Springfield Personal Injury Lawyer
Steven has been with Hall Ansley, P.C. since June 2003, practicing in the areas of products liability, deceptive trade practices, probate litigation and personal injury. He is licensed to practice law in Missouri, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri. In addition, Steven taught Legal Research and Writing for the Finance and General Business Department at Missouri State University from the fall of 2005 through 2010.
Steven and his wife Jessica have been married since 1997 and they have two sons. Steve enjoys video production, reading and hunting in his spare time.
How do I choose a lawyer?
Consider the following:
- Comfort Level
- - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
- - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
- - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
- - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
Not sure what questions to ask a lawyer?
Here are a few to get you started:
- How long have you been in practice?
- How many cases like mine have you handled?
- How often do you settle cases out of court?
- What are your fees and costs?
- What are the next steps?
Want to check lawyer discipline?
It is always a good idea to research your lawyer prior to hiring. Every state has a disciplinary organization that monitors attorneys, their licenses, and consumer complaints. By researching lawyer discipline you can:
- Ensure the attorney is currently licensed to practice in your state
- Gain an understanding of his or her historical disciplinary record, if any.
- Determine the seriousness of complaints/issues which could range from late bar fees to more serious issues requiring disciplinary action.