor
  • Who will have custody of your minor children
  • What gifts or donations you’d like to give to specific organizations or causes

A legally sound last Will and Testament can streamline the probate process and minimize estate taxes. Having a Will also allows you to discuss the your intentions as listed in your Will with your immediate family while you are alive, so that no one is surprised by its contents when grief and emotions are running high.

Our attorneys can guide you through the process of writing a last Will and Testament, ensuring that, should you pass away, your family will have a clear understanding of next steps. The resulting peace of mind from this effort – for both you and your loved ones – is undeniable.

The Hawk Firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers, founded in 1984 by attorney Jacque D. Hawk. Today, Hawk and his associates remain committed to achieving results and are experienced in many areas of law, including criminal defense, drug possession, violent crimes, personal injury, car accident injury, medical malpractice, family/adoption law, and probate law. To discuss your legal needs, call 706-724-8537 or fill out our online contact form. Located in downtown Augusta, we serve the greater Augusta, GA, metro area, including Evans, Martinez, Grovetown, and Hephzibah, and handle cases throughout Georgia.