For more than 20 years, Shannon Welch has successfully represented clients in many areas of civil litigation including will contests and trust litigation, fiduciary litigation, professional negligence, catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases, and family partnership disputes. In addition to her trial practice, Ms. Welch is a proponent of a wide variety of alternative dispute resolution processes. She is trained in collaborative law and mediation, and has completed her Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management.
Consider the following:
Comfort Level - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
Credentials - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
Cost - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
City - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
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