How to Choose a Lawyer
Hiring a lawyer is not as simple as it seems. While we hardly have a shortage of attorneys, they are not all created equal. You need to look into a few things before deciding whether or not a lawyer is the best for your case.
Attorneys usually offer an initial consultation for free. Take advantage of this meeting when discerning the lawyer’s sincerity. Sometimes, all you need is to talk to them and you will instantly pick up vibes. Try asking them about your your case’ of success. If they sound too optimistic, downplaying the risks and costs involved, honesty may not be in their book.
Your initial meeting with an attorney can also tell you how detail-oriented and responsive they will be when they begin working on your case. Find out how you will be updated on the status of your case, as well as who will be handling your case directly (a paralegal most likely if you go with a big law firm). And don’t forget to ask if you are allowed to call them for questions or issues that you may need their help with. If they balk at the idea, that will surely be a problem. Let your gut be your guide.
Your Price Range
Finding the right lawyer means finding one you can afford to pay. Ask for a formal cost estimate (in writing, of course), along with a contract that includes the maximum amount you can pay them for their services. This will help keep unpleasant surprises at bay.
Besides an honest lawyer, you’ll also want someone who has vast experience in the area of law for which you need them. If you’re filing a personal injury claim, for example, you probably shouldn’t hire a lawyer who specializes in DUIs. It’s okay to hire a generalist for non-sensitive cases; otherwise, they can only harm your case because of their lack of detailed knowledge and experience.
Looking for a Lawyer
Besides the phone book and personal recommendation, there are other resources you can count on, like unions and the American Bar Association. Additionally, members of the military may be entitled to certain representation under their umbrella and home insurance policies.
In the end, you need to make sure that you have the best lawyer you can afford, right by your side. And you cannot determine who’s best unless you’ve made some logical comparisons. In simple terms, don’t be content considering just one lawyer for the job. Make a shortlist of at least three candidates and research their backgrounds and differences. That’s how you make a well-informed decision when hiring a lawyer.